Not only did Cincinnati fail to score a single run against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, but Arizona pitcher Josh Collmenter held the Reds to just three hits in the game, facing the bare minimum number of batters – 27.
Though the Reds have dealt with their fair share of injuries this year, all but Joey Votto are back in a line-up that on paper appears offensively strong with the likes of Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips on board. However Cincinnati has lost five of its last six games and has slipped to fourth place in the National League Central, eight games behind the division leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Reds manager Bryan Price is in his first year at the helm, replacing Dusty Baker who managed to take the team to the postseason, but failed to get them past the first round. Clearly the pressure is on Price to get the team back on track as he expressed his feelings after the game Thursday.
“We know these guys are grinding and it’s frustrating. Everyone is frustrated. There is not a lack of effort by any means. There is a lack of results.”
Cincinnati faces Arizona again on Friday night with Mike Leake on the mound, matching up against former Reds’ pitcher Bronson Arroyo.