Tony Cingrani would like to have two pitches to Scott Van Slyke back.
The son of former rival, Andy Van Slyke (Pittsburgh 80's and 90's), homered twice to drive in a total of four runs. That happened to be the margin of defeat for the Reds in a 6-2 loss.
It is possibly the last start for Cingrani, who has an ERA of over six since coming off the disabled list on May 18. All five of his starts since, resulted in Reds' losses.
"The hiccup after coming off the DL is not having that shutdown inning when he's near his pitch count," Price said. "He's scuffling. I know he's frustrated."
Mat Latos threw 81 pitches and allowed just one run into the sixth inning of his rehab start in Pawtucket. Price wanted to be sure he could throw 90-100 pitches before he would be activated. Rains forced him to stop at 81. He threw 19 more under the stands. It is likely to be Latos final test before activation.
"Latos felt good," Price said. "They had rain but he was able to get his pitches in. I think we can safely anticipate he will make his next start here.
As for Cingrani, it appears he will be sent to Louisville to get straightened out.
"The tough thing is, when Mat comes off the disabled list, we have 13 major league pitchers for 12 spots," Price said. "It's not to say Tony won't be in the mix. We have tough choices to make."
Cingrani denied Latos return put extra pressure on him.
"I'm just trying to go out there and win ballgames," Cingrani said. "It's a hard game. I'm just frustrated. I gave Van Slyke a pitch to hit."
Van Slyke started the scoring in the second, leading off the inning with a long home run.
Zack Cozart nearly one-upped Van Slyke with a bid for a two-run home run that was just foul. Even an umpires review upheld the call on the field. Brayan Pena singled with two outs off Dodgers' starter Dan Haren. It was Pena's first hit in 18 at bats. Cozart shook off the disappointment and dumped a single into rightfield. Haren threw a wild pitch which made an intentional walk to Donald Lutz an easy decision with Cingrani due up. It backfired when Haren threw another wild pitch to allow Pena to score.
Cingrani gave up a double to Matt Kemp, leading off the fourth. A wild pitch put him on third. Working carefully to Van Slyke, Cingrani issued a walk. Former Reds' draftee, Justin Turner, fought off one of Cingrani's better pitchers and hit a bloop over Lutz's head at firstbase. Tim Federowicz hit a sacrifice fly.
Ryan Ludwick's fifth home run off Haren made it 3-2 after four innings.
Cingrani retired the first two batters in the fifth, Chone Figgins on a groundout and Hanley Ramirez on a called third strike. Cingrani battled both Yasiel Puig and Kemp but walked both on some close pitches. That is when Van Slyke hit a 2-2 pitch out of the park.
The Reds hit into inning ending double plays in the sixth and seventh the latter being turned by Turner and Figgins with Billy Hamilton running.
"They (Dodgers) did some things," Price said. "They got a couple double play balls but we didn't put enough pressure on them. We weren't hitting the ball. We were getting walks. We need to get more chances than a couple."
It gets worse for the Reds.
Brandon League walked Todd Frazier to start the eighth. Brandon Phillips singled to center and Jay Bruce walked to load the bases with no one out. Ludwick took a pitch for a ball. Ahead in the count, Ludwick tried to check his swing and hit it softly to League, who turned a 1-2-3 double play. Pena grounded out to end the threat.
"He threw that sinker that looks like a strike," Price said of League's pitch to Ludwick.
Kenley Jansen struck out Ramon Santiago to end the game.