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Arroyo good to go for Thursday

 RHP Bronson Arroyo tested his sore Achilles tendon with a bullpen session on Tuesday. There were no issues.

“I felt surprisingly real good,” Arroyo said. “I’m ready to roll today. I’m good. I just threw a regular bullpen, 45 pitches. It was a little shorter than I have been but not because of my ankle. It was because it’s getting late in the year and hot.”

As recently as Sunday, Arroyo said he was sore after running.

Arroyo is scheduled to start the Thursday series finale vs. the Nationals.

 

Another heartbreaker

Beat the Braves, get swept by the Mets, sweep the Giants, lose to the Astros. It’s a wonder that not every Reds fans’ hair has turned gray in 2011.

A 4-3 loss in 10 innings came on a dropped ball at the plate on a fielder’s choice. But don’t pin this on catcher Ryan Hanigan. The whole team was 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men. The Reds were facing an Astros team with a lot of newbies as well.

Notes:

*Save for a three-run second inning, very nice start for Bronson Arroyo. He tied a season high with eight innings pitched and allowed only the three runs with six hits, two walks and three strikeouts He retired 13 of his last 14 batters and 18 of 20. For the first time since June 13, he did not allow a home run.

*Brandon Phillips might have had the play of the night in baseball in 10th had the Reds recorded the out. With the bases loaded and the infield in, Phillips made a spectacular diving stop on Jose Altuve’s screamer up the middle. Hanigan could not hold on to the throw to the plate.

*Since his 11 appearance, 8 2/3 innings scoreless streak, Logan Ondrusek has given up 4 ER, 8 H and over his last five appearances.

*The Reds are a season-high 7 1/2 games out of first place after the Brewers beat the Cardinals.

*With a third-inning double, Joey Votto has produced at least one extra-base hit in each of his last 11 games at Minute Maid Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak by a player at any park since Houston’s Jeff Bagwell produced an extra-base hit in 11 straight games from 1993-95 at SF’s Candlestick Park/3Com Park.

*The Reds are 7-5 in extra inning games and 16-24 in one-run games.

Quotes:

I’ve had my back against the wall a lot lately. I’m just trying to survive out there. I was happy to go deep in the ballgame and giving us a chance to win. It’s not any more satisfying really at this point in the season seeing how many games far back we are. We need every win we can get regardless of how well you throw.” — Bronson Arroyo

“We left runners out there all night. We couldn’t get the big hit.” — Dusty Baker

“We had some chances and didn’t come through. This team is hungry. You can’t take this team real lightly because you never know who will be out there. We really don’t know many guys out there. But I’ll tell you one thing, the way they played, they showed they were really hungry and we have to motivate ourselves to really go out there and push ourselves harder for us to get the win.” — Brandon Phillips on the Astros

“It’s a good lineup over there. Those guys definitely can hit the ball and they mashed a lot of singles. Luckily enough, no any real damage, a couple doubles here and there but like I said, keeping them at bay is all I can do, and once again, hats go off to the bullpen and the guys for finding a way to win.” — Astros RHP Bud Norris

Arroyo: ‘Yeah, it’s totally frustrating’

 The Reds have scored two runs or less in five of their seven losses since the All-Star break. Wednesday fit the desciption of lackluster in every manner during an 8-2 loss to the Mets.

A team that was first in runs during the first half, came into tonight 11th in runs in the second half. The Reds are 5-7 since the break and at 50-54, a season-high four games under .500.

 “Obviously the team hasn’t had a long winning streak in such a long time,” starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo said. “Yeah, it’s totally frustrating – not just for myself but for the whole ballclub. There’s nothing else to do but come in tomorrow and have a good attitude about playing the game. The further and further it goes in games like this and series like this, it definitely becomes a little harder to be optimistic about the mood of the team.”

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who came in with a 5-9 record and 4.73 ERA stuffed the Reds for a complete game. Cincinnati only had three runners in scoring position all night.

