Toronto = bad for Arroyo
For whatever reason, pitching in Toronto hasn’t been good for Bronson Arroyo.
“Not since I switched over to this uniform. I used to do alright here,” he said.
His line during an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays: 3 2/3 innings, eight hits, seven runs, six earned, with three walks, two strikeouts and THREE HOME RUNS.
Guess it could have been worse for Arroyo. On June 24, 2008, in what was one of the worst outings in Major League history, he gave up 10 earned runs and 11 hits in just one inning.
Arroyo’s ERA in his last two starts here: 30.90.
“I’d much rather face these guys at our park next time,” Arroyo said. “I don’t know if that’s going to happen. Both times I’ve been here, it’s been a struggle. It just seems like they’re swinging at everything on the plate and taking everything off the plate.”
Toronto’s hitters seemed to know what was coming. Aaron Hill jumped on a first-pitch breaking ball for a two-run homer. Vernon Wells attacked the very next pitch — a fastball. The next thing the Reds knew, they were down 5-0.
It was another demoralizing night for the lineup. They got just two hits over seven innings against Scott Richmond, who retired his final 14 in a row.
“We were kind of behind the eight ball from the very beginning,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It makes it tough, especially when you’re not scoring a lot of runs. You can only get behind so much early.”
Big picture: Reds are 34-36, two below .500. They’ve lost four in a row and 9 of 12. Something needs to turn, and soon.
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