Wow. That 6 game win streak is a distant memory now for the Cincinnati Reds as they lost for the fourth straight time Friday evening 5-4 to the lowly Minnesota Twins in the Queen City. That would be the third loss in the four games that have come by one run. The Reds now sit at 38-31 and barely holding on to first place in the central division. Sadly, not a week ago the Reds were riding high and 11 games over .500. What a difference a week makes in this brutal sport.
In this loss for the Cincinnati Reds, Homer Bailey couldn’t keep a lead he was given twice and finally ended up taking the loss. He now sits at 5-5 for the season. Bailey continues to be Jekyll and Hyde out there. One game, wonderful. Next, ugly.
At the plate the Cincinnati Reds were led by the newly returned Scott Rolen. He had 3 of the Reds 9 hits and drove in 2 runs with a two-run homerun in the fourth. Chris Heisey also collected 2 hits and 2 RBI as he hit a homerun in the first. Both blasts gave the Reds the lead. Bailey couldn’t keep them.
We even saw the end of Joey Votto’s seven game hit streak as he went 0-3 and, of course, a base-on-balls.
As I always do, though, there were some postives for the Cincinnati Reds in an otherwise disappointing loss. They came in the form of Sam LeCure rebounding to work two innings, allowing no runs and striking out three and Sean Marshall who worked one scoreless innings. I think Marshall is now finding his groove that will last for a while.
The two teams will go at it again tomorrow afternoon at GABP. Luckily for the Cincinnati Reds’ fans everywhere, Johnny Cueto is scheduled to pitch and should put an end to this losing streak.