Everybody pretty well knew it was coming, it was just a matter of WHEN. And on Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds blasted the Houston Astros 10-0 at Minute Maid Park to hand them their 100th loss of the 2013 season.
Things got rough early for the Astros, as starter Jordan Lyles got tagged for four runs in the top of the first. Three singles put the Reds up 4-0 with just one out. A double play would get them out of the inning, but things would go from bad to worse.
Jonathan Villar opened up the home half of the first with a leadoff single. Everything was golden offensively until he started running. Instead of holding at first, Villar kept running and was easily gunned down at second base.
Zack Cosart, who drove in a pair of runs with a first-inning single, struck again in the third with another RBI single. He would finish the night 2-for-3 and three RBI's to his credit. The then fourth inning happened. After Lyles gave up a single and two walks to load the bases, Jay Bruce brought everyone home with a grand slam. This would give the Reds a 9-0 lead and spell the end of the night for Lyles. He would depart after 3 and 1/3 innings, responsible for nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and three walks.
The Astros just struggled on both sides of the field. The obvious problems on the mound, matched with eight strikeouts and an early bad judgement on the bases left Houston with only five hits. It was a solid night for Reds starter Mike Leake, who cruised through eight innings for his 14th win of the year. He struck out six and was nearly unstoppable, leaving Sean Marshall to sweep up the remains in the ninth.
Houston has now lost suffered three consecutive 100-loss seasons, the most since their expansion debut as the Colt 45's back in 1962. They lost 96 games during their inaugural year before dropping 106 in 2011, and topping that with 107 last year. Manager Bo Porter however, is pushing that number out of his vision.
I don't concern myself with what people are going to say about the number of losses. I concern myself with the men in that clubhouse and how we can continue to get better every day. From a teaching point, that's now how we're going to go about our business every day.
To add more salt on the wound, Chris Carter struck out swinging in the second inning. It was his 200th strikeout of the year, making him only the fourth player in MLB history to do that. Only Mark Reynolds, Adam Dunn, and Drew Stubbs have struck out at least 200 times in a season.
The Astros will try to rebound on Wednesday with the Reds. First pitch from Minute Maid Park is set for 8:10 P.M. Eastern. Brad Peacock (5-5, 5.27 ERA) will take the mound for Houston, as he faces Greg Reynolds (1-2, 5.66 ERA). Peacock looks for his third consecutive win, having given up only three earned runs over his last 13 innings.