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Reds Get Rocked; Look to Get Back on Track Against Lowly Cubs

Updated on August 16, 2012

Reds Get Rocked; Look to Get Back on Track Against Lowly Cubs

by Robb Hoff

August 16, 2012

No starting pitching worth a hoot.

No three-run homers.

No win for the Cincinnati Reds.

For the fourth straight time, Homer Bailey has pitched batting-practice poor. Bailey has given up four earned runs in his last three starts and six earned four starts ago, turning what looked to be a breakout season into another episode of Which Homer is He?

As for the Reds hitters, they ran into a buzzsaw in the Mets rookie Matt Harvey, who looked sharp in the win and handcuffed Reds hitters for the most part. The Reds made it a little bit interesting in the ninth with a rally, but it was too little too late.

Fortunately for the Reds, they could afford to lose one without too much heartburn.

With one of the worst teams in baseball coming to town in the Chicago Cubs, the Reds should be able to salvage a winning homestand at the very least before the schedule toughens up for the remainder of August.

That is, as long as the starting pitching holds up and the Reds hitters keep launching long balls.

Thursday's loss marks the end of a five-game winning streak, so Reds Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman is safe if he had any plans about wagering again whether or not the team can reel off another double-digit win streak.

As for Reds Country, it looks like this team will make it interesting for fans down the stretch, especially if the return of first baseman Joey Votto is delayed too much longer.


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