Reds reach 90 losses fourth straight year

By HAL McCOY

The Cincinnati Reds reached their annual 90 losses pit Saturday night in Marlins Park. And they earned it, just as they earned most of the other 89 losses.

At least they didn’t get shut out. Barely.

After getting shut out four times in seven games, they were working on five in eight games and hadn’t scored a run in 18 innings when the eighth inning began.

Rookie Gabby Guerrero saved them. He drove an opposite field home run, his first major league homer. It was the only run the Reds scored in a 5-1 loss to the miserable Miami Marlins.

And during this dearth of offense, things are slipping away from Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett, and they probably are gone for Suarez.

For most of the season Suarez led the National League in RBI, and still led when he reached 100. That was September 3. Since then he has driven in one run in his last 18 games. He has fallen behind Javier Baez, Jesus Aguilar and Nolan Arenado.

Gennett led the National League in batting average for most of the season, but has fallen behind the scorching bat of Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich. Gennett was 1 for 4 Saturday and is hitting .316. Yelich is hitting .319.

And there are others waving feeble wood these days. Tucker Barnhart had an infield hit Saturday, but is 2 for 24 and is hitting .243. Joey Votto had a hit Saturday, ending a 0 for 12 slide and is hitting .284.

Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was in strikeout mode Saturday, striking out five of the first six Marlins he faced. And he struck out 10 on the night.

But those 10 came in only 5 2/3 innings and he was his biggest detractor.

It was 0-0 after three and he struck out the first batting in the fourth. Then J.T. Realmuto hit a high chopper right to DeSclafani. But he booted it for an error, one of two errors he made that inning.

He struck out the next hitter, the second out. But he issued his first walk and Lewis Brinson singled for a run. Rookie Austin Dean lobbed a single to right field and it was 2-0.

He gave up a leadoff double in the sixth to Realmuto a single to left field off diving shortstop Jose Peraza’s glove to score Realmuto. With two outs he gave up a two-run homer to Dean, the 23rd home run he has given up this year, for a 5-0 Marlins lead.

The Reds had one hit through five innings against Miami starter Jose Urena. And he retired the first two in the sixth. But he pulled something in his leg and tried to stay in.

Peraza and Votto promptly singles and manager Don Mattingly pulled Urena. Jalin Garcia came in and retired Eugenio Suarez on one pitch, a weak pop-up.

It was the Reds last legitimate chance, although they put two on with two out in the ninth before pinch-hitter Curt Casali grounded out to end it.

They’ve lost 90 or more four straight years and with six games left can surpass the 94 losses attained last year and the year before. However, they can’t lose 98, the number they lost four seasons ago.

2 thoughts on “Reds reach 90 losses fourth straight year

  • September 22, 2018 at 11:27 pm
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    Congrats Bob!!!! Since winning World Championships so far is looking like a huge lie!! Please sell to someone legit that will get this team what it needs to win again.. Losing should suck and Never be accepted. Sadly every year he says he is excited for his team. What a joke!!–lousy development of young pitching, can’t make a trade to help His team get to the next level and now he is a fan of a manager who’s team mostly quit on after the all-star break!!! If they only focused on the team like they do the so called fan experience at the ball park and Reds fest, this city might have a championship by now!!! There better be some huge changes and firing the bullpen catcher is not on the list to fix anytbing!!. If the Bengals pull off winning a super bowl and FC Cincinnati continues dominating soccer and wins a championship, do the Reds ownership think fans will still buy tickets to watch more non fun 90 losing game season tickets??? I would think somebody should be losing thier job!! I havent gone to a game in 2 seasons because im not buying the koolaid they are serving!!!

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  • September 23, 2018 at 10:06 pm
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    Something is wrong with their pitching development on the lower levels. They have drafted all these ” can’t miss ” youngsters who mostly “can’t make” the big league transition. There’s something wrong with the system. When are they going to release Homer Bailey? Sure he has 2 no no’s in his history. But that’s all he has. Please Cincy management drop this dud. Prove you want a real winner. Also hire a proven winner of a manager.

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