“Not a whole bunch to say. They beat us up pretty good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Notes:

*Baker wonders if there is a health concern with Arroyo after another poor outing. Arroyo finished with five runs (four earned) and seven hits allowed over six innings with three walks and three strikeouts. He’s allowed at least four runs in each of his last six starts, including his most recent victory on June 25 at Baltimore. He is 7-9 with a 5.58 ERA.

“We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong,” Baker said. “We don’t know at this point. Everybody is a little banged up. It just depends how banged up somebody is. Hopefully we’ll get a truthful answer from Bronson.”

Arroyo claimed that his health was currently fine. His 30 homers allowed eclipsed last season’s total of 29 and left him one shy of his career high.

“I felt pretty good. I’m just not getting it done,” Arroyo said. “I feel better now than I did two months ago. Pitching performances — not to say I’ve been throwing the ball well — you win a ballgame 5-4 and it looks OK. You lose the ballgame 5-0 and it looks terrible. The mediocre outings look even worse, especially tonight.”

*I didn’t address this from the pregame blog, but Baker certainly noticed the Cardinals big trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto and brought in starter Edwin Jackson, right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Corey Patterson.

“There’s some level of frustration in here because the the rich teams get richer at this time of year,” Baker said. “They usually do something this time of year. They usually did something when Walt [Jocketty] was there.”

*After getting the night out of the lineup Monday, Joey Votto is 4-for-8 with two home runs. He hit homer No. 15 to left field in the fourth inning against Pelfrey.

Quotes:

“I don’t know if it becomes more urgent because you can’t win two games in one day. All you can do is play each one out. You’re not capable of doing more than you can. You go out there, prepare and play the game hard…I don’t know if it’s urgent or any kind of panicking. It definitely becomes hard to be optimistic about the thing as a whole.” — Bronson Arroyo

“He threw the ball well tonight. He threw strikes, got ahead. We just couldn’t muster much other than Joey and a couple of other hits.” — Dusty Baker on Mike Pelfrey

Rotation on a roll

 The Reds aren’t breaking off on a huge winning streak yet, but they are getting some very good starting pitching. And that could eventually reap benefits for sustained winning.

Bronson Arroyo worked into the eighth inning for the Reds 6-4 win over the Dodgers. He allowed 4 ER, 6 H,  0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB. He threw 98 pitches/68 strikes.

The Reds rotation is 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA over the last eight games and has three wins during the 3-2 road trip to this point.

“It’s going to be the key for us,” Arroyo said. “If we don’t have that, we’re not going be able to win ballgames. As good as our offense has been numbers-wise throughout the whole year compared with the rest of the league, it’s not enough to overcome four and five-run deficits early in the ballgame. For us to get deep in the ballgame like we are, try to peel back the innings for the guys in the bullpen a little bit, especially going into the hotter months of the season, will be key for us.”

Notes:

 

 

*Arroyo is 4-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his last four starts vs. the Dodgers.

*Francisco Cordero notched career save No. 303 by striking out the side in the ninth after a leadoff walk. Cordero is tied with Doug Jones for 20th on the all-time saves list.

*Homers by Chris Heisey (two outs, sixth) and Joey Votto (three-run shot, seventh) snapped a five-game streak without a home run for the Reds.

*Arroyo helped himself with a bloop RBI single to right field in the seventh that provided the go-ahead run.

*After the Reds couldn’t win a game at Chavez Ravine from 2006-2009 (0-12), they have won three of the last four here.

Quotes:

“They’ve thrown well. They threw well in San Francisco. Obviously Bronson threw well tonight. You hope for that every time. Our offense is necessary but the team’s priority is always pitching and defense.” — Joey Votto

“That was a big home run by Heisey because Kuroda was really dealing at the time.” — Dusty Baker

5-4 homestand, not 6-3

 Even though the Reds dropped two of three to the Dodgers last weekend, they had a chance to sweep the Cubs three-game and complete a very nice 6-3 home stand.

It didn’t happen.

The Reds were awfully quiet during a 4-1 loss to the Cubs. After coming up empty during a bases-loaded, one out rally in the first inning, there was only Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the third inning off Ryan Dempster. After that, Cubs pitching retired the final 19 of 20.

