Travis Wood started, and it was evident from the very beginning that he didn’t have his best stuff. He allowed 2 runs in the first and another in the second. He settled down for a bit, pitching scoreless 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, but lost in the 6th. After 4 batters and some more runs, he was pulled. His final line was 5 innings, 6 runs–all earned, 4 strikeouts, and 2 walks.
The bullpen wasn’t able to stop the bleeding and give the offense hope of making up the deficit, either. Matt Maloney had a night he’ll want to forget as he allowed 7 runs in just 1 2/3.
As for the offense, they were quiet, contributing just two runs. Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly in the 3rd, and Joey Votto had a solo shot in the 9th. That was it. They didn’t even leave a bunch of guys on base this time, just 6.
So the Reds now have their first losing streak of the season at 2. Clearly, it’s time to panic. With just a half game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates, it’s clear this season is in serious jeopardy.
Unless they win again today when Bronson Arroyo starts against Daniel Hudson. First pitch is 8:10pm EDT.