Swept at Fenway

Many current Reds who hadn’t previously been to Fenway Park enjoyed seeing it for the first time and all of its charm and history. Two days later, the memories won’t be too rosy. Back-to-back 4-3 losses meant a two-game sweep for the Red Sox.

The Reds are 0-5 in regular season games at Fenway. Their last win here came on 10/22/75 — in Game 7 of the World Series.

I have the full story on the late-inning defeat with quotes from Bryan Price and J.J. Hoover and more on MLB.com/Reds.com. Go to there soon.

Some items of note:

*Mike Leake turned in a very nice outing for his sixth-straight quality start. 7 ip, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB (1 int/), 4 K, 91 pitches/61 strikes.

“It was a pretty cool night. I grew up watching [Jake] Peavy and it was fun to be able to pitch against him,” Leake said.

*Peavy remains undefeated vs. the Reds after his no-decision. He is 6-0 in 11 starts lifetime.

*Reds starting pitchers have allowed three runs or less in their last nine games since April 27. They are 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in that stretch.

*Skip Schumaker’s first homer for the Reds was a two-run shot in the third inning off Peavy. It was Schumaker’s first homer since 7/27/13 for the Dodgers vs. the Reds.

*Chris Heisey had a defensive gem in left field. A Shane Victorino drive to the Green Monster was snagged by Heisey with a nice catch to preserve Cincinnati’s 3-2 lead a little longer

*The Reds are 1-4 this season in Interleague Play.

*Tonight’s loss gave the Reds a 5-11 record in one-run games. They lead the Majors in one-run losses this season.

“We’ve got a good team. We just have to put it together. We haven’t done it. We’ve done it in stretches and then we’ve had stretches where we haven’t quite put it together. There isn’t a feeling of panic or anything. We’ve got a good team and we’re going to keep grinding it out. I think we’ll start catching some breaks and winning some of these close ones.” — Reds OF Chris Heisey.

6 Comments

Heisey’s grind-it-out wheel is getting real smooth–less and less crunch time production. Votto’s lack of production is killing the team. His body language says “good, another bat out of the way, game over soon.” Heart of the order Wed nite ninth inning down a run–two called, one swinging strike outs. Can’t anyone hit to the situation ? Do all the injuries tell anything about the conditioning program and/or the player’s response to it ? Still looking for some emotion, but I suppose stoicism is an emotion.

Very well put Bob. I don’t think this team is capable of any emotion unless it’s a walk off win of some sort. The injuries don’t help but the ones that are hurt, with the exception of Hamilton, are not much better than the ones in the lineup now. Hamilton is a rookie and deserves a chance. (doing well so far) They are pretty good at their handshakes after home runs. I think they practice that more than base running. As far as situational hitting , I don’t think any of know the meaning ,including the coaching staff.

What is wrong with Joey Votto? A .325 to .335 batting avg. in years past. Now he has a long time contract at around 20 mill a year and we as fans get a guy hitting around a .260 batting average. I’m glad I’m not on the hook for his salary. The other comment is why there is nothing even mentioned from the media? Is Joey a flash in the pan ball player?? Joey appears to be following in the footsteps of some of the Los Angeles Angels super stars who are struggling, but receiving hefty paychecks.

I guess Votto’s knee injury has made that big of a difference in his swing. He just doesn’t have the power he had in 2010. He can’t turn on the ball with any authority.
I would like to know if management and (or) ownership had any clue the injury would affect him in such a manner before signing him to that contract.

Contract signing came before the injury.

Okay. Thanks My bad.

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