Monday, October 8, 2012
Arroyo throws gem by thriving outside
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Cincinnati Reds pounded the San Francisco Giants, and recorded their first postseason shutout since Game 1 of the 1990 World Series when they won 7-0 against the Oakland Athletics.
The Reds nine runs were the second-most in a postseason road game, and most since scoring 10 in Game 8 of the 1919 World Series.
That was the clinching game in a best-of-9 series best known for the "Black Sox Scandal" where eight Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball for allegedly throwing the World Series.
On Sunday, the Reds offense was led by Ryan Hanigan and his three RBI, which are tied for the second-most by a Reds catcher in a postseason game since Benito Santiago had three in the 1995 NLDS.
However the real story of the game was Bronson Arroyo.
Arroyo became the first Reds pitcher to throw at least seven scoreless innings allowing one hit or fewer in a postseason game.
How did Arroyo beat the Giants?
He threw 57 of 91 pitches (62.6 percent) on the outer third of the plate or further away. Giants hitters were 0-for-15 in at-bats ending with a pitch in that location.
Giants hitters were also 0-for-8 in at-bats ending with an offspeed pitch, including all four of Arroyo’s strikeouts.
Arroyo was also dominate with two strikes as Giants hitters were 0-for-11 in two-strike at-bats.
It was a rough day for the Giants who were shut out at home in a postseason game for second time since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
This was their largest shutout loss in postseason history.
The nine-run defeat was the Giants worst in a postseason game since losing 13-1 in Game 5 of the 1951 World Series.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Cincinnati where the Reds were tied for the best home record in the National League during the regular season.