Well, all good things must come to an end in life. As it was so for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday evening in their first game of the three-game series with the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Reds 10-9 in a game that featured 8 pitchers, 27 hits and 19 runs and ended the six-game win streak that the Reds were had going.
Mat Latos didn’t last long in this game. He went 4 innings and gave up 7 runs on 8 hits to increase his ERA to 5.20 for the season. On the positive side for Latos, he didn’t figure in the decision, so his five-game winning streak is still intact.
The relief pitching for the Cincinnati Reds didn’t fare much better against the hot hitting Indians’ lineup. They collectively gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in their 5 innings of work.
Now, let’s look at the brighter side of the loss. Sure it was a loss. However, it was the first loss in 7 games. It did take 10 runs to defeat the Cincinnati Reds. That speaks volumes for their night at the dish. They outhit the Indians 14 to 13.
The Cincinnati Reds were led by Joey Votto (2-4, .368), Brandon Phillips (3-5, .294) and Jay Bruce (3-4, .259). Collectively the three hit 2 homeruns, had 8 hits, scored 7 runs and had 4 RBI. Votto continued his hot hitting of the last month. He now leads the league in batting average and is creeping closer to the lead in homeruns and RBI. No one in the league is on a tear like his.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to start another streak tomorrow evening in Cleveland as the two teams square off for the second game of the series. Mike Leake will take the mound for the Reds hoping to continue his work from last week.
I predict that the hits will keep coming from both teams, but that the Reds will win the series pretty handily.