Tribe Win Streak Comes to an End; Three Takeaways from 5-1 Loss to Reds
The Cleveland Indians followed up a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 loss on the road to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Interleague play has not been kind to the Tribe early on this season, as Cleveland is 0-4 on the road against National League opponents, but there's obviously quite a bit of baseball to be played.
Here are three takeaways from the loss.
1. Scott Feldman Stifles Tribe
Reds right hander Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.99) had one of his best starts in recent memory, striking out nine Indians over six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, walking two.
The Tribe erupted for eight runs Sunday afternoon, but the bats didn't have it at Great American Ballpark.
Interestingly enough, one of the only four Indians to record a hit off Feldman was starting pitcher Josh Tomlin.
Among the few positives from the offense, Michael Brantley extended his hit streak to seven games and has been as consistent as ever when it comes to getting on base.
Francisco Lindor stretched his hit streak to eight games, along with Jason Kipnis, who hit a solo shot in the fourth. It's safe to say the top of the lineup (1 through 3) has not been a big problem of late.
2. Tomlin Gets Off to Rocky Start
It wasn't a horrendous outing for Tomlin, but he allowed two runs in the first two innings.
He settled down in the middle innings and may have run out of gas in the seventh, surrendering three more (two earned).
Ultimately, at least he was able to go 6.1 innings and save the bullpen again, but with the loss, he falls to 2-6 on the season (a record that does not indicate how well he's pitched, at times, this season).
Tomlin now owns a 6.70 ERA, which is highly inflated from two atrocious starts early in the year.
3. Reds Lineup Impresses Again
The Cincinnati Reds got out to a scorching hot start to the season, but have fallen back to Earth in recent weeks.
However, their lineup has been consistent all year, especially in the top half of the order.
Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a run scored and now has 32 runs and 23 stolen bases in only 41 games.
Zack Cosart entered the day fourth in the National League in batting average (.348) and went 1-for-4, driving in two runs.
Joey Votto (.293) is hitting like he did a few years ago, and went 1-for-4 with a double on the day.
Adam Duvall drove in a run, but even some of the bottom hitters in the lineup had a big day.
Scott Schebler belted a solo shot - his 13th home run of the year - and Tucker Barnhart went 2-for-3 with a double.
The Reds were expected to have a rough season and their pitching staff is starting to look more like people envisioned, but their offense is not a fluke and it's good enough to keep them in a lot of games this year.