Coming off a 3-of-4 series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, all things pointed positive for the Reds. Beating a team with a record over .500, playoff aspirations, and in the rear view mirror for the NL’s second wild card spot certainly makes you feel good.
Then the Milwaukee Brewers come into town and take two of three against the Good Guys. Happy feeling not so happy.
In the series first game, the games was ties at 3-3 as we approached the 8th inning. One of the Reds bullpen stalwarts, Alfredo Simon, fell victim to a pair of home runs, thus absorbing the loss (0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER). Wasn’t the Simon we’ve seen for the vast majority of 2013.
Khris David popped his second of the game, a two-run shot, and Scooter Gennett drilled a solo homer to provide the Brewers with a 6-4 win.
Last night’ the Reds got a measure of revenge in a 6-3 win hitting four home runs. The Reds first run of the game on a Chris Heisey solo shot in the Reds 5th. The ball got a-rollin’
Maybe the most positive was that Ryan Ludwick hit his first of the season. Ludwick’s homer run sparked a three-run 6th inning. Ludwick’s shot was followed by a Jack Hannahan single and Zack Cozart home run, accounting for the three runs.
In today’s rubber game, Greg Reynolds, called up from Louisville to fill-in for the disabled Tony Cingrani, delivered a start the Reds needed: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. Aside from the strikeout total, a line you’d almost expect from Cingrani. His only mistake was serving up a Caleb Gindl two-run 2nd inning homer. That was all the Brew Crew needed to take the final game of the series.
Votto hit his 20th HR of the season in the top of the 9th, giving him 153 as a Red and surpassing Rose and Morgan. He now sits alone at 15th on the Reds all-time list.
Food for thought came after today’s game was provided by Mo Egger. Of course, it was delivered via Twitter…
Going 4-6 against the Brewers in July and August is not how you win a division.
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) August 25, 2013
No other way to look at it.
Head to St. Louis for the final time in 2013 (thank goodness) and a three-game series commences tomorrow evening.
A series win would do wonders.