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Losing Streak Extends to Seven as Cincinnati Reds Fall to Washington Nationals 4-1

July 26th, 2014 at 10:50 AM
By Cody Dalga

The season-high losing streak for the Cincinnati Reds continues on. The clubs hasn't felt the joy of a win since July 13 as they fell yet again, for the seventh consecutive time, this time at the hand of the Washington Nationals by a score of 4-1 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

"Sometimes when you struggle, and obviously, we're struggling, you kind of end up putting way too much on your plate," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Everyone does it; we do it as coaches and managers, players, etc., you put a bunch of hurdles in front of yourself, and you get away from what you do naturally, comfortably."

The Reds, who ended the first half on a high note pushing their record to a season-best seven games over .500, are now back at the even mark as they continue to slide. One thing they did not expect was one of their best pitchers, Alfredo Simon, to pitch as bad as he did going just four and a third inning allowing three earned runs on nine hits. 
"A couple of pitches were up, and I wanted them down in the zone. I was behind in the count," Simon said. "When you get behind in the count, it's easier for them to hit the ball.
Although three runs may seem like a small lead, with the way the Reds bats have been hitting that lead was virtually insurmountable. They managed just a single run, lowering their average runs per game to under two for the second half. They only collected four hits on the night.
"I think everybody is trying to do their part," Reds third baseman Todd Frazier said. "Right now, everybody is just not doing it, the whole.
After Washington's three-run fourth inning, Cincinnati's only run came in the next half inning when Ryan Ludwick scored Billy Hamilton on an infield single. Washington later scored off of reliever J.J. Hoover to extend the lead to 4-1, which was the eventual final.
The Reds will try their best to get a win on Saturday against the Nationals when Johnny Cueto takes the mound against Gio Gonzalez at 4:05 ET. 

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