Cincinnati Reds need a win, a win in the worse way. After dropping two in Milwaukee and two to Seattle the series prior
Cincinnati is struggling, after a loss Thursday night to Atlanta things were looking down.
That was until Friday night when the Reds some times powerful offense jumped on Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlin in the 1st scoring three runs while giving Bronson Arroyo a cushion to start the game with.
The three run first was led by Brandon Phillips as he singled to center driving in both Shin Soo Choo and Derrick Robinson who was in the 2 hole in the lineup today as Zach Cozart was moved to 7th in the order.
After Phillips single to center Todd Frazier came up and tripled to center driving in Joey Votto from 3rd. Phillips was called out previous to Frazier’s at bay.
With a 3-0 lead in the first Arroyo was able to relax and go to work and that is exactly what he did. Going 7 innings strong only giving up 3 hits and 1 earned run which was a home run in the 7th to Braves catcher Brian McCann.
From the 7th inning on Dusty Baker pulled Arroyo in favor of the bullpen, Arroyo was only at 90 pitches but with the stoutness the bullpen has shown in recent games it made sense tonight.
Aroldis Chapman made the game interesting in the 9th giving up a run to Freddie Freeman off a single that drove in Tyler Pastornicky. That run ended the Reds bullpens scoreless innings streak. Not to worry though Chapman still closed out the game getting the save and giving Arroyo the win.
Zach Cozart was moved down in the order today and it appears to have worked for tonight as Cozart went 2-4. Not bad for the young shortstop.
Cincinnati and Atlanta return to Turner Field tomorrow as Homer Bailey takes on Mike Minor of the Braves.