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August 23, 2012

Game 125: Reds 3, Phillies 2

W: Arroyo (10-7) L: Worley (6-9) S: Chapman (31)


Rolen throwing from his kneesThe Reds won their second game in a row against the Phillies last night to ensure no less than a split of the four-game series.

Over the course of his career, Bronson Arroyo has had more trouble with the Phillies than with any other team. On the other hand, he’s also a guy who never seems to do what you expect him to, and that won out last night. In 8.0 innings, he allowed 2 runs (earned) on just 3 hits. This is the team that scored 12 two games ago, and Arroyo takes a perfect game into the fifth. Will wonders never cease?

The Reds offense first got on the board in the fifth inning. Ryan Hanigan walked to start it off and Arroyo sacrificed him over. A Drew Stubbs single two batter later brought in Hanigan (but I thought he was super-slow?) and set up Ryan Ludwick for an RBI single (after a Brandon Phillips single).

Jay Bruce added the capper in the eighth when he led off the inning with a home run to right field. Bruce also had a triple that didn’t amount to anything but was cool.

The win brings the Reds’ record to 76-49. They finish the series with the Phillies tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Reds’s ace and Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto (RHP, 16-6, 2.44 ERA) will face off against a guy whose name I always want to change into “Whole Camels,” Cole Hamels (LHP, 14-6, 2.94 ERA).

August 23, 2012

Reds win with retro style

Last Game
The Reds won and ensured no less than a split of the 4-game series against the Phillies last night.

Bronson Arroyo faced the minimum number of batters through the first four innings, gave up a home run in the fifth to Domonic Brown and then went back to facing the minimum until the eighth inning. Prior to this, the Phillies had owned Arroyo, but he really demonstrated mastery last night. You just never know what you’re going to get with that guy.

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4, hitting a triple and a home run. The home run in the eighth turned out to be the Reds’ margin of victory. Final score: Reds 3, Phillies 2.

Brandon Phillips in a 1990 retro uniformNext Game
The Reds have taken me by surprise and won 2 games I thought they would lose, so I don’t know what to think of tonight’s match-up between Johnny Cueto (RHP, 16-6, 2.44 ERA) and Cole Hamels (LHP, 14-6, 2.94 ERA). I do wonder how the Phillies have so many big name pitchers and only a 57-67 record to show for it, but I’m not complaining.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Throwback Unis
The Reds and Phillies both donned throwback uniforms from the early ’90s for last night’s game. If you blurred your eyes a little, you might have thought you were watching Barry Larkin and Hal Morris.

I noticed the guys adjusting their jerseys more than usual; the fit must be pretty different than what they’re used to. Those weren’t slimming uniforms, but they had a certain pajama charm. You’ve got to love the striped elastic waistband.

Lots of people take a very serious interest in uniforms, and if you think you might be one of those, check out this site from BaseballHallOfFame.org where you can see uniforms for all the teams throughout the years.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Aroldis Chapman converted his 23rd save in a row last night, tying the Reds’ team record held by John Franco and Rob Dibble.