Pitching
Joe Blanton
ERA4.37

JoeBlanton

SEASON CAREER
W- 83
L- 75
G- 237
IP- 1434.2
BB- 378
SO- 978
Thursday, April 4th 12:35 PM ET
Great American, Cincinnati, Ohio
 

BronsonArroyo

SEASON CAREER
W- 124
L- 115
G- 359
IP- 2076.2
BB- 589
SO- 1355
Pitching
Bronson Arroyo
ERA4.23
Los Angeles Angels VS. 

Bronson Arroyo

Career vs. Los Angeles
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.00 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Alberto Callaspo 9 .333 3 0 1 0 0 .333 .666 .333
Barry Enright 1 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Dan Haren 4 .750 3 1 1 0 0 .750 2.750 2.000
Torii Hunter 3 .333 1 0 0 0 1 .333 .666 .333
Chris Iannetta 6 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Maicer Izturis 3 .333 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .666 .333
Howie Kendrick 3 .333 1 0 0 0 1 .333 1.000 .667
Ryan Langerhans 3 .667 2 0 1 2 0 .800 1.800 1.000
Albert Pujols 73 .274 20 4 15 13 5 .379 .900 .521
Vernon Wells 31 .323 10 3 6 1 5 .344 1.086 .742
Cincinnati Reds VS. 

Joe Blanton

Career vs. Cincinnati
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.00 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Bronson Arroyo 2 .500 1 0 1 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
Jay Bruce 10 .200 2 0 0 2 2 .333 .533 .200
Miguel Cairo 9 .444 4 0 2 0 2 .500 1.056 .556
Zack Cozart 3 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Hanigan 3 .333 1 0 0 1 0 .500 .833 .333
Willie Harris 18 .389 7 2 2 5 2 .522 1.300 .778
Chris Heisey 5 .200 1 0 0 1 1 .333 .533 .200
Mike Leake 6 .500 3 0 0 0 1 .500 1.000 .500
Ryan Ludwick 18 .167 3 1 1 1 3 .211 .544 .333
Dioner Navarro 9 .111 1 0 0 0 2 .111 .222 .111
Xavier Paul 2 .500 1 0 0 0 1 .500 1.500 1.000
Brandon Phillips 17 .235 4 1 3 0 4 .235 .764 .529
Scott Rolen 6 .167 1 0 0 0 0 .167 .334 .167
Drew Stubbs 2 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Wilson Valdez 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joey Votto 8 .375 3 0 0 2 0 .500 .875 .375

Reds hit 3 homers for 5-4 win over Angels

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto ? One single in 10 at-bats. Jay Bruce ? One double in 13 at-bats with seven strikeouts.

Cincinnati's top run producers barely got the bat on the ball, yet the Reds managed to win the major leagues' first interleague series to open a season. Credit those other guys who don't normally do the heavy lifting.

Shin-Soo Choo homered on Joe Blanton 's first pitch of the game Thursday, the first of Cincinnati's three homers off the right-hander, and the Reds won 5-4 over the Los Angeles Angels .

Not too bad considering the big hitters' struggles.

"It means somebody else picked us up," manager Dusty Baker said. "We had excellent pitching. Some of their players didn't get uncaged, either. That was an exciting series. Every game was a great game that could have gone either way."

Todd Frazier also had a solo homer off Blanton (0-1), and Chris Heisey 's two-run shot put Cincinnati up 5-3 in the fifth. Blanton gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings during his Angels debut.

Blanton, who signed a two-year, $15 million deal in December, didn't make many bad pitches. He didn't have much luck, either.

"Two of them were off mistakes, and I felt I made maybe a handful of them all day," Blanton said. "That happens sometimes in baseball. One of those things that just happened out of the gate."

Heisey's homer was his first as the full-time left fielder. He's replacing Ryan Ludwick , who had surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder, an injury that will sideline him for at least the first half of the season.

"I've proven I can play off the bench," Heisey said. "I'm not feeling any pressure."

Bronson Arroyo (1-0) gave up three runs in six innings, including Josh Hamilton 's two-run single that was his first hit for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a groundout.

Nobody enjoyed Choo's homer more than Arroyo. Choo has four career homers off Arroyo, his highest total off any pitcher. The Reds got him from Cleveland in the offseason.

"Every time he goes deep for me, it's like a holiday," Arroyo said.

Left-hander Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth, converting his first save opportunity. Mike Trout led off with a single and was sacrificed to second, but Pujols flied out and Hamilton struck out.

The teams combined for seven homers and 63 strikeouts during the series. The Reds fanned 36 overall, a club record for the first three games of a season. The 36 strikeouts were an Angels record for a three-game series.

Their biggest hitters also have had a tough time getting started.

Pujols and Hamilton were a combined 0 for 17 with six strikeouts before they finally put something together in the third inning. Pujols doubled for his first hit, and Hamilton followed with a two-run single; Pujols slid into home safely while catcher Ryan Hanigan missed his leg while attempting the tag.

Pujols also had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring groundout, limping on his left foot after he'd run. Pujols is playing through pain from plantar fasciitis.

Choo got the Reds started with his sixth career leadoff homer. Frazier led off the second inning with a homer just inside the left field foul pole, and Heisey connected in the fifth.

The game featured the first replay of the season at Great American Ball Park. Frazier's fly ball went off the yellow padding atop the wall in the fourth, and he continued to third when Trout bobbled the carom for an error. The umpires checked to make sure the ball didn't clear the wall. Frazier scored on Hanigan's sacrifice fly - Cincinnati's only run that didn't come off a homer.

Baker got through the series without using left-handed setup man Sean Marshall , who's had some tiredness in the front of his pitching shoulder the last couple of weeks. Marshall said Thursday he felt much better and should be available for the opener of a series against Washington on Friday.

NOTES: The Angels head to Texas to play Hamilton's former team in a weekend series. The Reds host the Nationals in a matchup of the NL's top two teams last year: Washington won 98 games, Cincinnati 97. ... Angels manager Mike Scioscia might use Pujols as the DH over the weekend to rest his sore left foot. "He's fine. If he's struggling with something, I'll consider giving him a day. I can look to DH him this weekend," Scioscia said.

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