Did the Reds honestly need 13 innings to defeat the Miami Marlins? True story. Some Reds fans might still be shaking their head over the fact the Reds dropped last night’s game.
On Brandon Phillips Bobblehead Day, it was BP himself that ended the game. On a 1-0 offering from Marlins closer Steve Cishek, Phillips sent a fly ball into center field, deep enough to score Shin-Soo Choo. Game over. Reds 3, Marlins 2.
But BP’s day is to be shared with Bronson Arroyo and in more way than one.
With the exception of the 5th inning, the Marlins were mesmerized by Arroyo’s offerings. He made only one bad pitch and Placido Polanco pulled it into the left field corner for a run-scoring double to tie the game at 2-2. Bronson’s line: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 SO.
Arroyo also became the 10th Reds pitcher to amass 1,000 strikeouts while donning a Reds uniform. Heading into this game, he needed only 2. He achieved #1,000 in 2nd innings when he fanned Justin Ruggiano…with an 88 mph sinker.
- There didn’t seem to be any issues with the battery of Bronson Arroyo and Devin Mesoraco. After a rocky 5th inning, Arroyo retired 10 Marlins in a row to complete his outing. All three times Mes has been the battery-mate for Arroyo, Bronson has gone at least 8 innings.
That’s gotta get folks thinking and talking…about Ryan Hanigan and his sore thumb.
- Well, maybe people won’t be so infatuated with Joey Votto and his hitting “woes”. He cracked his 2nd home run of the season and for the 14th time in his career, he notched four hits in a game.
- Never been a big LOB stat looker because guys left on first count in that. RISP is different. The Good Guys had plenty of those go by the wayside this afternoon. Too many. For the game, they were 1-for-12 plus BP’s game-winning sac fly. If my eyes don’t deceive me, they were 0-for-5 in the first two innings alone. The one: a Votto single in the 4th.
- If you weren’t happy with Adrian Johnson (he was the 1st base ump today), get ready. He’s behind the plate for tomorrow afternoon’s game.
But that might not be so bad. It’s only one game, but the one time Johnson was behind the plate when Homer Bailey was on the mound, Homer went 7 innings, allowed only 3 hits and no runs. He struck out 8 and walked 2. That game was at GABP against the Marlins…back in 2009. The Marlins won that game 4-3 as Francisco Cordero blew a 2-0 lead, but Bailey was fantastic.