Good-royo made an appearance for the Reds last night and we finally saw the kind of game that a team like the Reds ought to be playing against a team like the Padres. Final score: Reds 6, Padres 0.
Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete damn game, giving up all zero runs on 3 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 8, which is very unusual for him. He must have ordered what Mat Latos was having.
Except for Brandon Phillips, the whole line-up contributed hits, even Arroyo. It’s really feast or famine with these guys sometimes. Zack Cozart got the scoring started with the home run to lead off the game. Ryan Hanigan kept it going in the seventh inning with a 2-run shot. Todd Frazier also put in a 2-run home run in the eighth.
Drew Stubbs finally broke his hit drought in the ninth inning with a double to center field. Joey Votto then knocked him in for the sixth run of the game. Before that hit, Stubbs had gone 0-for-32, tying the illustrious Willy Taveras for the greatest number of ABs without a hit. That’s some rarefied air, my friends.
The win brings the Reds record to 45-38. They remain in second place in the NLC, but at least haven’t dropped any further back. The third game of the four-game series is tonight at 10:05 p.m. Homer Bailey (6-6, 4.24 ERA) takes on Clayton Richard (6-8, 3.64 ERA).