Bronson Arroyo has really struggled against the Phillies in his career but last night, he had the Phillies hitters struggling. Going into the game he was 1-7, the lone win coming on July 22, 2000, working seven innings. He had lost six in a row and only once did he last more than five innings in his 10 starts.
At Citizens Bank Park, he was 0-2 with an 18.00 ERA, 24 hits in 12.1 innings. That changed last night as he retired the first 14 Phillies. Other than Domonic’s homer and double, he completely shut down the offense. He didn’t work from the stretch until Brown’s eighth-inning double.
Bruce’s homer in the eighth gave the Reds a 3-1 pad. It was the 22nd homer the Phillies have allowed in the eighth inning this season.
A ninth-inning single sent Arroyo to the showers and brought in Chapman. The Phillies second run was charged to Arroyo. They had the tying run on base when Howard ended the game with a hard line drive to left.
So, the Reds have won two in a row against the Phillies for the first time since Aril 2008 and the first time at Citizens Bank Park since August 2006.
Four-game set ends tonight with a dandy pitching matchup of aces, Cole vs. Cueto.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won, 1-0, at Rochester on Hector Luna’s 1st-inning RBI single. LHS Tom Cochran (8-5) won, 7 innings, 2 hits; 6th save for Jake Diekman. IronPigs trail 2nd-plce Pawtucket by .5 games in the wildcard race.
Reading lost, 2-1, at Harrisburg. CF Tyson Gillies, 3-4, 7th triple. 1B Darin Ruf, 1-4, 30th double; home run streak ended at 3 straight games. RHS Trevor May (9-12) gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 7, 4-hit innings. He struck out 9. Phillies remain tied with New Britain for a postseason berth.
Clearwater won a doubleheader against Daytona. SS Edgar Duran hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning in a 2-1 win for RHS Perci Garner (6-9). Duran began the 2nd game with a 3-run homer in the first and 1B Jim Murphy followed with his 16th homer, a 4-2 decision. RHR Ryan O’Sullivan (1-0) picked up his first win with the Phillies. Threshers are 1 game out of first place. They need to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.
Lakewood lost by 2 runs for the 2nd straight night vs. Delmarva, 6-4. C Gabriel Lino, 3-4, 2 RBI. Loss drove them 5 game out of first. They need to win the second half to make the playoffs.
Williamsport won for the 5th time in the last 6 games, 10-6, at Jamestown. SS Roman Quinn 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 3 steals (27 total) and 25th error. 3B Mitch Walding, 3 hits, 2 steals.
Gulf Coast League Phillies were suspended after 2 innings by rain.
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