Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Arroyo (17-10)
LP: Myers (14-8)
–Outstanding start by Bronson Arroyo. Seven innings, one run on four hits, struck out four, walked none, and threw just 91 pitches. Masterful.
–It’s so nice to see Brandon Phillips starting to come around. He was 2-4 tonight out of the leadoff spot, with a long homer, a walk, a stolen base, and three RBI.
–This Jay Bruce fellow seems like he might be a pretty good ballplayer. He went 3-4 with a walk tonight. When Bruce gets locked in, he really gets locked in.
–Speaking of locked in, Drew Stubbs was 2-4 with a walk, his 22nd homer, and four RBI. Nice.
–Don’t look now, but is it possible that Jonny Gomes is finally heating up again? He went 2-4 tonight, with a homer and two runs scored. Gomes has been below-average on the season, but if he could get on a hot streak like he was on in May, the Reds could make some noise in October.
–Excellent relief work by Bill Bray and Francisco Cordero.
–Ryan Hanigan had two hits and an RBI.
–Have we mentioned that the Reds are NL Central Division CHAMPIONS?
–The Reds beat up on a pretty good pitcher tonight in Brett Myers. That’s nice to see.
–I have said it a hundred times, but I just love watching Bronson Arroyo pitch. Seventeen wins? Yeah, who cares about that stat…but it sure looks nice.
Now Arroyo can rest for a few days before he opens the 2010 playoffs in Philadelphia.
–Let it be said that, when lots of people were calling for Jay Bruce to be sent to AAA earlier this season, you never heard that nonsense from Redleg Nation. We’ve always preached patience with good young players, and Dusty/Walt’s patience is paying off right now. I’ll take an 826 OPS out of a 23-year old every single day.
–Let’s ditto that for Drew Stubbs. I don’t believe we ever called for Stubbs to be sent to AAA, although we conceded at one point that it appeared inevitable that the Reds would do just that (when Chris Dickerson was prepared to return from the minors). Stubbs has had an excellent season.
–One more series remains…then it’s playoff time!