Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Arroyo (5-2)
LP: Garland (3-2)
–Season-high 13 runs. Season-high 18 hits. Very nice way to start the road trip.
–Fast Willy Taveras! In the leadoff spot, Taveras went 5-5, hit two doubles, scored 4 runs, knocked in two more, and stole his 8th base of the season. He’s now hitting .315, but more importantly, his OBP is .381. Are you happy with that?
–Laynce Nix and Adam Rosales hit their 2nd homers of the season. Rosales added two doubles, as well.
–Jerry Hairston, Brandon Phillips, and Joey Votto continued their hot hitting, each collecting a couple of base knocks and 2 RBI each.
–Adam Rosales looked very rough on defense. He was only charged with 1 error, but easily could have garnered a couple more. I didn’t think anyone could make us miss Edwin Encarnacion’s glove.
–Poor Darnell McDonald.
–Bronson Arroyo didn’t pitch particularly well, but he went 7 innings, giving the bullpen some rest. Need any more evidence that Wins is the worst way to rate pitchers? Bronson Arroyo now leads this pitching staff with 5 wins, yet he has been the worst starter by far.
–From Chris in the game thread: “Current pace = 91 wins. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely above what I expected, but still within the realm of best case scenarios.”
–Also noted by Chris is that the Reds have now scored more runs than they’ve allowed this season. It’s the first time we’ve been able to say that in 2009.
–The Reds are now 18-14, and gained half a game on St. Louis. Second place, two games out. Dan Haren will be pitching for the D’backs tomorrow, so tonight was an important win.
–That was just fun, wasn’t it?