Bronson Arroyo pitches, hits the Reds to victory

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Ubaldwho?  OK, that’s dumb, but the word stuck in my head as soon as I saw Bronson Arroyo’s game, so I figured I had to write it.  And no, Arroyo didn’t pitch quite as well as Jimenez did today — he gave up one run on six hits in seven innings while walking a half-dozen guys — but he probably had a better all-around day in the Reds’ 7-2 victory over the Dodgers.

For one thing he hit a three-run homer.  We can consult Jerry Blevins on this one, but I’m going to say that John Ely wasn’t lucky to have the pitcher batting.  Arroyo also took part in three double-plays, all of which were 1-6-3 jobs, which isn’t something you see everyday.

The Reds had dropped two of three to the Royals and the first two of the series with L.A., so today’s victory was a much-needed one.  They now head on a west coast trip. With a game tomorrow night in Seattle and no day off in between, it was probably good for them that this one ended in a crisp two hours and twenty-six minutes.

Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants

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The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.

We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”

Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.