Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: B. Arroyo (3-4)
L: W. Peralta (3-3)
–A strong outing by the old man, Bronson Arroyo, who tossed six and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball. He did get into a spot of trouble in the seventh inning, but Dusty Baker pulled him before any damage could be done (and Sam LeCure promptly entered, recorded a strike out, and ended the inning).
–No Red had more than one hit, but Donald Lutz hit his first major-league homerun, a three-run shot that acccounted for most of today’s scoring. Xavier Paul also homered.
–Aroldis Chapman struck out the side, though he mixed a base on balls in there.
–Jonathan Broxton continues to be shaky. He gave up a run on two hits in his only inning of work.
–A sweep within the division is always a good thing. Always.
–Remember when everyone was freaking out about this team? About ten days ago? Well, the Reds just completed a 4-2 homestand, and they’ve now won seven of their last nine. Yes, they will need to play better on the road, but the good guys are six games over .500 and looking good.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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