Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Saunders (7-8)
L: B. Arroyo (7-7)
S: T. Wilhelmsen (18)
–Chris Heisey had two doubles, and drove in Cincinnati’s only run. Todd Frazier had a double, and scored that run.
–The bullpen trio of Alfredo Simon, Manny Parra, and Aroldis Chapman pitched three innings of shutout baseball.
–With the exception of a couple of games against San Francisco and yesterday’s outburst, the offense has gone missing for the last two or three weeks. Again today, the Reds were only able to muster a single run on six hits. What else can I say? The offense simply must be better for the Reds to be competitive.
–I know our old buddy Aaron Harang plays for the M’s, and I know long-time RN faves Junior Griffey and Lou Piniella have ties to Seattle…but still, all things being equal, I would have preferred for the Reds to beat the Mariners like a drum this weekend. Sigh…
–Bronson Arroyo wasn’t terrible today, but he did allow two homers that gave Seattle all their runs. In all, Arroyo tossed six innings, allowing those three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six. Frankly, that outing, combined with the effort of the relief corps, should have been more than enough for the Reds to win this game.
–The first homer surrendered by Arroyo allowed him to break Tom Browning’s club record for homers allowed. I doubt they’ll put that on Bronson’s Reds Hall of Fame plaque.
–I hate to do this, but it’s time for Milton to make another appearance:
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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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