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.
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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