The Reds needed some home cooking after a rough 2-6 road trip and boy the offense was in full display as they were able connect on 11 hits in rout to 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a game that was called after six innings due to rain.
Offense got to the Giants young left hander Mike Kickham in the second inning as Brandon Phillips lead off the inning with a single and then Jay Bruce lined a double to left putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs Todd Frazier singled to left to make it 1-0 then Zack Cozart hit a sac fly to left to score Phillips to make it 2-0. Ryan Hangain singled to center then Arroyo sacrifice bunt moved the runners. Then with runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs Derrick Robinson stepped in and it was odd the Giants defense was expecting him to bunt so they brought the infield in and on the first pitch Robinson chopped the ball over the head of Giants third baseman Pablo Sadovanal into left for a two run single to up the lead to 4-0.
In the 3rd inning the Reds put the game out of reach early with runners on 1st and second with one out Todd Frazier connected one to the bleacher seats out in left for his 10th homerun of the season to give the Reds a 7-0 lead. Frazier has been struggling this last week so picking up 4 RBIs is just what he needed. They got one more in the bottom of the fifth as Cozart doubled to left scoring Phillps from first to finish up the scoring for the Reds.
Bronson Arroyo was on point tonight against the Giants like he was in Game 2 of the NLDS in San Fran last season. He went 6 innings allowed one run which was a homerun to Brandon Belt in the fifth walked two and struck out three. It was Arroyo’s first win since June 3rd gone a span of month being stuck at 6 wins. Also with the game called off in the sixth he was credited for a complete game yes it counts.
With the win the Reds are now 11 games over.500 at 47-36 and are 27-14 at home this season. Tomorrow it will be Homer Bailey for the Reds and Tim Lincecum for the Giants first pitch is at 7:10pm lets hope it won’t rain please mother nature.