Confident Redlegs, 5-2 on road trip
There has been a lot of rightful concern about the Reds hitting but no one can complain about the final outcome. Monday’s 4-3 win gave the Reds three of four in the Astros series. Cincinnati, which came in batting a MLB-low .210 cranked out 10 hits during the win.
This was a huge win for April. It means a 5-2 road trip as the Reds head to Chicago for three more games vs. the Cubs. Believe it or not, first place will up for grabs.
“I know it’s early but they all count,” manager Dusty Baker said.
Joey Votto continues to be a clutch hitter, and the lone regular that hasn’t struggled at all. Votto has hit safely in 10 of 12 games and his two-run double to left field that won it just missed being a homer.
“Hopefully, it’s going to be a lot of fun when everybody gets going,” Votto said. “I’m looking forward to it. Until then, we’ll do our best to win these tight games and just hopefully keep beating these teams in the division.”
Bronson Arroyo is the first Reds starter off to a 3-0 start since Mike Remlinger in 1997. Arroyo threw 81 pitches over seven innings and allowed three earned runs on nine hits with no walks and six Ks. He induced 10 groundball outs and two double plays.
“I can not complain, man,” Arroyo said. “I haven’t even felt lights-out but I’ve been getting enough outs, a lot of double play balls and getting runners on a lot and just squeezing out of innings. Fortunate enough, everything has fallen into place for us.”
Arthur Rhodes worked into and out of a tense eighth inning with the bases loaded. Using nine fastballs, including three two-strike fouls, Rhodes got Hunter Pence looking at strike three to end the threat. David Weathers, Mike Lincoln and Jared Burton (all right-handers) stayed in the bullpen while the lefty Rhodes faced the right-handed core of Houston’s lineup.
“We tried to stay away from him because he had a 28-pitch inning last night,” Baker said of Weathers. “Plus, Tejada didn’t hit him very well. Lee is always dangerous but didn’t have many at-bats against him and Pence is usually better against right-handers than left-handers. It was like ‘hey, c’mon Arthur.’”
Let’s be real — you didn’t think the Reds would be 7-5 overall and a half-game out of first place did you?
“We’ll just keep riding the wave. I’ll take it.”
Arroyo will take it, how about you?