Missed opportunity (big time)
The Reds had every chance to return home like conquering heroes. They came to San Diego 6-1 on the road trip fresh from a four-game sweep of a first-place but reeling Giants team. Thoughts of an 8-2 or 9-1 road trip danced in their heads.
Instead, they go home 6-4 after being swept three games by the Padres. Two shutout losses and two runs over 27 innings total. Lousy ending to what could have been a great trip. Plenty about the 3-0 loss on Wednesday and the missed opportunity will be on Reds.com/MLB.com soon.
“It’s hard to swallow after what we did with San Francisco and come back here and lost these three games in a row,” said Johnny Cueto through translator Tomas Vera. “It’s part of the game and we have a lot of games ahead of us. We just have to keep going.”
The off day on Thursday could be huge. It’s the first one after 16-straight games and a stretch of 16 of 19 on the road. The first place Brewers come to GABP to begin a season-high 11 game homestand heading into the All-Star break. Milwaukee, just swept in a two-game series at Toronto, has dropped three in a row. The Reds have played them well in both series this season, going 5-2 for the season.
Opportunity awaits again. What will the Reds do with it?
“It’s a chance to really do something in the division,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Obviously you come back and I’m sure guys are disappointed, not just disappointed, but upset about this series here. It’s time to really get after it and try to make up some ground against Milwaukee. It’s a great opportunity to do something in the division.”