Postgame extra: Arroyo heating up
Besides having every reason to be encouraged about a 5-2 road trip so far, the Reds could also start looking at Bronson Arroyo and think about feeling good. Arroyo came to Citi Field last year and rolled a complete game shutout. Then he went on to have a big league best 2.07 ERA over his final 16 starts.
Arroyo is off to a 9-4 start with a 4.04 ERA. In the 3-1 win over the Mets Wednesday, he had eight mostly smooth innings and needed only 99 pitches (72 strikes). He could have finished the game, and in fact, wanted to.
“This time of year, I always physically feel good and feel like I have good stuff,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo said tonight was the best he has felt all season.
“For sure. I knew I had decent stuff coming out of the ‘pen today, which was nice,” Arroyo said. “I feel like I’m getting a little bit stronger as time goes on. I knew my sinker was going to be really good. They ran a decent number of lefties at me but I felt I had so much movement, I had a chance to get a bunch of groundballs.”
Other items of note —
*Nice game by Chris Heisey — made a super-long running catch on Jason Bay in the sixth and then slugged a homer in the seventh for the go-ahead run.
*Also a solid night for Brandon Phillips. Besides a homer in the third, he made a super bare-handed pick and throw while running to his right on Alex Cora’s grounder in the seventh.
*The Mets had won six-straight home series since May 10-12. They are 29-14 this season at Citi Field.
More quotes —
“Other than that home run to Angel Pagan, he was throwing quality strike after quality strike. He had them off balance. He got one big double play when we needed it.” — Dusty Baker on Arroyo.
“When it was hit, my immediate reaction is I took two steps and looked over at Stubbs. I could tell he was not going to get there. So at that point, I tried to go catch it and lucky enough, I got there and made the play. I caught it and thought I’d be right next to the fence. I still at about 10 feet of grass before the warning track. It’s 415 [feet] to the gap out there. There’s hardly any places that are as big as this field.” — Chris Heisey on his long catch in the sixth.
“I was laughing with David Wright at third base, telling him I was working on that since spring. Sometimes, the ball bounces your way. That’s why you play 162. You never know what can happen on any given night.” — Bronson Arroyo, on his strange bunt single in the seventh. It was blooped over pitcher Jon Niese’s head in square in the middle of the infield. No one could make a play.
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