Reds 4, Braves 2
The next step to building a good bullpen is get some guys who can get the game from the fifth or sixth to Jared Burton in eighth.
Bill Bray has done that in last couple of wins. Mike Stanton, the much maligned one, did that Wednesday night. Stanton threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
“I feel like we've got him back on track,” Pete Mackanin said. “With Mike and the other guys, we're hoping we've got a good bullpen.”
Burton, of course, is making everything work by pitching so well in the eighth.
“He's so confident out there,” Mackanin said. “(General manager Wayne Krivsky) has been taking a lot of heat about a lot of things. But how about picking that guy up?”
Burton, the Rule 5 pick, has a 1.71 ERA since All-Star Break.
By the way, there was nothing wrong with Bronson Arroyo -- 5 1/3 innings, 100 pitches were simply enough on a hot night.