Arroyo went 7.2 innings, allowing only five hits while striking out six. Arroyo has now won three straight starts against the Phillies dating to August 22 of last season, with a combined 1.52 ERA in the outings.
Not only has Arroyo figured out the Phillies, he seems to have turned his season around, after three straight disappointing outings.
Arroyo did not allow a run for the second straight outing, after he blanked the Milwaukee Brewers on May 12. After Saturday, Arroyo now has a string of 14.1 innings without giving up a run.
When Arroyo pitches like this, the Reds become much more formidable as a serious candidate to win the NL. With Johnny Cueto (who is expected to return from the DL on Monday) and Mat Latos at the top of the rotation, the Reds have a solid 1-2 punch.
If Dusty Baker can get positive production from Arroyo, Homer Bailey and/or Mike Leake, they should be able to stay on par with the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the National League Central Division title, and ultimately the league crown.
The other good news for Cincinnati in this game is that the Reds’ bats seem to be heating up. Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to nine games, and Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with a double and his sixth home run of the season. Todd Frazier also showed signs of coming out of his road slump as he had a pair of singles in the game.
On Sunday, the Reds will try to claim the series over the Phillies. Bailey (2-3, 3.51 ERA) will get the ball for Cincinnati, while Philadelphia will counter with Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.41 ERA).