With a score like 1-8, you wouldn’t have guessed that this game was called after the sixth inning, but in fact, this was a complete game for Bronson Arroyo. In his 6.0 innings of work, he allowed just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk.
His opponent, young Mike Kickham, was not so lucky. This was only the third start for this lefty, but for a change the Reds’ offense beat up on a pitcher they didn’t already know. Everyone in the lineup except Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo had a hit, and Todd Frazier got 4 of the RBI thanks in large part to a three-run homer in the third inning.
It’s been a rough time for the Reds lately, but 5.0 games back on the Pirates doesn’t seem so far coming off a win at home and knowing you’ve still got three more games against the Giants.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 47-36. They continue the series tonight in Great American Ball Park at 7:10 p.m. Homer Bailey (RHP, 4-6, 3.88 ERA) is coming off a good-except-for-one-inning performance against the A’s last week. He’ll face Tim Lincecum (RHP, 4-8, 4.64 ERA).