Tied for best record in NL
The Reds have won eight in a row, 15 of 17 and sit 19 games over .500 after a 3-0 win over the Rockies on Friday. Click here to read full game story.
Here are the three stars:
No. 3 star: Aroldis Chapman – 1 ip, 1 H, 3 K. Chapman earned save No. 20 and was filthy. Of his 11 pitches, 10 were strikes. He struck out Todd Helton with an 88 mph slider and recorded his other two K’s with 101 mph fastballs.
No. 2 star: Ryan Ludwick — 2-for-3, double RBI. Ludwick’s fourth-inning double scored Cincinnati’s first run. He has three doubles and three RBIs on the road trip. He’s also batting .311 (33-for-106) over his last 31 games to raise his average from .201 to .248. I wrote a notebook item on Ludwick’s tear. Click here to read.
No. 1 star: Bronson Arroyo — 6 2/3 ip, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 85 pitches/61 strikes. Arroyo retired 11 in a row before his first hit and worked out of one tight jam in the fifth. Despite the low pitch count, he was on fumes energy wise and told Dusty Baker/Bryan Price to get the bullpen going.
“In this atmosphere, a couple of times I had to run hard and I was low a little bit blood sugar wise,” Arroyo said. “I felt like I was getting the shakes a little bit. I didn’t want them to be surprised because my pitch count was so low.”
“He was tiring there,” Baker said. “You could tell how they were starting to hit him and he hadn’t been feeling real good. So we figured that was enough.”
News and notes:
*At 59-40, the Reds are tied with the Nationals for the best record in the NL.
*Another nice game for Alfredo Simon, who pitched 1 1/3 innings after Arroyo.
*Scott Rolen played in his 2,000th career game on Friday. A total of 292 of them came with the Reds. He has 844 games with the Phillies, 661 with the Cardinals and 203 for the Blue Jays.
*Baker was thrilled to have gotten a shutout at Coors Field.
“I can’t tell you the last time I was on a team that shut these guys out in Colorado. That doesn’t happen very often,” Baker said.
*After the game, the Rockies traded 2B Marco Scutaro to the Giants.