The Cincinnati Reds had to wait quite awhile before finally
celebrating another victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bronson Arroyo hopes it’s his turn next.
The Reds starter seeks his first win over the Phillies in more
than 12 years when the teams continue their series Wednesday night
at Citizens Bank Park.
Cincinnati had dropped seven straight and 15 of the last 16
meetings with Philadelphia – including a three-game sweep in the
2010 NL division series – before Tuesday’s 5-4 victory.
The Reds (75-49) blew a pair of late-inning leads, but Zack
Cozart hit Jonathan Papelbon’s first pitch for a homer in the ninth
to break a tie before Aroldis Chapman converted his 22nd
consecutive save opportunity.
”I was looking to swing at the first pitch,” Cozart said.
”Usually when you face guys like that, they’ll try to get ahead of
Todd Frazier, hitting .478 with five home runs over his last 13
games, went 2 for 3 with a double and an eighth-inning homer for
Cincinnati, which has gone 31-11 since July 6 and has surged to a
sizable NL Central lead.
That hot stretch has coincided with Arroyo’s, as he’s gone 5-1
with a 3.76 ERA over his last six starts.
Arroyo (9-7, 3.96 ERA) beat the Cubs in each of his last two
outings, giving up three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win
“Regardless if you lose one, you always feel like you’ve got a
chance to come in the next day and win a series and give your team
a chance to stay kind of in a positive note and mentality,” Arroyo
told the team’s official website after his last outing.
The right-hander will need that sort of positive attitude
heading into this start versus Philadelphia, which he’s struggled
against for quite some time. He’s 0-6 with a 9.46 ERA in seven
regular-season starts against the Phillies since beating them July
22, 2000, while pitching for Pittsburgh in his rookie year.
Arroyo will look to help Cincinnati win consecutive games over
Philadelphia for the first time since 2008 when he opposes Vance
Worley, who is battling struggles of his own.
Worley (6-8, 4.11) has given up four runs in each of his last
three outings, going 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA. He lasted only 4 2-3
innings of Friday’s 6-2 loss to Milwaukee, and opponents are
hitting .367 off him during his rough stretch.
”It’s upsetting. I know I’m better than what I’m doing,” Worley
said. “I’m just not catching the breaks this year.”
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two career starts
versus the Reds – both last season – and will look to help
Philadelphia (57-66) bounce back after having its three-game
winning streak snapped Tuesday.
Jimmy Rollins had a two-run double to tie the game 3-all in the
seventh while Kevin Frandsen forced another tie with an RBI triple
in the eighth.
“That was some ballgame,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “They
didn’t quit. You see why they’ve won so many division championships
in a row.”
Tuesday’s loss dropped the Phillies to 27-34 at Citizens Bank
Park, and they’ll have to finish 14-6 to avoid their first sub-.500
mark at home since 2000.