Arroyo sets Reds HR allowed record
I touched on this in my game story on MLB.com (click here) but Reds starter Bronson Arroyo entered the team record book on Sunday. The first-inning solo home run he allowed to Nick Franklin was No. 235 he gave up in a Reds uniform. It broke Tom Browning’s record of 234. Arroyo also gave up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak on a two-out first pitch in the third inning. Neither long ball were monster shots. The first was 380 feet to right field and Smoak’s was 378 feet to left field.
Arroyo has had to spend much of a career pitching at Great American Ball Park, something Browning never did. Of course in 2011, Arroyo gave up a single-season club record 46 homers. I didn’t have room in my story, but here are some extended quotes on the topic from Arroyo:
“I think if you probably stack up my runs that I’ve given up in this ballpark vs. my homers – how many runs I’ve given up on homers and runs on non-homers scored, it’s got to be pretty much as skewed as you can get of anybody that has pitched in this uniform,” Arroyo said.
“I throw a certain style ball and guys hit the ball in the air off me quite a bit. Playing in a ballpark where maybe half the homers that go out aren’t homers in other ballparks that are larger, it’s just the way it is. You hope it evens out.
“You take every home run I’ve ever given up in this ballpark and stick me in San Francisco, maybe I only give up two-thirds of them. That’s life here. It obviously swings both ways so you can’t be so disappointed by it.”
Other items of note:
*Reds pitchers posted a 2.38 ERA during the six game homestand (with the one rainout).
*LHP Manny Parra had a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 appearances, totaling 12 innings.
*The Mariners have a MLB-leading 22 first-inning home runs this season. They did it in all three games of this series.