Vladimir Gutierrez gave up two runs in the first inning, but the Reds pitching held up their end after that. The Reds bullpen has only allowed 4 runs through 13.1 innings this season as they held the Braves scoreless for 4.2 innings tonight.
The Reds fought back in the 9th, just like they did 24 hours ago, but once again were one run short. Pham walked with 2 outs and Votto drove him in, but Aquino popped out to end the game.
The Cincinnati Reds (75-69) have not been playing their best baseball, but the Reds took over sole possession of the NL second wild card spot during the off-day yesterday when the Padres lost 9-1 to the Giants. The Reds control their own destiny now with a half game lead in a crowded race. The Reds magic number is 19.
Tonight was not the night for run prevention for the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball club. None of the Reds hurlers could stop runners from crossing the plate, except for Mr. Tony Santillan and position player, Max Schrock. The Reds defense was just about as bad. It just was not the Reds night this evening. The Reds have lost 5 of 6. The Reds will have to wait for the result in San Diego late this evening to see if they are still 0.5 games up or 0.5 games back for the final NL playoff spot with 26 games to play.
The Cincinnati Reds (72-63) are down to 27 games remaining in the baseball season as they cling to 0.5 game lead for the final playoff spot in the National League. The Reds will begin a three game series with the Detroit Tigers (63-72) at GABP tonight at 7:10 PM. The Tigers might have the exact opposite record as the Reds and be 9-games below .500, but make no mistake about it - this will be one of the most difficult series remaining on the calendar for the Reds.