Losing streak at six


The Reds certainly have reasons to get more than a little concerned now. The losing streak, a season-high six games, has now crept into a second turn of the rotation. Bronson Arroyo was roughed up for nine runs and 10 hits in only 2 2/3 innings, including two homers for a 10-3 loss to the Phillies.

That’s back-to-back 2 2/3 innings outings between Arroyo and Edinson Volquez. Johnny Cueto needs to be good Tuesday, especially after he had a lackluster five-inning performance on Thursday vs PIT. Travis Wood was good in his Friday start vs. the Indians but unraveled after 5 1/3 no-hit innings. Only Homer Bailey has had a tremendous outing from start to finish and he was undone by one bad pitch for a two-run homer and 2-1 loss Saturday.

“That’s what we talked about not long ago – trying to stay out of long slumps,” Arroyo said. “For as long as I’ve been on this ballclub, it always seems as if everything comes in clumps. You win three or four and then you lose four or five. That’s basically playing .500 ball, which is not going to be good enough to get by.”

*During the last six games, the Reds are batting .199 (39-for-196).

*Entering tonight, the Phillies had been held to three runs or less for nine-straight games.

*Cole Hamels is now 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA in the regular season vs. CIN. Had Arroyo kept the game close, Hamels might have been beatable. He had 102 pitches over six innings and wasn’t the sharpest he’s been against them.

*Chase Utley was 0-for-5 in season debut for the Phillies. The crowd of 45,841 fans was the largest in the regular season history at Citizens Bank Park.

*Jay Bruce hit his team-leading 12th homer, a three-run shot off the RF foul pole in the fourth. He is 8-for-11 (.611) with four homers and six RBIs over the last five games. Now the Reds need to spread th the wealth around.

*This is the longest losing streak for the Reds since an eight-game stretch from July 28-Aug. 4, 2009.


“A team as good as these guys, even though they’ve been struggling more than they have in the past, you just can’t give them those bloop hits because those are almost like us making an error. It’s extra at-bats and extra outs for us. They make you pay for it, especially at home. They play really when their crowd gets into the ballgame.” — Bronson Arroyo on the Phillies

“Two days in a row of going to our bullpen early. We can’t keep going there. We had a nice run there, 8-9 games, where we got deep in the game. The last couple of games, we’ve had early departures.” — Dusty Baker


Despite his prolonged slump, I was surprised that Gomes wasn’t in the lineup against Hamels. He usually hits lefties much better, not that it would have made a huge difference.

Turned on the radio after work – 9 to 0. Ouch! I understand that Volquez broke an unwritten rule, and of course, he shouldn’t mention hitting if his pitching was a problem, but we all know he was right. And it’s a shame to waste one of Bruce’s hot streaks. So, tonight, perhaps they’ll right the ship and sail on. Go Reds!

Arroyo has a higher ERA than Volquez in their last six starts. It’s not just EV that is struggling. Just keep telling yourselves that there are 114 games left.

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