Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
St. Louis 15
W: L. Lynn (13-5)
L: M. Leake (10-5)
–Zack Cozart was 2-3 with a two-run homer.
–Everything else. This was nothing less than a beatdown by a superior team. The pitching stunk. The offense stunk. The defense stunk (Jay Bruce made his first error of the year, and Todd Frazier made his 6th).
Speaking of Frazier, he’s now 0 for his last 28 at the plate, and hasn’t had a single hit in nine straight games.
–Mike Leake gave up four runs in the first inning, and everyone shook their heads knowingly. Well, the Reds got two of those back in the second inning, on Cozart’s homer, Leake settled down, and the score remained 4-2 until the sixth inning. The Reds were still in the game at that point, right?
Wrong. Leake couldn’t record an out, St. Louis scored five in the sixth inning, and the rout was on. For the day, Leake pitched 5+ innings, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and two walks. The bullpen wasn’t much better, including Sam LeCure, who gave up four runs on five hits in the ninth inning alone.
–The Reds have lost six straight series against the Cardinals. Embarrassing.
–Cincinnati has lost seven of nine, and they are fading fast. This team is just not fun to watch. They make mental mistake after defensive mistake after baserunning mistake. I tire of this circus.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.