Once again, it's must-win time. The Cincinnati Reds have had a few of those scenarios in recent weeks. None bigger than today in Atlanta.
Just what was it that turned the Cincinnati Reds from disappointing dregs after 44 games (19-25) to a team capable of winning 12 of the final 16 against top competition?
The Cincinnati Reds' 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight sets up what can only be described using the inimitable words of Marty Brennaman as a "titanic struggle" Wednesday night.
Nice to be scoreboard-watching in mid-September, isn't it? The Cincinnati Reds continue to inspire hope in their faithful fans at Redleg Nation and beyond, tonight winning their fourth straight and fifth of their past six tonight with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are a number of games still underway which will all have an effect on the playoff seeding race.
And so it continues. Another decent pitching effort is wasted by a complete lack of Cincinnati Reds offensive production in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
If you are a member of this community, chances are very good that you have invested a substantial portion of your life following the Cincinnati Reds. The folks here are people who I would definitely call die-hards.
The Cincinnati Reds offense struggled again, an error, and a baserunning miscue led to another loss in Milwaukee to the Brewers.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now won 23 of the last 32 games they have played against the Cincinnati Reds after tonight's 9-6 victory. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh has finished fourth or fifth in the National League Central Division for each of the past three seasons. For the Reds, a too-little-too-late comeback attempt was futile.
An important three-game sweep of a divisional foe is within the Cincinnati Reds’ grasp today. Having taken the first two games of the weekend series at Milwaukee, the Reds can get back to the .500 mark with a win today over the Brewers.
Now that's more like it. Starting what is clearly their best lineup for the first time since Opening Day, the Cincinnati Reds scored a convincing 12-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs to break a four-game losing streak. Mike Moustakas, Nick Senzel and Tucker Barnhart returned to the lineup from absences of varying reasons and powered the Reds to a 9-0 lead after six innings.
The Cincinnati Reds' bats continued their early-season slumber tonight, as the team recorded only six hits against a replacement Chicago Cubs starter and a bullpen that prior to tonight has been consistently raked over the coals. The 8-5 loss to Chicago dropped the Reds to 1-4 in a 60-game season in which avoiding a bad start was seen as critical to any team's hopes of success.
In a season in which we did not expect rookies to be key figures for the Cincinnati Reds, they were the bright spots on this evening. Catcher Tyler Stephenson and righthander Tejay Antone both made their major league debuts in notable fashions. Unfortunately, that happened because the Reds got behind very early, 6-0, after two innings, as the Chicago Cubs rode that early margin to an eventual 8-7 win. The loss dropped Cincinnati to a 1-3 record in their first four games.