April 22, 2006

Game 17: Reds 3, Brewers 1

The Reds enjoyed one of those rare, low-scoring win over the Brewers yesterday, 3-1. Despite the fact that the power hitters couldn't seem to make anything happen, the team's speed contingent was able to pick up the slack.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound and gave everyone a good scare when he gave up a home run in the first inning. To the first batter. On the first pitch. But there was no need to worry because after that he held the Brewers scoreless on five hits through eight innings to get the win. David Weathers came in to finish it out, holding the Brew Crew hitless through the ninth to get the save. He struck out two.

Ben Sheets was even more effective than Arroyo though for three innings. In the fourth, though, Felipe Lopez reached first on a wild-pitch swinging strikeout. Then he stole second while Adam Dunn batted and advanced to third on Dunn's groundout. Lopez scored on a Rich Aurilia single.

So tell me, when the hell did Felipe Lopez decide he was Ryan Freel?

Speaking of Freel, he knocked in the Reds' second run in the fifth after Brandon Phillips doubled two batters previous.

Lopez was at it again in the eighth. He doubled off the fresh pitcher, Jose Capellan, to lead off the inning, and went to second on Dunn's walk. He went to third on Aurilia's fly out, and scored on a Scott Hatteberg single.

The win brought the Reds' record to 11-6. The Reds, led by Brandon Claussen, would go on to get totally demolished by the Brewers this afternoon, but no one knew that last night. Let's pretend we don't either.

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