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Cincinnati Reds Skid Reaches Six Games, Fall to Atlanta Braves

August 22nd, 2014 at 8:58 AM
By Cody Dalga

As the Cincinnati Reds returned from an abysmal road trip in which they were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, the club had a big opportunity to get back to winning against the Atlanta Braves. However, it wasn't meant to be as the Braves took down the Reds 8-0 Thursday evening at Great American Ballpark.

Reds starter David Holmberg, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Louisville, had an outing that lasted just two and two-thirds of an inning giving up six earned runs on five hits while also walking four batters.

"Definitely not what I wanted to do," Holmberg said. "The team needed a good start. They need to win ballgames. I wanted to go out and try and win a ballgame and didn't execute pitches. Once again, they took advantage of it."

The Braves got the scoring started in the second with a solo home run off the bat of Andrelton Simmons, his seventh of the year. Atlanta blew the game open in the third with a five run inning which was headed by a two-run single by Justin Upton and a run scoring double from Chris Johnson. Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward brought in runs later in the inning to make it 6-0. Holmberg was pulled after a walk to Heyward.

"We were hoping for a few more innings there and it didn't work out," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

The Reds offense didn't help much. They mustered just five hits on the evening, including one from pinch-hitter Kris Negron and pitcher Pedro Villareal.

The loss pushed the Cincinnati losing skid to six games and they dropped to 61-67. They are now a solid 10.5 games out of first place in the National League Central. They sit seven games back in the Wild Card race.

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