October 9, 2010 by staff
Bronson Arroyo, Bronson Arroyo was betrayed by his defense Friday night and could not throw his team to a draw in their series of first-round playoffs despite being staked to a four-run lead in the opening stages.
Arroyo received a 4-0 lead over the Phillies, but could not lead the Reds to victory, as Philadelphia rallied to win 7-4 thanks to four errors in Cincy. Brandon Phillips led the game with a homer, but he also made a couple of mistakes himself, one of which caused a big inning for the Phillies.
The Reds are one of the feel-good stories in baseball this season, but are against the wall with only two games in the playoffs. They return home for Game 3, but must face Cole Hamels and a Phillies team with strong backgrounds in playoffs.
Arroyo has been nothing but the regular season for all red, and for much of his career. It goes back to his days in Boston, Arroyo is a devourer of entries that always manages to keep his team in the game. He did the same Friday, pitching well enough to win and keep the Phillies in particular at bay until the fifth inning.
But the defense turned the tide, and now must host Reds Game 3 knowing that their season could end at any time.
What if the performance in the field is not clean.
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