Cincinnati Reds Finally Collapse to San Francisco Giants

By Jeff Gray

The Cincinnati Reds finally succumbed to the pressure of trying to get a home playoff win Thursday and lost, decidedly, to the San Francisco Giants, 6-4.

It really doesn’t matter how they lost.  There are several spots that cost them dearly.  If not Jay Bruce getting thrown out in the third, it was Mat Latos giving up the grand slam to Buster Posey in the fateful 5th inning.  Maybe it was the Reds going 2 for 13 with RISP.  Let’s face it, that was the Achilles heel for the Reds throughout the season and ultimately, it is the reason they are packing up and going home and the Giants are moving on.

There’s really nothing that can be said that will change the outcome of the victory.  The Giants did what they had to do and won three straight games in the other team’s ballpark and won the series.

I want to turn now to the future of the Cincinnati Reds for next year.  They have a bright one, for sure.  They have a pitching problem, in that they have six true starters that can start every game next season (good problem to have).  They have the best bullpen in the league.  They have a young, good hitting battery of everyday players.  All general manager Walt Jocketty needs to do is work around the edges and fine tune the team.  They truly have the nucleus for a remarkable team that can contend for several years to come.

I want to thank the Cincinnati Reds for the great season.  I have enjoyed blogging for them this year.  It is no stretch to say that I have seen 95% of all innings played.  It has been a real pleasure.

This will be my last article covering the Cincinnati Reds.  I want to thank those of you who followed my blog all year.  At the beginning of the season, I promised I would sit naked in GABP if the Reds made it to the World Series.  I guess I’m off the hook with that promise.

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