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Cincinnati Reds Win Opener Against Milwaukee Brewers 6-1

The Cincinnati Reds (15-13) began the series against the Milwaukee Brewers in grand style Monday evening winning 6-1 behind yet another solid outing from Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo allowed 1 run (solo shot in the first) and then settled in to get the best of the Brewers for the next 6 innings.  When all was said and done, Arroyo pitched 7 innings, allowed the 1 run and struck out 9, which is a carerr high for him against the Brewers.

The high kicking right hander for the Cincinnati Reds showed his toughness in the fourth inning.  The Reds had just gone on top 5-1 when Arroyo was faced with two on and no one out.  Four batters later and Arroyo is sitting on the bench having escaped the inning with no damage.  He followed up by striking out the side in the 5th to end any possibility the Brewers may have had in a come back.

The fourth turned out to be the deciding inning for the Cincinnati Reds at the plate too.  It started, as it often does, with Zack Cozart who went deep to tie the score 1-1.  It ended with Jay Bruce, as it very often does, blasting a giant shot 460 ft. over the left-centerfield wall.  Just like that, a 1-0 deficit had been turned into a 5-1 lead.

The Cincinnati Reds bullpen did what it has been doing for the last 15 games.  Logan Ondrusek (0.00 ERA) and Sean Marshall (4.35) completed the Reds’ domination again holding the Brewers scoreless.

Bronson Arroyo improved his record to 2-1, his ERA to 2.75 and made it clear that last year is a distant memory for him.  He is back and really pitching well.

As for Jay Bruce, well, let’s be honest here, very few are hitting as well as he is right now.  He knocked in his 21st RBI with his 9th homerun of the season tonight and boasts a .298 batting average.

As an added bonus for Cincinnati Reds’ fans, Miquel Cairo returned to the line up to pinch hit in the 9th and delivered a ground rule double to score the final run.  It was great to see him back in the line up and producing. 

The two teams will go at it again Tuesday evening in Milwaukee.