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Cincinnati Reds Swept for Second Consecutive Series

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:08 PM
By Cody Dalga

It has been six games since the All-Star break and the Cincinnati Reds are still staring at the same amount of victories that they had prior to the Midsummer Classic. It has been six games, and six consecutive losses for the Reds, who now stand five and a half games out of first after falling to the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

"Anybody that watches our six games on this road trip would understand we're not playing as we were leading into the break," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We're not scoring a lot of runs. We're not getting terribly efficient starting pitching. And we know we're a better club than we've represented in the last six games."

Within those six games, the Reds are average just two runs a game. 
"Offensively, we averaged two runs a game. That's not going to cut it," third baseman Todd Frazier said.
After falling Tuesday night in an extra-inning walk-off, the Reds and Brewers were scoreless until the fifth inning. Skip Schumaker led off the inning with a single and reached second when Ramon Santiago walked. After starter Mike Leake moved the runner over on a sacrifice bunt, Billy Hamilton hit a fly ball to left field that was deep enough to score Schumaker from third to give the Reds and early 1-0 lead. 
The lead didn't last long. Opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse singled to left before scoring on a Carlos Gomez triple. Gomez later scored on a single by Ryan Braun to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. 
An inning later, the Brewers plated two more runs off a Mark Reynolds home run, his 15th of the season. 

"They hit a few balls hard and a few balls that weren't hard that found holes," said Leake who pitched six innings allowing 11 hits. "Really, the Weeks double and Reynolds home run were the two I would like to take back. I still felt like I threw the ball pretty decent. Unfortunate stuff, and I missed a couple of spots."

The Reds were unable to get much production past that collecting just two hits in the final three innings. If they ever needed a break, tomorrow would be a great time for it and lucky for them, they get one. 
"I think a day off is good," Frazier said.
They are back in action Friday when they begin a six-game home stand beginning with a three-game series with the Washington Nationals. 

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