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Common sense and history says the Reds will eventually hit.
But the growing concern has to be that the Reds season may be history by the time the offense does start to hit.
The Reds were held to one run on three hits in losing to the Dodgers 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
The Reds were swept in the three game series and fall to 5-12. They scored a total of five runs and 14 hits in the three games.
The Reds drop to 1-6 in one run games.
Since an Opening Day win, the Reds have been streaking.......eight game losing streak, followed by a four game winning streak, followed by a now four game losing streak.
The deciding moment of the game was a microcosm of the season: Scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dodgers had Austin Barnes on second base with one out. Sonny Gray intentionally walked co-NL home run leader Cody Bellinger (LH) to get to AJ Pollock (RH). A completely logical decision. Pollock promptly crushed a three run homer. Figures.
Barnes, the number eight hitter in the order, had walked to lead off the inning and stolen second when Joey Votto charged for a potential sacrifice bunt by pitcher Walker Buehler. With Votto leaving the bag, Barnes took off early and made it to second without a throw.
The Reds attempted to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with singles by Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp with one out. Eugenio Suarez pinch-hit for Derek Dietrich. A passed ball sent the runners to second and third base. Suarez grounded out to shortstop to plate Puig. 3-1 Dodgers Tucker Barnhart pinch-hit for Curt Casali and grounded out.
The Reds got the tying run to the plate with one out in the eight inning. Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch. But Scott Schebler pinch-hit and flew out and Votto popped up to first base to end the inning. Yes. He popped up to 1B. See note below.
The Reds brought the tying run to the plate again in the ninth inning: Puig reached to lead off the ninth inning when his pop up was lost in the sun by 2B Kike Hernandez. Jesse Winker struck out with Puig stealing second and going to third on a poor throw. Matt Kemp lifted a sacrifice fly to score Puig. 3-2 Dodgers Suarez fouled out to the catcher.
Gray pitched well, again: 6 IN, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 87 pitches/54 strikes. He retired the first nine batters he faced. His ERA sits at 2.79. His record is 0-3.
Buehler: 6.1 IN, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K.
Reds manager David Bell was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Nick Mahrley in the top of the fifth inning. Bell got his money's worth in his second ejection of the year.
Votto hit lead off for the second consecutive game: 0 for 3, with two strikeouts and a walk. His hitting .228 with a .323 on-base percentage.
Little things keep killing this team: Jose Iglesias singled in the second inning and was picked off first base.
A Vandy of a Day: Both starting pitchers, Sonny Gray and Walker Buehler attended Vanderbilt.
Jose Peraza, mired in an 0 for 21 skid, did not get the start.
It appeared the Reds finished off the Dodgers in the bottom of the 4th inning with a double play. But replay review showed 2B Derek Dietrich never stepped on second base. The play went as a 6-4-3 putout at 1st base. The teams, already in the dugout, had to return to the field. Gray then retired Max Muncy on a grounder back to the mound.
The Pollock homer was the 32nd consecutive home game the Dodgers have homered in, tying the ML record.
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