Yet another one-run loss
The Reds are 17-28 in one-run games this season after a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Those 28 losses in one-run games lead the Majors. Imagine how different the Reds’ record would be with a few . Instead they still tread water with a 60-60 record.
The full game story will be on Reds.com/MLB.com, as usual. Here are some quotes and quick info.
“That’s why guys have ERA’s. They’re not perfect every time. We gave them a run in the first inning — missed a cutoff man and that put them in a situation to score the second run of the inning. And then Cespedes and Napoli took advantage of some pitches to drive in three runs in that fifth inning.” — manager Bryan Price on Mike Leake having a rough day after having a 1.31 ERA his last three starts.
“I didn’t have my best stuff and they came ready to go. That combination is going to get you if you don’t make adjustments, so they did a good job against me today and made me pay.” — Leake.
“We catch a break with three attempts at a sac bunt there in the ninth inning for a strikeout and then a quick fly ball out and Eddie [Mujica] does a great job knocking the ball down up the middle.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell on the bottom of the ninth.”We wanted to get both runners into scoring position. One’s a real good thing, the other’s a real bad thing. I think he’s our best bunter. And [Mujica] is a tough guy, he was running power sinkers down and away from [Santiago], and he gave Cozart some trouble, too, trying to get that bunt down before Santiago, before he got that base hit. I just felt like, in that situation, force them to make a decision whether they wanted to play ultra-aggressive and have runners at second and third and play in or potentially concede that ground ball and be willing to go into extra innings and potentially give us the opportunity to win the game with two runners in scoring position.” — Price, on the decision to let Ramon Santiago bunt with two strikes in the ninth.
*The Reds are 9-16 since the All-Star and have lost four of their last five (all by one run).
*LHP Manny Parra, in his first game since last Thursday, worked a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout. Parra hasn’t allowed a run since May 25 vs. the Cardinals. His 21-appearance scoreless streak is a career high.
*Both of Skip Schumaker’s home runs this season, including his solo shot on Wednesday, were vs. Boston.
*And in a stunner of a nugget from the Reds media relations department, Schumaker is the first Reds lefty batter to homer on National Left-handers Day since Joey Votto and Jay Bruce on Aug. 13, 2011. Happy lefty day to myself, Trent Rosecrans, John Fay, Marty Brennaman, Chris Welsh, Hal McCoy and any other southpaws out there.