Thursday, August 23, 2012

Brown homers, but Arroyo pitches gem in Reds' 3-2 win

August 23, 2012

Box Score (Courtesy of, US Presswire
Both the Phillies and the Red dawned their early 90's throwback uniforms on Wednesday night, in honor of 90's Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park.

Bronson Arroyo's only win against the Phillies was in 2000, after the decade came to a close. He was a member of the of the Pittsburgh Pirates then.

Arroyo has struggled when pitching against the Phillies ever since. But Wednesday night was a different story.

Arroyo (W, 10-7) struck out four, and allowed just two earned runs in eight innings pitched. He gave up only three hits.

Dominic Brown hit his first home run of the season off of Arroyo in the fifth. It was a solo shot that that put the Phils down by one, after the Reds had previoulsy scored two runs in the top half of the inning.

Brown was the only one to find success against Arroyo on Wednesday night, accounting for two of the Phillies' three hits.

Arroyo pitched into ninth, but was pulled after pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen reached first on an infield single.

Aroldis Chapman came in for the save situation, but , with Ty Wigginton pinch-hitting, threw a wild pitch that allowed Frandsen to take second.

In the same at-bat, Wigginton made contact with Chapman's 100 mph fastball. His bat broke, but the ball went throught the gap and into right field.

Frandsen scored from second and Wigginton recorded and RBI single to make it a one run game again, after Jay Bruce homered in the eighth to put the Reds up 3-1.

The earned run counted towards Arroyo's outing, but Chapman was able to get out of the ninth for his second save in as many nights.

Vance Worley (L, 6-9) pitched six solid innings for the Phillies, allowing only two runs in the fifth from RBI singles by Drew Stubbs and Ryan Ludwick.

Worley gave up eight hits and walked two. He struck out three.

Josh Lindblom pitched two innings. He allowed no runs in the seventh, but gave up the solo home run by Jay Bruce that gave Cincinnati the 3-2 lead in the eighth.

Raul Valdes pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for Philadelpia.

The series with the Reds will conclude on Thursday night with the fourth game of the series. Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44 ERA) will go up against Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94 ERA).

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