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Cincinnati Reds Squander Jay Bruce’s Big Night in 6-5 Loss to St. Louis Cardinals

August 19th, 2014 at 7:25 PM
By Cody Dalga

The Cincinnati Reds needed someone to step up for Monday's game against the St. Louis Carindals, and they got one from Jay Bruce who went 2-for-5 with a homerun and four runs batted in to go along with a run scored. Unfortunately, it was really the lone bright spot as the Reds fell by a score of 6-5 in extra innings at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The loss put the Reds three games under .500 (61-64), and put them back a season-high nine games behind the NL Central leader Milwaukee Brewers.

"I know nobody wants to hear it when you're three games under .500 and you're fading in the division right now, but I'll tell you, they fight every day," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

The Reds were dealing with a two tough losses on Sunday before making it to St. Louis early Monday morning.

"Considering how we lost those two games yesterday and got in at 4 o'clock this morning to the hotel, they came out early to the ballpark, busted their tails and lost in extra innings in a tough way," said Price. "It stinks to lose, but I'm proud of our guys."

It was yet another letdown by the bullpen. Logan Ondrusek, who was activated Monday with Brandon Phillips from the disabled list, gave up the game-winning single to Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the tenth inning. In the three losses, Reds relievers allowed 16 earned runs.
The Cardinals took an early 3-0 lead before the Reds put a four spot in the fifth inning. Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Starting pitcher Mike Leake was hit by a pitch and after a groundout, Bruce launched his 14th homerun of the season.

"I think we came out ready. We've had trouble holding leads lately," said Bruce. "There were some opportunities I don't think we took advantage of. It's the way the ball has been bouncing lately. I personally had a good game but at the end of the day, it's not what it's about. It's about winning games. They're more of a premium than they have been at this point in the season and we needed that one."

The Cardinals tied the game and took the lead with runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Bruce doubled home a run in the ninth to knot the game at five before the game ended in the 10th.
"I'm not going to hammer you with all the silver lining stuff. Everybody is sick of losing," Price said.

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Tags: Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Logan Ondrusek, Mike Leake, MLB, zack cozart

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