Four-game losing streak

Suddenly, times have gotten tough for the Redlegs. A 4-3 loss extended the season-high losing streak to four games. Meanwhile the first-place Brewers have won seven in a row and pushed the Reds to 4 1/2 games out of first place.

The Reds were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They had the tying run on second and winning run on first base and both were stranded in the final inning.

Willy Taveras is on a 0-for-19 skid since his 14-game hitting streak snapped.

“He was so hot. There’s no explanation,” manager Dusty Baker said.

And no one knows when Joey Votto is coming back from his dizziness issue.

“There’s no way around it. Joey is no question, our best hitter,” Jerry Hairston Jr. said.

Johnny Cueto gave up a second-inning homer but the inning the Reds could have really done without was the three-run top of the fifth. Cueto, who gave up four earned runs and seven hits with four strikeouts, retired the side in order in the other five innings. Again, Cueto showed good command and did not walk anyone.

Other quotes:

Baker on the losing streak:

“You know it’s going to happen sooner or later. You don’t like it when you’re in the middle of it. We certainly have to bounce back tomorrow. We have no choice.”

Hairston, who flied out to end the game:

“Obviously, you want to get that big hit there. I took a pretty good pass at it, squared up and just got underneath the ball. It’s just one of those things. The last four games obviously haven’t gone our way. We have to turn the page. This team is pretty good at bouncing back so hopefully tomorrow, it will be our day.”

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6 Comments

Just curious – I assume Votto was not even available to pinch hit last night, right? Else, we would have certainly seen him hit for either Taveras or Hairston in the ninth.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

Without their best hitter, this team really doesn’t have a chance.

Here’s hoping Votto recovers quickly.

Better get used to the losing Baker. With the way you manage there’s going to be a lot more. You should be fired immediately. Sit Gonzolez, he’s a jinx. Another disappointing year for the Dred’s. Nothing new. Hey Willie, How about a hit for a change.

Better get used to the losing Baker. With the way you manage there’s going to be a lot more. You should be fired immediately. Sit Gonzolez, he’s a jinx. Another disappointing year for the Dred’s. Nothing new. Hey Willie, How about a hit for a change.

ive been a reds fan since 1970, had alot of sleepless nights all those years. frustration and more frustration! i will be a lifelong fan, but the frustration!

The reds are a team oriented team. No one player defines this ball-club. The reds have won World Series without all of their best and they will do it again. Maybe this year. Yes they have made their share of fudges but they are young and hungry. This team is gonna suceed and I really believe someone that has been around as long as Dusty has knows base ball and he really wants to go all the way with this team. Let’s do a lil rootin and not so much tooting . GO REDS KICK SOME PHILLY ?? TONITE

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