Cincinnati Reds Blown Out by Mets to Complete 4-Game Sweep


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W: Jacob deGrom (14-8)

L: Keyvius Sampson (2-6)

When you’ve had a season as poor as the Cincinnati Reds have, you’d ideally like to end the season on a good note, at the very least.

The Reds have done the exact opposite of that, as they dropped their eighth straight contest on Sunday against the New York Mets, who leave Cincinnati with a four-game sweep in hand.

Once again, a rookie starting pitcher had an ugly outing for the Reds. A day after John Lamb only made it through two innings, Keyvius Sampson gave up five runs (three earned) on nine hits while only lasting 2.2 frames before being pulled.

Sampson put the Reds in a hole just three batters into the game as Michael Conforto followed a Kelly Johnson single with a run-scoring double. A two-run homer by Dilson Herrera made it 3-0 in the second and a single by opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom scored two more in the third — both unearned due to a fielding error by first baseman Joey Votto €— knocking Sampson from the game.

Bad defense haunted the Reds again in the fifth. With two on and two out, Sam LeCure appeared to have worked out of the jam, but left fielder Ivan De Jesus dropped a routine line drive off the bat of deGrom to score a run and keep the inning going. Next batter Juan Lagares then singled to make it 7-0.

Michael Lorenzen came on to pitch the sixth and allowed the Mets to further extend their lead, giving up a solo home run to Kevin Plawecki.

The Reds’ offense was mostly silent against deGrom and company. After allowing a double to leadoff hitter Skip Schumaker in the first inning, deGrom retired 14 straight hitters before Eugenio Suarez singled in the fifth.

Cincinnati plated its only run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth. Back-to-back one-out singles put runners on first and second for Votto, who delivered with an RBI single to extend his on-base streak to 44 straight games.

Other Notes:

  • Tony Cingrani and Ryan Mattheus also pitched in relief for the Reds, each firing a scoreless inning.
  • Schumaker would add another double in the eighth inning, giving him 20 for the season. He’s now 12-for-his-last-26 with four doubles.
  • If you chose to watch football on Sunday, it would be hard to blame you. In the four-game sweep, the Reds were outscored 36-12 and held a lead in two of 36 innings.

Up Next: The Reds will travel to Washington on Monday to play a makeup game with the scuffling Nationals, who are 0-5 against Cincinnati this year. Brandon Finnegan will be on the mound for his third career start and faces a daunting foe in Max Scherzer. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. ET.

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