Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
San Diego 0
W: B. Arroyo (4-5)
L: K. Wells (1-2)
–Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout. He struck out eight, walked just one, and threw 110 pitches. I know the Padres aren’t great, but it just doesn’t get much more masterful than that.
–Todd Frazier was 2-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored. Ryan Hanigan also had two hits and a two-run homer. Zack Cozart had two hits and a walk, but his homer was only a solo shot.
–Joey Votto reached base four times, with two hits and two walks. His double (Votto’s 35th of the season) in the ninth drove in the Reds final run.
–I don’t want to put too fine a point on this, but: Drew Stubbs got a hit!!! After going 0 for his last 32, Stubbs finally got a double in the ninth, scoring on Votto’s double.
–Good win for the good guys. Even better, the Reds made up a little ground in the NL Central, since Pittsburgh lost.
–Reds starting pitchers have put together nine consecutive quality starts. That’s good.
–Not so good:
Of all the Reds CFs who’ve gone 0 for 30 in the Dusty era, Stubbs is the best.
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) July 7, 2012
–I endorse this tweet:
Todd Frazier is good at baseball.
— Amy (@amyeditress) July 7, 2012
I have really gotten a kick (pun intended) out of watching Bronson Arroyo pitch this year.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) July 7, 2012
–Thanks for sticking with us today here at The Nation, as we had some technical difficulties. At least the Reds made it a good night.