Arroyo does it all
Apologies for a very abridged Three Stars after a 3-2 Reds win.
No. 3 star: Aroldis Chapman — 1 ip, 32nd save. It was also the 24th consecutive save for Chapman, which set a new single-season club record.
“Just keep on going,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He hadn’t pitched in four or five days. That’s why we saved Broxton yesterday. We were sort of spent in our bullpen. Broxton was fresh throwing 95-97 and Chapman was fresh. It’s always good when you have fresh arms there.”
No. 2 star: Justin Upton, ARI — 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs. Upton took Bronson Arroyo deep to LF in the second inning and had a RBI single in the fourth.
No. 1 star: Bronson Arroyo — 6 ip, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 99 pitches/65 strikes. Arroyo, who is 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA over his last four starts, also hit the game-winning HR in the top of the sixth, which came after both a very solid eight-pitch at-bat and a correctly overturned call by the umpires. The ball originally appeared to hit the top of the ball and was waved off for a homer. Instant replay showed that it hit a railing beyond the fence. It was Arroyo’s sixth career homer.
“We just knew that ball ricocheted too hard to just hit off the wall there,” Baker said. “Thank God for instant replay. That was the game winner.”
“Things are kind of working out a little bit. I’ve been feeling good but I’ve been feeling good all year. Early on, I just didn’t get some breaks or some runs in key situations. Lately, I’m getting runs late in the game when you need them to give you a chance to hold the lead and give it to the bullpen. Sometimes things just have to fall into place and they’ve been falling into place the last six weeks.” — Arroyo on his recent streak on the mound.