Arroyo’s gem w/offensive support
Here are the Three Stars after a smooth 6-0 Reds victory over the Padres on Friday that snapped a three-game losing streak and a three-game streak of only scoring one run.
No. 3 star: Ryan Hanigan — 2-for-4, 2-run homer. It was Hanigan’s shot to left field that got the Reds more than one run for the first time in four games.
“[Arroyo] has kind of been that guy this year for a lot of his starts where we haven’t given him too much run support. I was glad to contribute there and give him some breathing room,” Hanigan said
No. 2 star: Zack Cozart — 2-for-4, 1 HR. It was Cozart’s leadoff homer in the first inning — his second of this trip — that gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead. The club obviously wanted to get more after the last few days.
“Everybody knows the past week or so that we haven’t been putting a lot of runs on the board,” Cozart said. “Pitchers have kept us in the game. It showed yesterday we had the one run and it didn’t stick. It’s tough to win games when you’re scoring only one run.”
No. 1 star: Bronson Arroyo — 9 ip, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 110 pitches/72 strikes. Arroyo got his first complete game of the season, the Reds’ their first CG shutout of the season (and the club’s first since Arroyo on 9/21/11). He pitched a terrific game all the way around.
“You only get one of those games like that every couple of years where everything is just going your way,” Arroyo said. “For me, pitching with my head has always been my game. Those guys were a little messed up tonight. I beat guys with pitches I usually don’t beat guys with – 87 on the outer half and guys being late and stuff. That was basically just mixing up the pitches good enough for them not to be knowing what’s coming. That’s the biggest compliment for me to go out there and have a game go like that.”
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News and notes:
*Drew Stubbs’ double in the ninth inning snapped a 0-for-32 stretch. It was the longest skid by a Reds position player since Willy Taveras in 2009. Dennis Menke in 1973 was the last Reds hitter to reach 0-for-33. Bobby Adams in 1954 was the last to reach 0-for-34.
*A Reds starter hasn’t allowed a run in 22 innings — going back to the three-run first inning by the Dodgers against Mike Leake on Wednesday.
*3B Todd Frazier, who was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the eighth, is 8-for-21 (.381) since taking over for the injured Scott Rolen on Sunday.