2-6 road trip
The Reds can only be glad that road trip is over with. Cincinnati to Phoenix to the Bay Area and back to Texas. Eight games, plus two off days bookending a two-game series vs. the A’s. A 2-6 road trip. It could have been 3-5 had they not blown the ninth-inning lead in the second game in Arizona. It could also have been 1-7 considering they won yesterday in 11 innings.
The wayward journey ended Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Click here for the game story on MLB.com.
The Pirates won their game over the Brewers in 14 innings. That put the Reds 5 1/2 games out, a season-high.
Frustrating for the fans? Yes. Time to freak out? Nope. Not with 80 games left. But many things need to improve soon.
*Cincinnati has dropped seven of its last nine games.
*Over their last 15 games, the Reds were 12-for-112 (.107) with runners in scoring position.
*Todd Frazier is batting .238 after going 3-for-24 on the trip.
*Shin-Soo Choo was 4-for-27 on the trip
*Brandon Phillips was 5-for-23 but missed the Oakland series.
*The rotation had a 5.03 ERA while going 1-5.
*On the plus side, Joey Votto was 2-for-3 on Sunday and 10-for-29 (.345) in the eight road games. He has reached safely in his last 16 games.
*Mat Latos deserved better. It’s the second time in three games the lineup didn’t score for him while on the mound. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned). In the seventh, he had runners on the corners when he was visited at the mound by Dusty Baker. Latos was allowed to continue to face Nelson Cruz, who lifted a soft lined single into right field.
“He was very strong. That’s why I left him out there,” Baker said. “He was still throwing the ball good. Plus, we’re trying to get him over the threshold of coming out early before he gets to 100 pitches. That’s two times in a row he got past the 100-pitch mark.”