“He wasn’t feeling very well,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He said all game it was a struggle for him, but this guy has big guts. He’ll give you what he has. He told us to keep an eye on him because he was about out of gas even though he didn’t have many pitches.”
Arroyo still snapped a three-game losing streak for his first victory since April 15.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of stuff,” Arroyo said. “I was grinding from inning one. Eighty-six, 87 [mph] was the top end for me. The wind was blowing at my back down on the field and up top it was blowing out. It’s a terrible mix for me because you can’t make the ball move down on the field. But if they hit it, it’s going to take off.”
“I was laboring every inning. It probably didn’t look like that. After the 6th, I told them those 65 pitches felt like 90 and to just be aware of that to have somebody ready to go. I knew I was getting away with some pitches I normally wouldn’t and that game could get out of hand quicker than you thought.”