The Short Version: Despite a nice start — all things considered — from young Robert Stephenson, the Reds drop their fifth consecutive game, 5-0 to the Boston Red Sox. At least there was a post-game concert by Bronson Arroyo.
|Boston Red Sox (90-64)||5||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (66-89)||0||3||2|
|W: Rodriguez (6-6) L: Stephenson (5-6)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Robert Stephenson had a strong outing, allowing just two earned runs over six innings on five hits and two walks. He was cruising along through five innings, looking as sharp as he’s every looked on a big league mound. Then he began the inning by committing an error that allowed a runner to reach, then surrendering a walk — his only unintentional walk of the day.
Boston first baseman Mitch Moreland then crushed a 3-run homer to center, and the game was effectively over at that point.
–Amir Garrett walked four and gave up two hits in two innings of work. He only allowed one run, though.
–The Reds were only able to manage three measly singles. Joey Votto did reach base twice, however, with a hit and a walk.
–That’s five straight losses for the good guys. Not the way we wanted to finish up this season.
–Stephenson only threw 79 pitches through six innings. Was this a glimpse of what a pitch-efficient Bob Steve could look like?
–Luke Farrell pitched a scoreless inning (though he did walk two) against his father’s team.
Luke Farrell entering for top 9th. Will get to pitch vs. father John's team. First player to face manager father since 2004 #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) September 23, 2017
–Seven games left. Mercifully.
–The day was pretty brutal, except for the retirement party thrown by the Reds for Bronson Arroyo:
Representing the team with which Arroyo won a World Series, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia gifted Arroyo his jersey number – 61 – from the manual scoreboard in left field at Fenway Park. The pièce de résistance was a custom-crafted Reds guitar, along with a hand-painted case that featured Arroyo mid-windup, iconic leg kick and all.
The gifts were great, of course. But Arroyo, who still uses a flip phone, never has been one for fancy earthly possessions. What meant the most to him – and what he admits brought a few tears to his eyes – were the messages played on the big screen from the teammates, coaches and general managers who have crossed paths with him along his lengthy baseball journey.
It was a sweet looking guitar. I want one.
I also want to be in the park in a few years, when Arroyo is inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame. Great career, Bronson. Redleg Nation tips our collective cap to you.
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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