The rotation is humming
The rotation was the story again as Friday’s 4-0 win over the Pirates has given the Reds back-to-back shutouts. While throwing eight scoreless, Bronson Arroyo gave up four hits, three walks and struck out four.
After two first inning hits, he got a Nate McLouth double play and rarely had trouble after that.
“I knew my command was good,” Arroyo said. “I was like ‘if I can make it through this inning without giving up a run here, I’ll be alright.’ Luckily I got the double play and got out of that inning. It just worked out like I thought. It doesn’t always work out like that.”
At one point, Arroyo retired 10 in a row and 16 out of 17 batters. It was the second-straight eight inning start for the rotation after Edinson Volquez and Francisco Cordero threw a one-hitter that blanked the Braves Wednesday. The scoreless innings streak is at 19 overall.
Brandon Phillips hit a leadoff homer in the eighth — the other way. He seems to be heating up.
The lineup did strand 10 men on base but still got enough, especially against a Pirates team that’s been scoreless over their last 22 innings.
“A lot of teams wanted some of our pitching,” manager Dusty Baker said. “You have to be strong in one major area and that’s the area you want to be strong in – pitching. These guys are getting better and better, more confident and one guy feeds off another guy.”
More Arroyo: “I feel like this is the best staff we’ve had since I’ve been here. If we can continue to do things like this, it just breeds confidence in the guys from top to bottom. We hope we can keep holding them down until we can score eight or nine a night and we won’t have to sweat it so much.”
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