Arroyo masterful in win
The Reds earned 3-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday that gave them two wins in the series. At worst, they leave with a split or they can win their first series here since 2006 by beating Cole Hamels on Thursday. Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds.
The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 2-for-4, HR, triple. Bruce now has 26 home runs to lead the team in that category and with 79 RBIs. His homer to RF in the fifth was long drive into the second deck of right field
No. 2 star: Domonic Brown, PHI — 2-for-3, HR, double. Brown was the big pesky hitter that got in Arroyo’s way. He hit Arroyo’s first pitch into the right field seats in the fifth to break up a perfect game. After that, Arroyo retired eight more in a row until Brown burned him a second time with a one-out double to the wall in right-center field. Brown robbed Arroyo of a hit with a nice diving catch in right field to end the top of the second. He also lost a ball in the lights in the fourth, which allowed Bruce to get a triple. Then he threw out Bruce trying to tag up and score of Todd Frazier’s fly for an inning-ending double play.
No. 1 star: Bronson Arroyo — 8 ip, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 86 pitches/61 strikes. Arroyo was dominating and retired his 14 in a row and first 22 of 23. He hadn’t beaten the Phillies since 2000, when he pitched for the Pirates. Entering the night, he was 1-7 with a 7.28 ERA lifetime vs. PHI. He was 0-2 with a 18.00 ERA here.
“I can’t complain about anything, really,” Arroyo said. “My sinker was there. I had command of the strike zone. I got quick outs. It was as good of a ballgame as I could throw.”
The Reds now have four 10-game winners as Arroyo has moved to 10-7. The last time the Reds had four 10-game winners was 2000 and the pitchers were Steve Parris, Elmer Dessens, Ron Villone and Danny Graves.
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News and notes:
*Aroldis Chapman took a broken bat off of his lower left leg in the ninth when Ty Wiggington notched a RBI single. Chapman was looked at briefly by the trainer but was expected to be OK. He had an ice pack but didn’t seemed bothered by the incident.
*Chapman now has 31 saves but that was his 23rd in a row, which tied a club record held by John Franco and Rob Dibble. I wrote about Chapman pre-game and you can read that story here.
*Todd Frazier has a seven-game hitting streak. He hit a second-inning single. During the streak, he is 10-for-23 (.435).