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Cincinnati Reds Held to Just Three Hits in 4-0 Series Opening Loss to Arizona Diamondbacks

May 30th, 2014 at 5:01 PM
By Cody Dalga

Offensive production for the Cincinnati has been somewhat of a struggle in recent weeks. Last night was a perfect example of that as they mustered just three hits in a 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Josh Collmenter went the distance for the D'Backs striking out five. 

"It's one of those games that you're simply embarrassed, basically," Reds third baseman Todd Frazier said. "That's all you can say. Everybody, from top to bottom, we're not playing well, even though we got the win yesterday. We should have been rolling into this next game."

'Dbacks vs. Mets at Chase Field' photo (c) 2013, Not That Bob James - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The shutout on Thursday marked the sixth time this year that the Reds were held scoreless. They haven't scored more than three runs in the past six games. Manager Bryan Price has attempted to change the lineup, but nothing has seemed to do the trick.
"What you start to do is start to give more people opportunities," Price said. "We have a five-man bench and we will utilize it as you'll see Friday and over the course of this series and moving forward. You can't keep trying the same things and expect a different result.
One person that has been making the most of his opportunities is catcher Brayan Pena. Since replacing the injured Joey Votto, Pena has been on a tear, both on offense and defense. He is currently on a seven game hitting streak which included a three-hit game Wednesday and he tallied two hits last night. Pena still believes the team can turn around the struggling offense.

"We're going to be all right," Pena said. "We're going to be OK. We trust each other. We know we're capable of pulling this together. That's what we're going to do."

Cincinnati will face off against ex-Red Bronson Arroyo Friday evening as Mike Leake takes the mound and tries to put the Reds back on the winning track. The game is set for 9:40 ET. 

 

Tags: Baseball, Brayan Pena, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, Mike Leake, MLB, todd frazier

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