Reds just can't solve the Astros at GABP

[Box Score]

Even though the Reds didn’t get beat by Roy Oswalt by definition, the fact that he held them to one run in his outing monday night meant another loss for the Reds. You just knew that this game was a dead game for the Reds and with a Lance Berkman homer added to the all-time ass kicking, the Reds have dropped 15 out of the last 16 against the ‘Stros at GABP and 10 in a row.

It’s absolutely mind wracking how this could happen. Edwin Encarnacion continues to not hit. Brandon Phillips continues to be a nightly 0’fer at the plate. Joey Votto of course provided Cincinnati with their only offensive output of the night, a 2-out RBI single that tied the game at 1 until the 9th inning.

Johnny Cueto was nothing short of magnificent for the second straight outing, going 7 innings and striking out 5, only allowing one walk and one earned run. Closer Coco Cordero, brought into the ninth inning of a tie game, gave up three straight hits and three runs and the Reds lost the game by a final of 4-1.

Things don’t figure to get any easier tonight and tomorrow’s season chronicle post probably will be in the same kind of mood. Wandy Rodriguez will be on the mound for the Astros, and being a decent lefty with some velocity he should have success against the Reds tonight. The last time he pitched against the Reds he struck out 10 for only the second time in his career.

They’re the Astros and they dominate us. It’s just part of life. Which is why we’ll always hate the Astros above every other team in the league.