Back to an even .500
Considering that the Reds started 2-0 on this road trip through Washington and Kansas City, losing four straight for the 2-4 outcome is a disaster.
During Sunday’s 7-1 loss, the Reds had just five hits. They had just 13 hits for the series and 34 for the entire road trip. Washington has the worst record in the Majors and Kansas City was a last-place team in the AL Central until the Reds came to town.
Welcome back to even .500, everyone. The Reds are 31-31 and it’s the first time since April 28 they haven’t been had an above-.500 record.
“We didn’t hit but we did hit the ball,” manager Dusty Baker said. “The last four or five days, we hit line drives at everybody. It’s going to turn and things are going to fall. There are some guys that are starting to swing the bat well. We have a lot of pride in that room out there. The guys don’t like losing and they know how I hate losing. We’ll turn it around, hopefully have a great off day [Monday] and then come out smoking against the Braves.”
The Reds need some offensive help. There really isn’t a ton they can do with what they have in Louisville. They don’t know how much longer Joey Votto will be away.
And when they’re not hitting, defense can’t let them down like it did on Sunday. All five runs scored on Johnny Cueto were unearned because of two Jerry Hairston Jr. errors. Jay Bruce made a nice effort to have a chance to catch Alberto Callaspo’s drive to right field. But the ball popped out of Bruce’s glove as he hit the fence.
When things are going well, those are kind of plays that fall your way.
Monday is a good time for an off day. I’m sure you have suggestions for what the Reds should do to correct course — go ahead and make them.
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