The Cincinnati Reds are in an August swoon period right now. They lost for the third straight time Wednesday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2. It was there fourth loss in a row, and not only lost their first series since the Los Angeles Dodgers got them in over a month ago, but they were swept by the lowly Brewers.
It wasn’t the pitching that did in the Cincinnati Reds this time. Yes, Jonathan Broxton gave up the winning runs in the bottom of the 8th, but the Reds only scored 2 and they did that in the 3rd inning. They had nothing to show on the scoreboard after that.
Mat Latos pitched a beautiful game. He only gave up 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 8. When he left the game after the 7th inning, he was perfectly in line to pick up his 11th win of the year. That was when Broxton blew the save and took his first loss of his Cincinnati Reds’ career.
Baseball is the most wonderful game ever created. At the MLB level, baseball is a cruel and humbling sport. It is always important to remember two things – 1) it is a marathon not a sprint (I can’t take credit for that one:)), and 2) there are many, many ups and downs throughout the season. This for Cincinnati Reds’ fans is one of the downs. The best you can hope for is to contain the lows and try to extend the ups. In other words, don’t get too low or too high. The Reds have had several ups and downs this season already. From 5 game losing streaks to several 6 game and one 10 game winning streaks. They will find another winning streak soon. Let’s hope it is against the Chicago Cubs as the Reds travel to take the Cubbies on in a 4-game series. Maybe, just maybe, Joey Votto will be back in the line-up and all will be right with the world.