July 22, 2010

Nationals 8, Reds 5: Stephen Strasburg Better Than Bronson Arroyo

Nationals (41-54)000124001890
Reds (53-43)0010021105101
W: Strasburg (5-2) L: Arroyo (10-5) S: Capps (24)


Stephen Strasburg brought the heat in his start against the Cincinnati Reds last night, but couldn’t finish the 6th and didn’t even have a quality start. Still, he picked up his 5th win, thanks to Bronson Arroyo also being unable to get out of the 6th.

Strasburg struck out 7 in 5 2/3 innings and allowed 3 runs in his start. Arroyo struck out only 1 in his 5 2/3 innings and allowed a whopping 7 runs. It was Arroyo’s worst start in a while.

For the offense, the Reds missed several opportunities to tie the game or take the lead late in the game. The best was in the 8th when Cincinnati loaded the bases with no outs, but only managed to score 1 run on a ground-out by Joey Votto.

The bullpen was again a strong-suit for the Reds, with Bronson Arroyo’s bad showing giving the Nationals more than they needed for the win.

The loss puts the Reds 1.5 games behind of the streaking Cardinals. The Reds have been solid since the Break, with a .667 winning percentage. If they can keep that up the rest of the year, they’ll end up with 97 victories. Of course, at the Cardinals current pace, they’ll end the season with 121 wins.

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