The Reds dropped the series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, 5-3.
Bronson Arroyo was Badroyo last night. He pitched only 3.0 innings, but allowed all 5 of the Diamondbacks’ runs in that amount of time, all earned, on 8 hits and a walk. It was a sad trombone kind of night for the Reds’ righty.
The bullpen was good, though. Alfredo Simon put in as much time as Arroyo but allowed 0 runs on 3 hits. Bill Bray put in a scoreless inning, as did Jose Arredondo and Logan Ondrusek.
Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t string quite enough together to overcome the early-inning deficit. Incredibly, Drew Stubbs was the big producer, going 2-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Let that sink in for a moment.
Chris Heisey and Brandon Phillips also had 2-hit nights, and Phillips supplied the other RBI. But they’re going to have to do better than that with Joey Votto out for the next month after arthroscopic surgery to be done on his knee today.
The loss brings the Reds record to 50-39. Fortunately for the Reds, the Pirates lost too, meaning the Reds keep their 1-game lead in the NLC. Tonight they try again against the Diamondbacks as the series continues in Cincinnati. Johnny Cueto (10-5, 2.39 ERA) will hopefully be back from his blister problem enough to defend against Trevor Bauer (1-1, 5.40 ERA). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.