Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
St. Louis 5
W: L. Lynn (1-0)
L: B. Arroyo (1-1)
–Shin-Soo Choo reached base two more times, and gunned down Matt Holliday on a play at the plate. Current OBP: .512. That’ll do, Choo. That’ll do.
–Bronson Arroyo retired the first fifteen hitters, and was rolling right along. Then…
–…the wheels completely fell off for Arroyo in the sixth inning. The Cardinals scored four runs, putting the game away. On the day, Arroyo had the following line: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 K, 1 BB.
–Ryan Hanigan went 0-3. He’s now hitting .043/.148/.043. I’m not worried about Hanigan, as he’s a smart player and a hard worker. But sheesh, he has really struggled thus far.
–Choo has had at least two hits in each of the last four games.
–While it was clear that Arroyo had lost it, Dusty Baker and Bryan Price decided to leave him in to let the game get away from them. Baker is taking some heat from fans for that decision, which isn’t surprising, given Dusty’s long-standing affinity for leaving pitchers in the game for a batter or two too long.
If I’m being honest, however, I can’t say that I wouldn’t have left Arroyo in, as well. Bronson was just rolling through five innings; classic Arroyo. Of course, when Bronson gets tired or begins to struggle, things usually go really bad in a hurry. Heck, I don’t know what I would have done in that situation, but that’s why I’m not the manager. I’m just a dumb guy with a dumb blog.
–Can’t win ’em all, or so they say. Hope the Reds get them tomorrow afternoon.
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