Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
St. Louis 1
WP: Cordero (1-0)
LP: Motte (0-1)
–It’s all about Bronson Arroyo today. Arroyo tossed eight strong innings, giving up just 4 hits and one run. He struck out six. It was a masterful performance, and Arroyo topped it off by knocking in the Reds first run. (He didn’t have a single RBI all last season). You can’t ask for much more out of Bronson.
–Okay, it wasn’t all about Bronson. There’s also Jonny Gomes, who went 2-4 and hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the good guys. I think you know what’s coming at the end of this post. Redleg Nation loves us some Jonny Gomes.
–Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless, hitless 9th inning, striking out two to earn the way. Manager Dusty Baker has earned some (deserved) criticism for his handling of the bullpen over the last two days, but I love bringing in CoCo in this spot, with the game tied. “The Book” says that you don’t bring in your closer unless it’s a save situation. I like having my best reliever in the game at that point.
–Ryan Hanigan took advantage of his first start to go 2-3, scoring a run after he doubled. Joey Votto also had two hits. Are you surprised?
–*Okay, the offense stunk a bit, but I refuse to find any negatives in a game like this.
–After a miserable start to the series, this was a good way to send the Cardinals packing. What a fun game.
–Did you know that Brad Penny has won his last seven decisions against the Reds?
–Arroyo managed his 1000th career strikeout today. The victim? Albert Pujols, of course.
–The dirty Cubs come to town next. It would be a particular pleasure for the Reds to ride today’s emotional win into a nice performance against Chicago this weekend. Who’s going to the ballpark?
–Okay, you’ve been waiting for it all winter long…..