I’m just going to start posting a carbon copy for the Reds when they are on the road. They have now lost 7 road games in a row so from now on you’ll just read the same thing and I’ll change the teams and
I cant really do that that’d be ridiculous but thats how I feel about the Reds when they go on the road these days. The Reds have been held to a single hit the last two nights, that is the first time since 1900 that this has happened to the Reds. Joey Votto and Xavier Paul are the only two players to record a hit in this series. To make things worse Corky Miller was the only player to record a walk tonight as well.
It hasn’t been a lack of starting pitching that has doomed the Reds. Homer Bailey had an outstanding outing tonight, he went 7 innings only giving up 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 6. A great stat line, he was pulled after the 7th with only 89 pitches on his count, why Dusty Baker didn’t leave him is beside me. On the otherside Washington has excellent pitchers as well last night Gio Gonzalez pitched a one hit complete game last night, tonight Jordan Zimmerman pitched a one hit game again. The pitching in this series has been outstanding so far.
The problem has been the offense, or lack there of. (Such a cliche, I hate it but it fits). Cincinnati is 3rd in the Majors for runs scored. I’m not really sure what team it is that has been scoring all these runs. They haven’t showed any power or run scoring ability in the past three games. Joey Votto his hitting sparingly, Todd Frazier has gone cold, same thing for Shin Soo Choo. It is completely baffling and utterly frustrating.
Tomorrow’s game is the FOX game of the week, Mike Leake looks to build off his last solid start as he faces Dan Haren. Haren has been shaky, the Reds need to pounce on him as soon as possible.