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, 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.









Just another choke job by the Reds ! Playing with utility players , that is what your gonna get ! Jocketty did nothing to help this ball club ! He could have added a hitter or 2 easily , and that coulda made a difference in a few of these 1 run losses ! He just threw in the towel , so dont expect many fans to waste their money to see this non-hitting brand of baseball ! Dump Jocketty NOW !

Seriously. What would you have him do. We have a high payroll. Do you want to sacrifce our top notch starters for a bat? We dont have many prospects. There are just a couple options. Trade our future for a post season without Votto and Phillips, meaning maybe a wild card and but not going to go deep in play offs. Or wait and see what happens and hope for the best. I would have been very happy had Walt said we are trading some pices for next year run. But also keeping a core to still produce this year. Simon, Broxton, maybe Latos would have been fine to trade. I would rather them move payroll to sign another bat next year.

That’s an inordinate amount of leftys working for the Reds.

28 one run losses. 25 guys thrown out at Home Plate. Billy Hamilton picked off or caught stealing 18 times. Rookie Manager. Rookie 3rd Base Coach. Rookie CF. I guess we should have expected some mistakes. But it hurts when the NL Central is so winnable this season… Price will get better Hamilton will get better. Steve Smith might be coaching in the Reds Farm System in 2015.

ESPN is reporting that Homer Bailey will be put on the 15 day disabled list before his next start.

Simon (12-7, 3.08 ERA) entered the All-Star break 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts and tied for the major league lead in wins. Since then, he’s 0-4 with a 4.78 ERA in five outings.

Becoming reminiscent of Brooks Lawrence “The Springfield Rifle” in 1956. Made AS team with a 13-1 or 14-1 record. After AS went 5-9 and faded from there. Boy, am I showing my age or what. I think the Reds led the Majors in home runs and run production that year.

Not all Simon’s fault; this streak coincided with the Red’s bats lull immediately after the all-star break. In Simon’s last 5 starts, the Reds lost all 5 games; Simon was credited with 4 of the losses. However, his ERA over these last 5 starts was only 2.80!

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