I have been out of the loop for several days as far as the blogging, twittering and facebooking goes. However, I have certainly been watching every move of my beloved Redlegs.
A lot of people say that good baseball teams win with pitching and defense. The Reds have won seven of their last eight games. During that stretch, the pitching staff owns a 1.88 earned run average. The team has not committed an error since May 3. That’s 11 consecutive error-free games.
The offense has been coming up with some timely hits as well. Yesterday, Scott Rolen got the Reds on the board with a two-run homer in the first inning. He drove in another run in the third inning with a single.
Bronson Arroyo (3-2) did his job on the mound and at the plate. He allowed two runs on seven hits en route to his first complete game of the season. Arroyo also contributed with a two-run single in the fifth.
The 7-2 victory over the Cardinals means the Reds now sit alone atop the National League Central for the first time since April 17, 2007. Is it time to start printing playoff tickets? Absolutely not, but this team is playing good baseball. They are doing the things that contending teams do. Let’s just enjoy it.