Tony Cingrani realizes by now how badly one mistake can be.
Cingrani was nearly flawless for the Cincinnati Reds in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Because he wasn’t completely flawless, he suffered the loss despite a solid seven innings in which had 10 strikeouts. He has been a good pitcher for the Reds and continues to be one. He sustained a tough loss but still the Reds can be smiling from the effort they got from their lefty.
Cingrani is showing he’s going to have an excellent season. All the Reds have to do is match his excellence with some decent hitting at the plate.
For the seventh time this season and fourth in their last 23 games, the Reds have been shut out. The were the victims of a complete game by the Brewers’ Wily Peralta, who scattered three hits. Sure, Peralta was tough, but it was the first time in 407 regular-season contests that a Brewers pitcher had a complete game. That 407 figure was a MLB record career streak.
Yes, the Reds should be embarrassed with their offense, but they should be excited with Cingrani who allowed three hits and walked two. One of those walks was followed by his only mistake of the game, a homer by Logan Schafer, the first of his major league career.
That was a mistake, but the bigger mistake was that the Reds didn’t jump on Peralta, They’ve got players in the lineup with injuries but the Reds still need to deliver offensively.