Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Arredondo (6-2)
L: X. Cedeno (0-1)
S: A. Chapman (34)
–As the Reds entered the top of the eighth, it was looking increasingly likely that the good guys were going to lose two of three to the hapless Astros. Houston was up 3-0, had recorded the first out of the eighth inning, and the Reds had mustered precious little offense all day long.
Enter Jay Bruce, stage left. After Drew Stubbs walked and Brandon Phillips singled, Bruce hit a three-run homer (off a lefty, even) to tie the game. Todd Frazier followed with a single, then Chris Heisey and Miguel Cairo doubled, and before you knew it, Cincinnati led 5-3.
–Another outstanding performance by Bronson Arroyo: six innings, one run, three hits.
–Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman were excellent in the eighth and ninth. Each pitched a perfect inning, striking out two.
–Xavier Paul was 2-3, and BP was 2-5.
–Jose Arredondo came in with a one run deficit and left an inning later with the Astros leading 3-0. Arredondon’t.
–Stubbs got on base twice, which means that the two guys at the top of the Reds lineup now have identical .287 OBPs. Eighth hitter Ryan Hanigan didn’t reach base in four trips, lowering his OBP to a pedestrian .375. Write your own punch line.
–The Reds just keep on rollin’. Eighty-two wins, which is the highest total in the big leagues. The Cards and Pirates both lost, so the good guys hold a 9.5 game lead in the NL Central division.
Is this heaven?
–If you ever hear some guy tout pitcher wins as a way to determine a pitcher’s value, point him to today’s box score. Arroyo: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R. Arredondo: 1 IP, two runs allowed on two hits and a walk. Arredondo gets credit for the victory, of course.
Only 2 players in baseball have more HR vs LHP than Jay Bruce since 2010: Albert Pujols & Mark Teixeira, both bat RH vs LHP.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 2, 2012
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