Punchless Reds mired in four-game skid

On Sunday it was the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, who took Curtis Partch deep with a walk-off homer to beat the Reds 1-0 in 11 innings. On Monday it was the Padres’ Chris Denorfia, who took Aroldis Chapman deep with a two-run walk-off homer to beat the Reds 2-1.

And yet in both cases, it wasn’t so much the opponent as it was the Reds’ continual lack of run production. Now stuck in a four-game losing streak, Dusty Baker’s club has scored a grand total of four runs in the past four games.

Cincinnati left five runners on base through the first two innings last night. The Reds went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Cesar Izturis, playing second base while Brandon Phillips was given the night off, went 0-for-2 hitting in the No. 2 spot. Izturis is hitting .192, by the way.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Reds again missed a chance at gaining on the division-leading Cardinals, who were blown out 9-2 in Pittsburgh. St. Louis  also has lost four straight, its lead over the Pirates now just a half-game. The two teams meet in a doubleheader tonight in Pittsburgh.

Mat Latos takes the mound tonight in San Diego against his former team. He notched the Reds’ last triumph, a 5-2 win over Los Angeles, last Thursday. Cincinnati has allowed nine runs since then. And gone 0-4.


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