Game 2: Reds 7, Mets 1
Bronson Arroyo had his best outing of the year -- 8 innings, 1 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts.
That way the key to getting the split.
"That’s huge," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That was big on a lot of fronts. That's the best game Bronson's thrown. He had them off balance. He had great location with his fastball. He was dealing. That's where it starts. You get good starting pitching and it makes everyone feel a whole lot better."
The hitting star was blog favorite Jeff Keppinger. He went 5-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He had six hits in the doubleheader to raise his average from .292 to .317.
When was the last time he went 5-for-5?
"College," he said. "I think I'm right on that. I never did in the minors. I had a lot 4-for-5s. That fifth one is hard to get."
Baker is a Keppinger fan.
"He works at it," Baker said. "He thinks about it. He concentrates. He focuses. He's trying to maximize his opportunity to play. Boy, that was big, especially for a guy with that slight of build to have that kind of game in the second game after a long, long day night. That shows what kind of shape he's in."
Reds went up 1-0 in the first on Ken Griffey Jr.'s RBI single. He's at 60 ABs since his last home run. But he has four straight two-hit games.
Scott Hatteberg doubled in Keppinger with a go-ahead run in the sixth.
Hatteberg made it a 3-RBI day with hit-and-run RBI single in the eighth. Paul Bako followed with an RBI single.