Reds 5, Cardinals 1
You know what I don't understand? For all of you who thought ninth-grade algebra, good point. But what I was going to say is how someone can be alternately so bad and so good like Kyle Lohse. Lohse pitched 8 1/3 great innings Thursday to beat the Cardinals 5-1.
He's 2-1 with a 1.54 ERA over his last three starts. Over the previous three starts, he was 0-3 with a 15.30 ERA. So he's been 10 times better lately. Same guy, same arm, same stuff, completely different results. Puzzling.
“It's in there,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “Stuff-wise, he's as good as anybody. We really feel like the worst is behind him and he’s going to continue to pitch well.”
A video session with pitching coach Dick Pole started the turnaround.
“It wasn't anything major,” Lohse said. “It just looked like I wasn't being aggressive. I was falling off, trying to be a little too fine.”
If nothing else, Lohse is becoming a very attractive chip to trade at the deadline.
The Reds finished the three-city, nine-game road trip 4-5 -- not bad overall, but semi-awful when you consider they won the first two games of it.
“For the most part, we've played well on this road trip,” Narron said. “We could had a couple more wins but we couldn’t nail them down.”
That's why that loss in Colorado Sunday still stings.