Friday, April 21, 2006

Reds Rolling ... Brewers Bowled Over By Arroyo, Reds Win 3-1

This is one of the late night's when the real me has to shine. Although I may have my select few "loyal" readers, you might as well see a post like this one every once in a while.

The key point of Friday night's game at Milwaukee is that the pitching once again came through to deliver an exceptional performance. Bronson Arroyo, who struggled against the Cardinals, rebounded for a strong eight innings against the Brewers at Miller Park to notch his third win in only four decisions (3-1). The Reds' record now stands at a robust 11-6 after notching their third straight victory (the first against the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at home and the last two against the Brewers on the road).

What I find most impressive is that the Reds have been winning some key games, like the one on Friday night, without surviving on the long ball and their power offense alone. Saturday afternoon will see the third game of the series (and the road trip) with a guaranteed split at worst against the home team Brewers. Brandon Claussen (1-1), coming off a strong outing on Monday night against the Marlins, will take on Dave Bush (1-1) in a game that *might* actually see some pitching again for both sides.

The Reds are only one-half game behind the first place Astros in the NL Central. Can you Reds' fans out there reading this start believing that this team might actually be better than the predictions of a last place finish? I like what I am seeing so far, without a doubt.

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