The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Greatrroyo showed up and dominated a depleted (yet still potent) Brewers offense tonight. Bronson threw 6.2 awesome innings, giving up the 1st inning homer to Ryan Braun* and nothing further. Arroyo struck out 9, walked just one, and scattered 6 hits over his 110 pitches. He also had a sacrifice, and is looking more and more like the 2010 version of himself than the 2011 version. He should write a song about that.
Honorable mentions are well deserved by Jay Bruce (1 for 4 with a 3-run homer that was absolutely destroyed), Brandon Phillips (2 for 4), Miguel Cairo (PH RBI 2B, not being Willie Harris), and Zack Cozart (HR).
- Ryan Braun* took Bronson deep to center field in the bottom of the 1st for a solo shot. Brewers lead, 1-0.
- The Reds finally pulled off the blindfold in the top of the 4th and broke the game wide open. Marco Estrada had retired the Reds lineup in order through the first 3 innings, but Zack Cozart hit a solo homer out to left-center to open the floodgates. Drew Stubbs followed with a double off the wall and scored off a Joey Votto double. BP got in on the action with a single the other way before Jay Bruce set off alarms at NORAD with a 3-run wanger to deep, deep, deep, Depp, Pradeep, DEEP right center. Reds lead, 5-1.
- Bronson cruised through the remainder of his innings, spacing out his hits, striking out key batters, and pitching out of any trouble he faced. Logan Ondrusek and Sean Marshall combined to keep the Brewers off the board for the rest of the game, and the Reds tacked on the final run in the top of the 9th thanks to a Chris Heisey single, stolen base, and run scored due to a Miguel Cairo pinch-hit ground rule double. Hail Caesar! Reds win, 6-1!
- Before the game, Willie Harris was outrighted to AAA Louisville and Miguel Cairo rejoined the Reds. If I'm correct, Willie has 72 hours to accept his assignment or refuse and become a Free Agent, but this removes him from the 40-man roster. When exactly is Matt Stairs signing with his 14th team to be the LH bench bat?
- Bruce's 4th inning blast extended his team-leading hitting streak to 10 games.
- ESPN seems to care that the Brewers were playing "without" Matt Gamel, Alex Gonzalez, and Chris Narveson (who necessitated Marco Estrada). They fail to mention that the Reds were playing without Ryan Madson, Nick Masset, Bill Bray, Paul Janish, and, of course, Willie Harris. Stupid ESPN.
- Ryan* Braun* was* the* second* best* OF* in* the* game* tonight*.