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Battle of Ohio; Cincinnati Reds Fall in Game One, 7-1

August 5th, 2014 at 12:41 PM
By Cody Dalga

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was not at all pleased with his club following Monday's 7-1 loss at the hands of cross-state rival Cleveland Indians. 

"What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was the fact that we didn't have our head in the game at all," said Price. "Especially those first five innings. We had two guys that forgot how many outs there were, we had a pitcher that didn't cover first base on a ground ball to the right side. We had five baserunners in the first three innings."

The Indians dominated the entire game from start to finish. They took the lead in the first inning and never looked back. Reds starter Alfredo Simon, who was making his 22nd start this season, went just five innings allowing five runs on six hits while walking three. 

"I just got behind in the count today, wanted to come throw strikes. They took advantage of that," Simon said.

The offense didn't help themselves either leaving a total of 11 runners on base. Cincinnati had runners on in each of the first three innings including two in both the first and third innings but failed to produce a run.
Cleveland plated three runs in the fourth thanks to a homerun by Lonnie Chisenhall, another run in the fifth, and two runs in the eighth. Cincinnati's only run came in the eighth when Brayan Pena doubled home Jay Bruce
"It's one thing for us to get beat, and then you have to tip your hat to the other guy," said Pena. "Today was another thing for guys to beat themselves. I'm not taking anything away from Kluber. He did a great job for them. But it's just us as a team. For us to look outside, that's not going to help us. The thing we need to look at is inside. It's all of us together."
The Reds and Indians face off again Tuesday night before both head to Cincinnati for games on Wednesday and Thursday. Winner will take home the Ohio Cup. 

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