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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reds Lose Sixth Straight After Leading By Four

A.J. Pollack's two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning broke Burke Badenhop's career-high, 20 game, 19 inning scoreless streak; three games short of J.J. Hoover's team record.

Pollack's fourth hit of the game gave Arizona the 5-4 win.

Jason Bourgeios had ample chance to improve his baserunning skills.

Bougeois had a "brain fart" that cost the Reds at least a chance to score last night by being thrown out when an infield fly hit the turf against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night.

"That was a mental mistake I made that can’t happen," Bourgeois confessed Thursday afternoon. "I started down the line. Halfway down, I realized, ‘What am I doing?’ That’s something that won’t happen again.”

He obviously knows rule.

“I know the rule. I just had a brain fart. I feel terrible about it. You just have to wipe it off and get back at it today," Bourgeois said.

To his credit, he owned the mistake and true to his word was in the same situation in the first inning on Thursday.  This time, Bruce's fly traveled far enough for the centerfield replacement for Billy Hamilton to score the Reds' first run off Diamondback's starter Patrick Corbin.

Bourgeois reached base three times on Wednesday, an overlooked positive in a game overshadowed by not only the botched infield fly but also by his getting picked off ahead of back-to-back home runs by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.

Thursday's game was Eugenio Suarez' turn to illustrate textbook poor baserunning.

Suarez followed Bourgeois' first inning leadoff single with a single of his own. Todd Frazier's ground single loaded the bases as the speedy Bourgeois was held at third by Jim Riggleman.  Bourgeois easily scored ahead of Inder Inciarte's throw home but Suarez committed the sin of making the final out of the inning at thirdbase.
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The Reds continued the assault on Corbin.

Skip Schumaker doubled to open the inning. Tucker Barnhart singled to plate Schumaker. Bourgeois tripled to deep center and scored on a single by Suarez.  Votto doubled down the leftfield line. Suarez was thrown out on a play close enough for the Reds to ask for a review. The call stood and Suarez was out on an aggressive play that can easily be justified.

Rookie John Lamb shut down the Diamondbacks for four innings. Chris Owings hit a long home run leading off the fifth. Inciarte doubled with two outs and scored on A.J. Pollock's single.

Three straight one-out singles in the sixth caused the termination of Lamb's night.  Aaron Hill, Yasmany Tomas and Owings' third hit of the game pulled the Diamondbacks withing a run. Ryan Mattheus replaced Lamb. He got the required two outs to preserve the lead.

Josh Collmenter held the Reds over three perfect innings.

Andrew Chafin, David Hernandez and Daniel Hudson also kept the Reds off the scoreboard. Hudson pitched out of a first and second jam with no outs.

Brad Ziegler earned his 20th straight save.

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