Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….rntitanic-copy

FINAL
Cincinnati 5
Los Angeles (AL) 4
W: Arroyo (1-0)
L: Blanton (0-1)
S: Chapman (1) 

BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
Bronson Arroyo continued the streak of excellent starting pitching for the Reds. The Angels bats were finally waking up, but Bronson kept them under control for the most part. He finished with 5 Ks and only 1 BB.

Shin-Soo Choo hit Joe Blanton’s first pitch into the left-field seats. He must have been confused and thought Bronson Arroyo was still on the mound. Choo also singled and scored later in the game on Chris Heisey’s home run. I’m convinced Choo is going to score over 100 runs. It’s going to be fun watching him destroy right-handed pitching this year. Choo also threw a dart to home plate, well ahead of sliding Albert Pujols. There may be some question about Choo’s range in CF, but there’s no doubt he’s got a gun for an arm.

Chris Heisey (here) and Super Todd Frazier (here) each homered. Frazier also chipped in a great defensive play fielding a sharply hit Pujols grounder down the third base line.

Sam LeCure struck out the side in the eighth inning. He’s a credible high leverage relief pitcher – any circumstance.

Brandon Phillips had two hits and made a great defensive play late in the game.

NEGATIVES
— The Reds must have not scored any runs and lost because they were 0-for-3 with RISP.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
— Great start of the season for the Reds winning the series from the Angels. All three games were extremely close and it was nice to see the Reds find ways to win the close ones.

— With the news that Sean Marshall has been unavailable the past three games with a tired arm, I wonder if that impacted the team’s roster decisions coming out of Goodyear. It possibly strengthened the short-term case for Manny Parra in the eyes of those who believe arm-side is more important than stats. When Marshall returns, as he is expected to do this weekend, maybe Jose Arredondo will be recalled from AAA.

— Not sure why Dusty Baker double-switched César Izturis for Zack Cozart heading into the seventh inning. Unless Baker thinks Izturis is better defensively (doubtful) or that he wanted to keep open the possibility of using Simon for two innings (equally unlikely), an injury to Cozart is the only other logical explanation.

— Yay warmer weather. All things considered, strong attendance for the first three home games. With great weather expected this weekend, I’d be surprised if the series with the Harpers doesn’t draw 100,000.

TOP GAME THREAD COMMENTS

— [90reds] I’m sick of Votto coming up with the bases empty today! C’mon leadoff guys, stop clearing the bases.

— [rfay00] Choo is really making me want to trade Billy Hamilton in a package for a stud LF and then extend Choo. I know it’s not financially feasible, but it would be great. [RiverCityRedleg] Why can’t you extend Choo and make HIM your stud LF?

— [RC] I like Heisey in the two spot, if for no other reason than he gets a close up view of how Choo handles his business at the plate. Osmosis, do your thing!