I just got back from a quick trip to Charlotte to visit an infamous home center store based out of Sweden. So I have been out of the loop for the last two days of Cincinnati Reds baseball. Thank goodness, however, for DVR – now there is bounty from above – I was able to watch both the last game against the Cleveland Indians and the first game agains the New York Mets.
I’ve got to say, it is so much fun to watch the Cincinnati Reds play the way they are supposed to play. They are hitting, fielding, pitching (both starting and relief) with great ease and productivity. Consequently, the Cincinnati Reds are now riding a four game win streak that has carried them to 9 (count them, 9) games above .500 at 36-27. This is the first time all season that the Reds have found themselves that many games above .500.
On Friday, against the New York Mets (in New York) the Reds pounded out 11 hits and 7 runs. This was preceded by the Reds destroying the Cleveland Indians in the finale of their three-game series in Cincinnati 12-5. In that game on Thursday evening, they came through with 17 hits.
Bronson Arroyo picked up the win on Friday and improved his record to 3-4. He went 6 innings, allowed 4 hits and 3 runs. On Thursday, Jose Arredondo got the final out of the 5th to pick up the win. He is now 4-1 for the Cincinnati Reds. Most importantly, especially how things had been going before the streak began, the relief pitching only allowed 2 runs total in both games. That includes a two strikeout inning of workfrom Aroldis Chapman on Friday to finish the game. He has been struggling as of late. It was good to see his return.
The Cincinnati Reds will continue their road swing by taking on the Mets again Saturday evening for the middle game of their three-game series. This is the second time this season that the Reds have won four straight. Let’s make it five, shall we?