Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: B. Arroyo (11-7)
L: T. Skaggs (1-1)
S: A. Chapman (32)
–Bronson Arroyo did it all tonight: six innings, two runs allowed on five hits…and he hit the home run that provided Cincinnati’s winning margin.
–Brandon Phillips had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.
–Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, and Aroldis Chapman slammed the door shut in the last three innings. Each pitched a perfect frame.
–The offense only mustered six hits on the evening.
–The Reds got back to their winning ways, and they maintained the six game lead in the NL Central. (On another note, the Pirates’ season continues to crater. They are now nine games out of first place.)
–Is there anyone who isn’t thrilled with Arroyo’s performance this season? Completely unexpected.
–Aroldis Chapman converts his 24th consecutive save chance; that’s a Reds franchise record.
–Tonight’s win also marked Dusty Baker’s 400th victory as manager of the Redlegs.
–Good win, late game, I’m going to bed. At least I’m going to bed happier than yesterday evening.