A day after the Cincinnati Reds six-game winning streak ended, they wasted no time starting another one as they took down the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0. Bronson Arroyo pitched seven and two-thirds innings allowing only five hits and did not allow a single run.
Cincinnati got the offense going early. After a scoreless first inning for both clubs, the Reds plated three runs in the second. Todd Frazier and Donald Lutz had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Ryan Hanigan then hit his first home run of the year over the left field fence.
Arroyo threw his best outing of the year. Only 1 base runner reached second base on Arroyo, and he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
"Everything worked today," said Arroyo. "I didn't think anything was outstanding, but everything collectively was a good mix against this lineup. It's been so tough for us to win over the years in this ballpark, it's nice to nail one down with good run support and keeping them off balance all night."
The offense plated another run in the sixth. Ryan Hanigan was hit by a pitch and Arroyo advanced him on a sacrifice bunt. After a fly out, Zack Cozart doubled to score Hanigan to extend the lead to 4-0.
In the eighth, the Reds doubled their lead, scoring four runs. After three singles from the first four batters, Cincinnati had the bases loaded. After a pitching change, Jay Bruce hit a deep fly ball that scored Shin-Soo Choo and allowed Joey Votto to advance to third. With Todd Frazier at the plate, a wild pitch let Votto score and Frazier then singled to score Phillips. Donald Lutz then ended the scoring with a run scoring double. It was the first of his career.
As if it wasn't enough, Votto launched a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that traveled 418 feet and gave the Reds a 10-0 lead.
"My swing feels quite a bit better," Votto said. "It feels quicker and more direct to the ball, and combining that with being able to see the ball as deep as possible, it's usually when I am at my best."
Votto reached base in all six at-bats. He was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs as well as reaching on two walks.Tags: Baseball, Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Donald Lutz, Jay Bruce, MLB, ryan hanigan, todd frazier, zack cozart