“We had a chance for a sweep,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That three in a row is eluding us big time. We’ll get it. We’re like real close. Perhaps we’ll turn it around on this road trip. The last road trip, we had a bad one so we’re due for an excellent one.”

The Reds leave for a 7-day trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles. It stays tough after that with the Blue Jays and Yankees at home.

Notes:

*Dempster had a great game but was nearly a scratch because of hip pain. Chicago had Rodrigo Lopez also warming up pre-game just in case.

*The game essentially turned on back-to-back Cubs homers for three runs in the fourth by Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez. For Arroyo, they were homers No. 15 and 16 allowed for the season, tying him with Brett Myers for the NL lead.

*A fourth run charged to Arroyo scored on a Jose Arredondo balk in the seventh. With runners on the corners and two outs, Arredondo had a 3-2 count on Ramirez when he made a pickoff move to first base. He had keep the ball upon realizing Joey Votto wasn’t holding the runner.

*Bruce’s RBI single gave him a 10-game hitting streak.

*Jonny Gomes struck out as a pinch-hitter with Paul Janish on third with a two-out triple. Gomes is 0-for-10 as a pinch-hitter this season with seven strikeouts.

*Joey Votto has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached 60 of his 62 games played.

Quotes:

“It’s definitely disappointing. The way we’ve been playing lately, we can’t really afford to have a lot of close games get away from us. It’s been tough for us to come back from games that we’ve been behind once we’ve given up the lead. It’s hard to overcome that. Right now, we’re just fighting to get every win we can and we just can’t seem to be able to catch a nice streak where they seem to come easy. Everything has been difficult. It’s not going to get any easier in the next couple of weeks.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Somebody has got to tell him he’s playing behind him in that situation. I’ve seen Aramis hit that hole over there too many times. That’s one of his favorite RBI holes over there. We were trying to cover that hole but just didn’t communicate and tell him we were playing off the bag at 3-2. We have to tighten up our game in all departments. If we do that, we’ll be great.” — Dusty Baker on the Arredondo balk.

“All the games here on out are big games for us. We’re playing catch-up in the division and we have to win every one that we can.” — Drew Stubbs

*You won’t have me in San Francisco these next four games. We’ll pick it up from Los Angeles on Monday.

Losing streak at six

 

The Reds certainly have reasons to get more than a little concerned now. The losing streak, a season-high six games, has now crept into a second turn of the rotation. Bronson Arroyo was roughed up for nine runs and 10 hits in only 2 2/3 innings, including two homers for a 10-3 loss to the Phillies.

That’s back-to-back 2 2/3 innings outings between Arroyo and Edinson Volquez. Johnny Cueto needs to be good Tuesday, especially after he had a lackluster five-inning performance on Thursday vs PIT. Travis Wood was good in his Friday start vs. the Indians but unraveled after 5 1/3 no-hit innings. Only Homer Bailey has had a tremendous outing from start to finish and he was undone by one bad pitch for a two-run homer and 2-1 loss Saturday.

“That’s what we talked about not long ago – trying to stay out of long slumps,” Arroyo said. “For as long as I’ve been on this ballclub, it always seems as if everything comes in clumps. You win three or four and then you lose four or five. That’s basically playing .500 ball, which is not going to be good enough to get by.”

Notes:
*During the last six games, the Reds are batting .199 (39-for-196).

*Entering tonight, the Phillies had been held to three runs or less for nine-straight games.

*Cole Hamels is now 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA in the regular season vs. CIN. Had Arroyo kept the game close, Hamels might have been beatable. He had 102 pitches over six innings and wasn’t the sharpest he’s been against them.

*Chase Utley was 0-for-5 in season debut for the Phillies. The crowd of 45,841 fans was the largest in the regular season history at Citizens Bank Park.

*Jay Bruce hit his team-leading 12th homer, a three-run shot off the RF foul pole in the fourth. He is 8-for-11 (.611) with four homers and six RBIs over the last five games. Now the Reds need to spread th the wealth around.

*This is the longest losing streak for the Reds since an eight-game stretch from July 28-Aug. 4, 2009.

