Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — 6 innings
San Francisco 1
W: B. Arroyo (7-6)
L: M. Kickham (0-3)
–A rain-shortened win is still a win!
–Bronson Arroyo allowed one run on two hits and a walk over six strong innings. Just when the Reds needed a lift, Arroyo was there to provide it. As usual.
–The Redlegs finally broke out the bats today, led by Todd Frazier, who was 2-3 with two runs scored and 4 RBI. Three of those runs batted in came on a long homer in the third inning that broke the game wide open.
–Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce were each 2-3 with two runs scored. Ryan Hanigan reached base three times (2-2 with a double and a walk). Zack Cozart drove in two runs, on a double and a sac fly. Derrick Robinson doubled and drove in two runs.
–It’s kinda crazy that the Reds have had so much regular season success against the Giants at Great American Ballpark. Y’ know, because San Fran came to the Queen City and put a hurting on the Reds in three straight games during last year’s National League Division Series.
–For those of you wondering: yes, Bronson Arroyo does get credit for a complete game.
–Doesn’t it seem like the Reds always struggle against rookie pitchers? Not today, as they lit up Giants rookie lefthander Mike Kickham.
–A win’s a win. The Reds are eleven games over .500 now, and Homer Bailey will face Tim Lincecum tomorrow evening in game two of this series. Go Reds.