The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
On a day where Goodroyo graced us with his presence, the key cog in the game was none other than Drew Stubbs. The Centerfielder went 3 for 5 with a home run, run, and RBI, picked up a hit to the opposite field (what?), and only managed one strikeout. He's riding a 5 game hit streak, and has raised his yearly slash line to .229/.275/.292. Bat him cleanup!
A long list of honorable mentions today, as Brandon Phillips (2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI, 1.25 legs) and Ryan Ludwick (2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI) went deep and Bronson Arroyo (8 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 0 BB; 1 for 4 at the plate) was about as good as we could hope for.
- It was the 4th inning before either team broke into the scoring column, and for the first time in awhile, it was the Reds who struck first. After Joey Votto struck out, Brandon Phillips teed off on an Adam Wainwright breaking ball, crushing a 436 foot solo shot to left field. Jay Bruce followed with an opposite field single, and Ryan Ludwick backed him up with another bomb to left. Reds lead, 3-0.
- The Reds played some good ol' fashioned add-on in the 5th. Bronson Arroyo helped himself with a leadoff single, but was out on Zack "MVP" Cozart's subsequent fielder's choice. No matter. Joey Votto walked, and cleanup extraordinaire Brandon Phillips singled to plate Cozart. Reds lead, 4-0.
- Goodroyo cruised into the 6th inning fairly unscathed, but he was touched up at that point. Rafael Furcal and John Jay had back to back singles, and Matt Holliday went deep to cut into the Reds lead. Reds lead, 4-3.
- Drew Stubbs immediately picked up his pitcher in the next inning, hitting a 416 foot shot to centerfield to give the Reds a 5-3 lead, and singles by Hanigan, Stubbs, and Votto in the 9th plated the last run of the day. Sean Marshall shaved, brushed off the cobwebs, ate a banana, and came on to close out the game, and after a single by Matt Holliday, he did just that. Reds win, 6-3.
- After hitting .350/.405/.579 in the 2nd spot in the order this year, Cozart is now 0 for 8 in the leadoff spot. After hitting .182/.250/.182 from the 7th spot in the order, Drew Stubbs is now 4 for 9 with a HR batting 2nd. #VottoEffect
- Bronson Arroyo was both aggressive and efficient today. He needed only 90 pitches to get through 8 innings, and threw first pitch strikes to 23 of the 29 batters he faced. Not having to pitch to Lance Berkman likely helped, as Fat Elvis is 16 for 71 with 5 HR in his career off Bronson.
- The Reds head north to Chicago for a three game set against the Cubs. First pitch tomorrow is a Wrigley special, 2:20pm EST.