What a lousy weekend this turned out to be for the Reds, eh?

Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Brewers was the worst of the last three games because it seemed like the Reds had unlimited chances, especially after Micah Owings settled down from his early bumpy innings. The Reds were 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 men on base.

Cue the collective groan.

Cincinnati came into the weekend feeling their oats and talking about first place. In three games, they dropped from 1 1/2 games out to 3 1/2 games out. In something that didn’t seem as likely a few weeks ago, they’ve dropped six in a row on the road. A four-game sweep of the Cardinals is the only way to get a winning seven-game trip. That’s an awfully tall order.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips still had his swagger after Sunday’s game. He hit his second homer in two games since returning to the lineup (fractured thumb).

“Honestly, it sucks real bad,” Phillips said. “I feel like we’re a better team than the Brewers. They executed better than we did. They did the little things. We didn’t do the little things the last two games. That’s why they won. We just have to learn from this and make sure we don’t take it to St. Louis or it will happen again.”

More Phillips: “We just weren’t the Reds this series. They came here ready because they knew we were ready. They saw us coming right behind them. Somebody had to step their game up. It was either going to be them or be us. It was them. They’re a good team but we’re better.”

Just a few days ago on this blog, I talked about the confidence and optimsm and the club being six games over .500 It seemed like the Reds were on to something different than I’ve seen around here. Let’s face it, they were out of contention by Mother’s Day the last two years.

Personally, I don’t believe this is the beginning of the end of the season. The now 26-23 Reds have prevented long losing streaks and haven’t lost more than four in a row yet. Obviously, Edinson Volquez has a big game facing him right away as he comes off the DL Monday.

This team seems to rally when adversity strikes and coming off Joey Votto’s departure and the Milwaukee sweep, this is yet another test to pass.

Will they pass it this time? Let me hear from you.

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if you recall, the 99 reds didn’t even sniff contention until the end of june. it’s a long season.

We are in a GREAT deal of trouble. If we stay above .500 w/o Votto we will still have a shot. We can only hope Votto can be back in 15 days. Maybe this Votto thing is worse than expected. Dusty didn’t seem assuring about Votto getting back in 15. The spirit of the Reds appears broken. Hopefully, they don’t know something we don’t about Votto. Come on Volquez, we need one bad!

Hanigan just missed breaking the game open with bases loaded! Tough luck for him, all that considered, I think that he is looking like a very good young catcher.

Hanigan is outstanding behind the plate and a very underrated hitter. I don’t think that this is the end of the season either. I would tend to think that the team knows what is going on with Votto. They seem to support him and hopefully Bruce and Phillips can provide the leadership to continue the resiliency that this team has shown.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

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