Fielder, not Verlander, foils Reds
Let’s take a quick gander at the Three Stars following a 3-2 Reds loss to the Tigers.
No. 3 star: Ramon Santiago — 2-for-4, 1 HR. Santiago hit only his second homer of the season in the top of the second inning.
No. 2 star: Bronson Arroyo — 7 ip, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. 87 pitches/65 strikes. Arroyo retired 12 of his first 14 batters, with the only blemishes being a pair of solo homers.
“Just facing an American League lineup, because you don’t know a lot of the guys, so I was definitely going a little bit harder,” Arroyo said. “I was pitching at a more max effort than I normally do and that’s why I was out of the game after less than 90 pitches, because it had taken it’s toll on me. I was throwing a lot more hard fastballs and even breaking balls, a lot of them were in the upper 70s, which I normally don’t have to do so much. Being that this is a lineup that has a lot of danger in it, I just wanted to make sure that I try to put these guys away.”
No. 1 star: Prince Fielder, DET — 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBIs. Fielder made it a 2-0 game when he blasted a two-out homer off of Arroyo in the fourth. It was Fielder’s RBI single off of Sean Marshall in the eighth that was the game winner. Fielder came into the at-bat 5-for-23 (.217) with 10 K’s vs. Marshall lifetime.
“He’s been lights out against lefties,” Dusty Baker said of Marshall. “He got a curveball up on Boesch and then I had to make a decision at the time. I certainly didn’t want him to face Cabrera. He had quite a bit of success against Prince. He got a slider over the heart of the plate and Prince got a base hit. That was the ballgame.”
Baker video postgame on Arroyo
News and notes:
*Marshall hadn’t given up a hit in his previous 10 appearances since going from closer to setting up.
*The Reds have nothing to hang their heads about when it came to facing Justin Verlander. The much ballyhooed Tigers ran up a pitch count of 127 over six innings. The Reds gave him 30 and 35-pitch innings respectively in the fourth and fifth innings. But you could see Verlander reaching back when he had to. At one point vs. Jay Bruce in the fourth, he went from 92-95 to 100 mph on four-straight pitches to strike him out.
“That’s one of the things that makes him who he is and what he is. Any time you can cruise at 90 and get up to 101, it changes the game a little bit,” Bruce said.
*The Reds were 1-for-8 RISP today. They’ve stranded 28 runners on base the last three games.
*Todd Frazier had that one hit with a lined single to right field off of Verlander’s 101 mph pitch.
“I was trying to find a pitch to hit,” Frazier said. “He was throwing a little harder than he usually is. Usually if you throw harder the ball doesn’t move as much. He was trying to get that fastball and he threw me three in a row and I did something with it. That’s what I was trying to do, just get a couple runs in and drive some guys in.”
*With his fifth-inning single, Arroyo was the first pitcher to get a hit off Verlander since Adam Wainwright in 2009.
*The crowd of 42,443 was the largest non-Opening Day regular season crowd in GABP history.
“Gotta win those tight ones, the low-scoring affairs where it’s a grind to get runs, we have to be able to win those. Today’s a perfect example. 2-2, we got nobody on, two outs, Boesch double and Prince comes up with a big hit. Those are the types of clutch hits in a tight ballgame like this that you need.” — Justin Verlander
“The guy can pitch. He’s not MVP-Cy Young for nothing. You see whenever he got into trouble, he dialed it up to 100. He’d be 92-93 then reach back. That’s what the great ones do. They always have something left. When you can add 7-8 mph upon command, it shows what you really have inside. … It was a great challenge for our ballclub. We rose to the occasion. So did he when he needed to. It was a tough one to lose but we played hard. We were one hit or one pitch away from winning the ballgame.” — Dusty Baker