It was a nice, easy win for the Reds yesterday: they scored big early and led the whole time.
Bronson Arroyo finally got his fifth win of the season last night. He put in 6.0 innings of work, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks. Jose Arredondo, Sean Marshall, and Sam LeCure each got two outs without allowing a run. Logan Ondrusek pitched a hitless ninth.
The majority of the scoring happened in the first inning. With one out, Zack Cozart, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce each singled, with that last single bringing in Cozart. Scott Rolen hit a sac fly to bring in Phillips, which just took him off base for Ryan Ludwick’s 2-run home run. Phillips hit a 2-run homer in the seventh for the rest of the scoring.
The win brings the Reds record to 54-40. Four guys went 2-for-4, which is the sort of thing that helps makes the absence of Joey Votto a little easier. The Reds are 4-2 since Votto has been out for arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He has already stopped using his crutches after the surgery and will probably be back in less than the 4 weeks initially suggested. Hopefully the team can keep this going even when they have him back.
The Reds go for the sweep against the Brewers today at 1:10 p.m. Johnny Cueto (RHP, 11-5, 2.28 ERA) defends against Mike Fiers (RHP, 3-3, 2.01 ERA).