A struggling Cincinnati Reds ball club staggered in to Milwaukee on Monday night looking for a win and hopefully a sweep
against a Milwaukee club that is 16 games below .500.
That didn’t happen. The Reds lost 4-3 to Milwaukee continuing their downward trend. A trend that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. The Reds have now lost 3 of their last 4 against teams that are 10+ games below .500. These are games Cincinnati should be winning.
Homer Bailey took the mound for the Reds, no he didn’t throw a no hitter, not even close. ESPN I’m sure has a great write up on Homer’s bid for two in a row if you care.
Bailey struggled early giving up a two run home run to Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The Reds had given Homer a lead to work with in the first, that was squandered in the bottom half of the inning. This was the 4th game in a row that a Reds starting pitcher has given up a home run in the first.
The Brewers jumped on Homer in the 2nd and the 3rd scoring two more runs leading 4-2 following the 3rd.
Homer went 5.2IP, giving up 10 hits, 4 ER and one home run. Not a great follow up to a no hitter but everyone expected that to an extent. To only give up 4 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks isn’t to shabby.
The offensive struggle for the Reds continued tonight. Night after night the offense struggles and afternoon after afternoon Dusty Baker keeps the same line up in place.
The regular guys hit tonight like always. Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey all hit tonight. Heisey led the team with 2 hits including a homerun in the 4th.
Joey Votto had one hit on the night as well as a walk. Votto nearly had a 2 run home run in the 9th with two out. A blast to the deepest part of center was pulled back over the wall by Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez to end the game.
The frustration from this game just exemplifies the entire season so far for the Reds. It is incredible the Reds are only 4 games out of the NL Central lead.
The All Star break can not come soon enough.
Cincinnati and Milwaukee play again tomorrow night as Tony Cingrani (3-0) takes on Wily Peralta (5-9).