On Monday, Bronson Arroyo pitched eight innings of three-hit baseball
against the Milwaukee Brewers. With the score tied at two a piece during the
bottom of the eighth inning and after allowing only two earned runs while
striking out five, Arroyo made a huge mistake. With a 1-2 count, Jim Edmonds
crushed Arroyo's next offering, but hooked the ball foul. Edmonds then hit
Arroyo's next pitch to right-center field for his eighth homerun of the
season and placed the Brewers permanently ahead of the Reds
3-2. The Reds loss to the Brewers on Monday gave them an even .500 (6-6)
record since the All-Star break and placed them one game behind the St.
Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
"You have past history in your head with somebody, so I
wanted to go up and in and he hits it out of the park with some hook on it
so he's obviously getting around pretty quick,"
"I thought he'd be sitting soft and away. I didn't think he'd get to the
ball on the inner half if I threw it anywhere close. It was a good four-seam
fastball on the inner half. He won the game that time."
Edinson Volquez made his third start for the Reds this season on Tuesday.
Throwing 95 pitches in just 3.2 innings Volquez allowed four runs, six hits,
walked four, and struck out three. Despite Volquez struggling for his second
straight start, the Reds offense and bullpen came through.
"I still have a
problem with my mechanics,"
"My arm is good. My speed is very good. I just can't put it together with my
mechanics. I'm going to start working with Bryan in the next couple of days
to see if we can fix it. I have to step up and throw strikes and we need to
Reds' relievers (Ondrusek, Bray, Smith, and Fisher) combined for 5.1
scoreless innings, struck out six, and allowed just three hits. Logan
Ondrusek received his second major league win as he worked 2.1 innings (0H,
3K). Compiling a season-high 19 hits against Brewers pitching, the Reds
offense was dominant. Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, and Joey Votto each had
four hits. It was only the
third time during the past fifty years the Reds have had three players
with four or more hits in the same game. The Reds
defeated the Brewers 12-4.
"It's a shame that Volquez wasn't able to stick around and get the 'W'
Joey Votto said.
"But it was the hitters' game today. It was a good day for all of us. Three
and four-hit games are rare. When you get them all in a bunch, that usually
means good things for us."
The Cincinnati Reds secured a series win against the Brewers and a
successful 4-2 road-trip with another
destruction of Milwaukee on Wednesday. During the Reds' five-run sixth
inning, Brandon Phillips belted a 450-foot grand slam hitting Bernie
Brewer's yellow slide in center field and Jonny Gomes notched his 300th
career RBI. After the Reds gave starter Travis Wood a 5-2 lead in the sixth
inning, he left the game after allowing two runs on five hits and striking
out six in five innings. The Reds' bullpen (Smith, Rhodes, Masset, Cordero)
was once again lights out pitching four innings of scoreless three-hit
baseball. Along with elegant relief, the Reds scored five more runs during
the eighth inning, and guaranteed Travis Wood (1-1) his
first major league victory as they
defeated the Brewers 10-2. Joey Votto belted his league-leading 26th
homerun during the eighth inning. The blast stabilized a new career-high (4
in '07, 24 in '08, and 25 in '09) for the young left-hander.
"Everybody did their job," said Reds' manager Dusty Baker.
Currently tied with the Cardinals for first-place in the NL Central, the
Reds will take Thursday off before facing the Atlanta Braves for a quick
three-game home stand at Great American Ballpark over the weekend.
FRIDAY (WSL Long Haul Bombers):
Johnny Cueto (10-2, 3.18) vs. Kris Medlen (6-2, 3.57) at 7:10pm