Quotes:

“A team as good as these guys, even though they’ve been struggling more than they have in the past, you just can’t give them those bloop hits because those are almost like us making an error. It’s extra at-bats and extra outs for us. They make you pay for it, especially at home. They play really when their crowd gets into the ballgame.” — Bronson Arroyo on the Phillies

“Two days in a row of going to our bullpen early. We can’t keep going there. We had a nice run there, 8-9 games, where we got deep in the game. The last couple of games, we’ve had early departures.” — Dusty Baker

Not much for Morton

Charlie Morton.

And that’s about it, good night everybody….

OK…and we’re back. Morton certainly made it look easy with a five-hitter and 5-0 shutout over the Reds. The guy was 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA against the Reds last season now has two complete games against them this year.

“We’ve got to figure him out because he’s given us the blues the last couple of times out,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Notes:

*Joey Votto wasn’t trucking too fast as he was running from first to third inning on a Brandon Phillips double and it wasn’t from lack of effort. Even if he was, it was doubtful he could score.

“He’s hobbling a little bit. We don’t want everybody to know it,” Baker said of Votto. He did not elaborate on the nature of the issue, however.

*The game lasted only two hours, 17 minutes — fastest for the Reds this season.

*Morton recorded 14 groundball outs.

*Bronson Arroyo gave up five runs in seven innings — all coming via two homers by Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen. He was the first Reds starter to lose since May 3 — a stretch of 13 games.

*That previous mentioned double extended extended Phillips hitting streak to nine games with a double in the first inning.

*The Reds five-game winning streak and seven-game home winning streak is over.

Quotes:

“I look forward to pitching against this team. I respect everyone in this lineup – every single hitter. To pitch well here, it’s not an easy part to pitch in. To pitch well against them, is it slightly more rewarding? Yeah, it is.” — Pirates RHP Charlie Morton

“He was more of a power pitcher last year, throwing four-seamers and most of the stuff was hard. I heard last year they didn’t really allow him to throw his two-seamer. This year, they have a different pitching coach and now he’s throwing that two-seamer, which is a sinker. When your sinker is working and the groundballs aren’t going through, it’s tough to really center the ball. When you do, it’s on the ground.” — Dusty Baker

The bats back Arroyo

It’s too early to say if everything is back in business offensively, but at least on Monday the Reds lineup had found their mojo, some giddyup…some — well, something. A 9-5 win over the Brewers featured 12 hits, including a season-high eight in the top of the third inning.

Big night for Brandon Phillips in the cleanup spot — 3-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored. He also drew a walk. He had a RBI single during the six-run third inning and his two-run single provided insurance in the top of the ninth as Milwaukee inched back into the game.

What did you think of the altered lineup?

Notes:

*Nice game for Bronson Arroyo, who pitched 6.1 ip, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He also had a two-out RBI single in the big third inning. The early lead allowed Arroyo to cruise. He was working nice and easy and had some pitches down in the low 80s mph getting the job done.

*With two singles in the third, Drew Stubbs became the first Reds batter with two hits in an inning since Adam Dunn on 8/22/06 vs HOU

*The Reds were 5-for-11 RISP.

*Of the 16 batters to face Brewers starter Chris Narveson, eight notched hits.

*Bill Bray saw his scoreless streak come to an end. Bray, who came in with 8 1/3 scoreless inningsover 10 appearances (including 0-for-3 inherited runners scored). Bray allowed a one-out single to Casey McGehee and a walk in the eighth. Against Nick Masset, Jonathan Lucroy drove in McGehee with a single up the middle.

*The Reds have 19 of the last 22 games vs. Milwaukee, including all four this season and six in a row going back to 2010.

Quotes:

“When stuff like that happens, it lets you know we’re almost there. We’re coming together. It’s about that time. Good things are going to go through things like that. The change to the lineup really woke us up a little bit…it was an eye-opener.” — Brandon Phillips.

