The pitching prowess of the Cincinnati Reds was on display again Tuesday evening as Bronson Arroyo was brilliant and the Reds defeated the Milwaukee Brewers again 4-3 to win their second in a row and third game out of the last four.
Bronson Arroyo picked up where Mat Latos left off on Monday and carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning. But as is very often the case for Arroyo, one inning did him in. He allowed three runs and left the game with the score tied 3-3. Sean Marshall came in to get the final out of the 8th. In the bottom half of the inning, Drew Stubbs took the first pitch he saw from Brewers’ closer John Axford and launched it over the dead centerfield wall. The blast gave the Cincinnati Reds the lead for good and the win to Marshall (2-3).
The final line on Arroyo was the 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. He improved his ERA to 3.14.
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds’ struggling closer, came in and shut down the Brewers by striking out the side. It was a very welcome sight to see from Chapman. He has allowed 3 homeruns in his last 5 appearances. This from a guy who allowed 2 homeruns in his first 95 appearances. He picked up save number 9 for the year.
The Cincinnati Reds got their runs in the normal Reds’ fashion. In addition to Stubbs’ long ball, Jay Bruce lifted his 17th homerun in the 6th to give Arroyo the three run lead.
It was the pitching that was the story of the night for the Cincinnati Reds. Five games ago Dusty Baker decided to change up his rotation. He decided to go with his hard throwing pitchers (Johnny Cueto, Mato Latos and Homer Bailey) being interspersed with his off-speed pitchers (Arroyo and Mike Leake). To say that the experiment is a success early on is an understatement. If not for a Chapman meltdown against the Minnesota Twins, the Cincinnati Reds would be riding another 4 game win streak.
The two teams will complete the series on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Reds (41-32) will then embark on a long West coast trip.