Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….

Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 1
WP: Arroyo (12-12)
LP: Lowe (13-9)
S: Cordero (31)

August Player of the Month Bronson Arroyo says he wants to be the September POTM, as well. Seven strong innings from Bronson tonight, giving up just one run and six hits.

–We loves us some Jonny Gomes here at the Nation. Another fine night: 2-4 with his 17th homer. He just keeps producing. Great season for the big guy.

–Brandon Phillips was 2-3 with a double and a walk (?). Wladimir Balentien went 2-4 with a triple.

–Arthur Rhodes and CoCo were excellent out of the pen. Perhaps Cordero is rested now.

–None. Nice game for the good guys.

–Nice to see Arroyo outduel his former BoSox teammate, Derek Lowe.

–Break up the Reds! Ten wins in 12 games. Remarkable.

–It has been a pleasure to watch Bronson Arroyo work the last month and a half. When he is on, he’s really a lot of fun to watch.

–Arroyo’s ERA is down to 4.23.

–Jonny Gomes’s OPS is up to 923. Look at these numbers: .285/.357/.566, with 17 homers. It’s a disgrace that Gomes hasn’t played in two-thirds or more of the Reds games this year. He wants to celebrate anyway!

13 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    Maybe we are looking at it wrong and sending Gomes down to Louisville to start the year got him back on track.

  2. Chad Dotson

    Maybe. But it isn’t like Gomes was particularly struggling in spring training, and he has had some success at the major league level. No reason whatsoever to keep Darnell over him.

  3. Kurt Frost

    Well, the Reds didn’t have anyone who could play centerfield opening day so that was a huge problem.

  4. Chad Dotson

    True, they didn’t have anyone who could play CF. Well, except for Chris Dickerson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Hairston, and Laynce Nix. 🙂

  5. Y-City Jim

    Reds with the longest current winning streak in MLB.

  6. pinson343

    If our starting rotation were healthy, I’d expect a winning September and driving the contenders crazy.

    Even as is, this team is so much more fun to root for, and we might have a winning September anyway.

  7. pinson343

    Cordero’s fastball that induced Church’s double play had some extra sink on it, nasty stuff.

  8. Jello

    Jocketty’s strategy to success (Get Scott Rolen) is paying off so far.

  9. REDS1

    Great pitching performance and he actually gets the win!

  10. Chris

    The absence of Taveras and Gonzalez, and the presence of Rolen (instead of Rosales) has improved the enjoyment level of

    If our starting rotation were healthy, I’d expect a winning September and driving the contenders crazy.

    After this series vs. ATL, there aren’t that many games vs. real contenders: 3 at Denver; 4 vs. Miami; and 3 vs. STL – and the Cards will have clinched by then.

    The rest is Pittsburgh (6), the Astros (6), and the Cubs (3).

    By my count, the Reds will be playing 9 more games that matter this year – and only 4 of them after next Thursday.

  11. RedinFla

    Well, the games matter in that I actually look forward to watching the Reds again after a dry (worse than dry) spell… Hopefully the “powers that be” are liking the positive changes. We sit here at our computers and marvel at how they can’t see the most obvious things, though…..