Bronson Arroyo started the final game of spring training for the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. And despite his mono, he did very well. It may have been the longest outing by a Reds starter all spring, as Arroyo went 6 1/3 innings, allowed just 2 earned runs, while striking out 3.
It should be noted that those 2 runs were from 2 home runs by the Cleveland Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo. Choo is 6-12 in his career against Arroyo, with 4 homers. It might be a good idea to walk him during the regular season.
The offense continued its explosiveness, though, making sure those 2 runs of Arroyo’s weren’t no thang. Jonny Gomes hit his 5th home run. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Juan Francisco, Paul Janish, and Ryan Hanigan all chipped in with an RBI apiece, too.
After Arroyo left, having vanquished both the Indians and doubts about his ability to pitch through mono, the bullpen took over. Bill Bray did well, but Logan Ondrusek had some troubles in the 8th, but Aroldis Chapman came to the rescue. Jerry Gil closed out the game.
So the Reds finished spring training with a record of 17-14-1. The won the exhibition series against their stadium-mates the Indians. Both the offense and the pitching seem to be hitting their stride just at the right time. But the most important thing from the game is something that didn’t happen: nobody got injured!