May 7, 2006

Game 31: Reds 1, Diamondbacks 3

The Reds lost their second game in a row to an Arizona team who realized they didn't need seven runs to beat the Reds. The score was 1-3.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound and lasted six innings. He gave up three runs (earned) on 11 hits and a walk to get the loss. Brian “Love” Shackelford and Kent Mercker each contributed a scoreless inning of relief.

The Reds scored their single run in the first inning on a stunning inside-the-park home run by Felipe Lopez. If only he'd managed to do that three more time in the game, the Reds would have had a win to go along with his fantastic play.

The loss brings gives the Reds only their second lost series of the season and brings their record to 20-11. The team remains in first place in the NLC, but the comparisons of this season to 1999 have suddenly stopped. The Reds try to avoid the sweep this afternoon at 4:40 p.m. Dave Williams faces off against Orlando Hernandez.

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