There is no way to mince the words. The 9-4 defeat to the Mets Thursday was as ugly of a Reds loss that’s been seen this season.
Cincinnati led 4-0 after the top of the fifth and gave up nine unanswered runs.
*The lineup was 1-for-8 RISP and stranded six.
*The defense committed two errors, each leading to runs scoring — including the tying run in the seventh against Aroldis Chapman.
*Mat Latos could not get through six innings again and was at 100 pitches. (5+ ip, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 100 pitches/65 strikes)
*Two admirable scoreless streaks ended for the bullpen. Chapman’s unearned run, stemming from a dropped ball by center fielder Drew Stubbs, stopped his season-long streak at 19 1/3 innings. Logan Ondrusek, the losing pitcher, saw his 15 1/3 scoreless innings streak blow up in a five-run eighth.
“It’s something that’s going to happen,” Ondrusek said. “I have to bear down next time and do a better job and not give up five.”
*Dusty Baker did not take issue with Joey Votto trying to tag up and score from third on Jay Bruce’s foul pop out in the sixth. It proved to be a rally killer as the Reds had runners on second and third with no outs.
“Usually when a guy has his back to him, he thought he could make it because he was running away,” Baker said. “But he turned and threw a one-hop strike to the plate. It was a big play in a big inning and a good play by the second baseman. We were potentially about to blow that game open there.
“It wasn’t a bad play on a Joey. It was a good play by the second baseman.”
The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: R.A. Dickey, NY — 6 ip, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 92 pitches/69 strikes.
“I’ve seen a number of knuckleball pitchers and he threw more strikes with his knuckleball than anyone I’ve seen,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He kept them in the game and they came back and took it from us.”
No. 2 star: Ronny Cedeno, NY — a .185 hitter entering the day with no homers, Cedeno’s three-run long ball to right field off Ondrusek blew the game open in the eighth.
No. 1 star: David Wright, NY — 2-for-2, 3 BB, 1 RBI, 3 R. Wright is hitting .411 on the season and reached base each plate appearance. His RBI double to the center field wall off Ondrusek put the Mets ahead.