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.