Bad Breaks and the Long Ball Sink the Reds

Not since April 8th had the Reds been over .500 but yesterday they finally made it to 13-12 after beating the Pirates 6-1. Today however they fell back to the .500 mark by dropping tonights game 3-2. This game was one that featured some similar problems in Reds loses this season, mainly the long ball. Once again the only runs scored were by homeruns a two run shot by Neil Walker in the 3rd and a solo shot by Alex Presley in the 7th. On top of that the Reds hit into a staggering 4 double plays the most painful being late in the game where Scott Rolen tried to tag up from first on a fly ball to center. I understand that at the time he was trying to make something happen and the bottom of the order was coming up but still give the guy at the plate a chance, you never know. Although he took the lose a positive sign was the pitching by Mike Leake who besides two pitches looked more comfortable and like he did last year. Leake’s final line was (7 ip 4 hits 3 ER 4 SO) a quality start and definitely good enough to win but on this night everything was going Pittsburgh’s way. The only time that it appeared the Reds were going to steal the momentum back was in the 7th when Jay Bruce hit a triple off a ball misplayed by the CF McCutchen, he was then singled in by Rolen. The Reds did threaten a few times after but they had no luck and no one could seem to get the lucky bounce.

Make sure you check back tomorrow for my second installment of the Reds Avengers comparison with Brandon Phillips! And check out my first installment with Joey Votto!!!Cincinnati, Reds, Pittsburgh, Pirates, Jay Bruce, Scott Rolen, Mike Leake, Joey Votto, The Avengers 

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