Bronson Arroyo is a pitcher where if he’s on the hitters have no chance and when’s he’s not the hitters hit all over him tonight he was dealing going seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits, no walks and striking out three earning his 8th victory of the season as the Reds even up the four game series against the Braves winning 4-2 Friday Night in Atlanta.
The offense for the third straight game scored first it all began with the leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo on the first pitch of the game from Braves starter Kris Medlen singled to center then Derrick Robinson laid down a bunt for a hit, Votto walked setting up a bases loaded no outs situation for Brandon Phillips and ounce he came through again on the seventh pitch of the at bat Phillips lined a single to center scoring two and giving the Reds a 2-0 lead.
They weren’t done after Jay Bruce grounded out to for a double play, Todd Frazier stepped in hit a rock shot to center that went off the glove of Braves centerfielder BJ Utpon and it kicked away allowing Frazier to advanced to third for a RBI triple and a 3-0 lead. Upton left the game because the ball apparently hit his knee cap on the play.
Arroyo was just throwing up zeros, while the offense had another bases loaded no outs situation in the fifth inning as Jay Bruce came up he hit a sac fly to right scoring Robinson to make it 4-0. Arroyo allowed his first run of the game in the seventh as Braves catcher Brain McCain hit a solo homerun.
Sam LeCure relieved Arroyo in the eighth went 1-2-3 in the ninth Aroldis Chapman came on and man he was throwing gas he got up to 104 mph fastest thrown since he threw 105 at San Diego during the 2011 season. Chapman got the first two outs in the inning but then allowed a walk then Freddie Freeman singled to center for a RBI to make it 4-2 but he got Brian McCain the tying run to pop out to Votto to end the game. It was Chapman 21st save of the year first since June 29 in Texas.
Reds are now 2-3 on their 7 game road trip with two more against the Braves tomorrow it will be Homer Bailey for the Reds and Mike Minor for the Braves first pitch is at 4:05pm.