“Every time we go into St. Louis it’s mentally draining and physically draining because they’re always hard-fought games and those guys seem to place us really tough. Hopefully we can get tomorrow and wrap this series up and go into the last one looking for a sweep.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Arroyo is a tough pitcher. He throws exactly what you’re not looking for.” — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke

“That’s what we’re going to have to do, kind of, especially until we get Scotty back. I’m glad we got Brandon hot behind Joey. Jay Bruce swung the bat well tonight. He got only one hit but hit the ball well three times.” — Dusty Baker

Reds have .500 record

There will no doubt be hemming and hawing throughout Greater Cincinnati tonight. After the uber hot start, the Reds are suddenly 9-9. A 3-1 loss gave them four-straight losses and a 1-5 homestand.

Some things I looked at for my postgame story:

*Through 18 games last season, they were 7-11.

*Through 30 games last season, they were 15-15.

I’m usually pretty pragmatic about winning and losing skids. At the moment, obviously, this team is not getting it done. But maybe it’ll be OK to keep the glass sealed over the panic button a little while longer.

Notes:

*Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a RBI double to keep his reach safely streak to all 18 games.

*Ryan Hanigan snapped a 0-for-12 streak with his one-out single in the fifth inning.

*Bronson Arroyo threw first pitch strikes to 20 of the 25 batters he faced. He retired 15 in a row at one point, with eight of them strikeouts. Arroyo did give up a run in the first inning, which has become all too familiar lately for this rotation.

*The Reds have been outscored 22-12 in the first inning this season. The 22 runs allowed leads MLB.

*Aroldis Chapman hit 100 a couple of times during 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He had two walks — one with two outs in the seventh and the other with two outs in the eighth.

Quotes:

“You don’t like where you are. It adds to sleepless nights when you’re losing but the reality of it all, our best days haven’t even gotten here yet as a team. As long we don’t listen to people, as long as we don’t panic, and we continue to work hard, things are going to be great. I’m as positive now as I ever was. I’m not as happy as I was. Our start spoiled people. It spoiled us. It spoiled everybody.” — Dusty Baker.

“You think about the first series of the year against Houston and what those guys were feeling like when everything was going our way, all the big hits at the right time and making all the pitches when you needed to. It’s such a long season and that’s the ebb and flow of the game. That’s why you cherish every win you get in the game. There are times when they come easy and seems like they’re just going to keep coming. You know eventually you’re going to go down the other side of the mountain. Those are the times you have to come to the ballpark and try to simplify things.” — Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo close to kicking mono

Having mononucleosis probably isn’t the cats’ pajamas for Bronson Arroyo, but he’s not outwardly appearing all that hindered on the mound.

Despite a couple of jams, Arroyo pitched six very good innings in Saturday’s 6-1 Reds win. He allowed eight hits and no walks and had six strikeouts. He had five of those K’s over the first two innings.

In two starts, Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, no walks and 11 strikeouts. Tonight, he was done after six innings and 94 pitches. Without mono, he likely would have gone seven innings. The mono-free days might soon be approaching.

“I will probably be close after the next two starts,” Arroyo said. “I’m able to workout very close to 100 percent now between starts. I’m just not quite as strong as I should be. I can’t throw the ball as hard as I feel like I can. I can really feel it taking batting practice. That’s kind of the measure for me on the strength I have when I’m hitting the ball. I’m not far off but I think it will take a little more time.”

Other notes:

*Joey Votto’s seven-game hitting streak ended as he went 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.

*Scott Rolen has a seven-game hitting streak and nine RBIs overall for the season. He hit his RBI single tonight in the top of the first.

*Paul Janish has a six-game hitting streak and went 2-for-4 after a scoring change. In the ninth, his hit to the shortstop was originally scored an E6.

Quotes:

“Obviously there wasn’t much going on for offensively later. That’s not a discredit to us. That’s a credit to him. He threw the ball well. We’ve faced him three times. He’s thrown the ball well every time. The ball just explodes well out of his hand. He controls the game with his fastball and has a couple of good secondary pitches.” — Scott Rolen on D-Backs starter Daniel Hudson

“He pitched great. He pitched masterfully. There weren’t that many balls hit hard and we got some runs early.” — Dusty Baker on Arroyo

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