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Reds Drop Third Straight; Risk Freefall From Baseball's Best Record

Updated on August 7, 2012

Reds Drop Third Straight; Risk Freefall From Baseball's Best Record

by Robb Hoff

August 7, 2012

The Reds kept their 3-1/2-game lead atop the N.L. Central division intact but dropped their third straight game and appear to be in some jeopardy of squandering the work they put in to claim the best record in Major League Baseball.

The 22-3 tear and 10-game winning streak the Reds enjoyed the past month is starting to fade from view in a hurry.

Reds ace Johnny Cueto can't be blamed. He made one really bad pitch and it more or less cost him the win. The good news on the Cueto front is that the two-run homer aside, he remains dominant and looks completely healthy after coming up lame at the end of his last start.

On the other hand, the Reds hitters personified the word lame against Milwaukee Brewers starter Mike Fiers, who the Reds made to look like a post-season Roy Halladay. The Reds made some decent contact but were blanked for six innings before Reds shortstop Zack Cozart broke up Fiers perfect-game bid in the seventh inning.

The Reds hitters made things a little bit interesting in the eighth inning before pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick struck out swinging, leaving runners stranded at the corners.

With the Reds recent success starting to sour and their best hitter Joey Votto still a couple weeks from returning to action, the Reds can only hope that starter Mat Latos can keep his groove going and that the Reds hitters don't turn Randy Wolf into Randy Johnson.

After scoring just six runs in three games, the Reds hitters appear to be regressing back to their ways earlier in the season when runs were scarce and every game seemed like a Titanic struggle. Whether or not the ship is sinking fast remains to be seen over the next couple weeks.

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