The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Bronson Arroyo deserves it. He cut through the St. Louis lineup tonight with grim efficiency, allowing only two true outcomes against 27 batters. He threw seven strong and only gave up two runs, but the Reds' offense was stifled by Jamie Garcia. It was a terrific pitcher's duel, much like the one last night. But the Reds lost instead of winning, so that stinks.
Honorable mentions to Shin-Soo Choo for earning the Reds' only extra-base hit and Brandon Phillips for his pair of singles. But he was picked off of first base in the sixth, so I'm going to half-revoke that honorable mention. So BP earns a half-honorable mention. Or shall we say an ambivalent mention.
Well, where to start. Oh right, when the actual scoring happened. In the fifth, Devin Mesoraco led off with a single. Derrick Robinson replaced him with a force out and Bronson sac'd D-Rob to second. Shin-Soo Choo then blasted a gapper to left-center that scored the Reds only run. 1-0 good guys.
The Cards took the lead in the sixth when Carlos Beltran singled and Matt Holliday lined a laser to left-center. 2-1 bad guys.
The Reds came up in the ninth with the heart of the order, Votto-Phillips-Bruce. Votto fought hard, but Edward Mujica struck him out on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. Then Brandon Phillips struck out, too. Then Jay Bruce did, too. Mujica was throwing hot fire.
Arroyo threw only 78 pitches in his seven innings of work.
Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman were not available because of over-use and allergies, respectively. So good thing Goodroyo showed up.
I like a good ol' pitcher's duel somethin' special, all right. But I'd rather the Reds win like they did last night.
Tonight's Jam o' the Night is inspired by the game thread conversation revolving around J.D. Salinger and books we read in high school and such.