The Cincinnati Reds are hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in an intraleague matchup this week and have been held to one run in the first two games, both losses. Dodgers starters Derek Lowe and Chad Billingsley have both held the Reds lineup at bay with wins of 6-1 and 3-1 respectively. Our friend and Reds beat writer John Fay has all the pertinent Dusty Baker quotes to fully explain the power outage:
"It's disheartening to score one run," Baker said. "It's hard to win with one, unless you get a shutout."
Oh man, Dusty nailed that one. It's so true! You really can't win games when scoring one run! Unless you shut the other fellers out! Dusty Baker Wisdom!
John, tell us more about the Reds latest slump.
The Reds are hitting .179 on the homestand and have scored a total of 17 runs in the eight games. The Reds had only one fewer hits (sic) than the Dodgers. But the Reds were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers were 3-for-8. The Reds are 3-for-46 (.065) with RISP on the homestand.
Oh man, what's Dusty gonna say about that?
"We got plenty of hits," Baker said. "This last week we haven't been hitting with runners in scoring position and runners on base. That's the name of the game."
That really is the name of the game. Hittingwithrunnersinscoringpositionandrunnersonbaseball. Oh, it's also hard to score runs when your leadoff hitter goes 1-for-5 and has a .226 OBP.