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Slumping Reds strike out 18 times in bat-breaking loss to D-backs

You want to know what type of game it was Monday night for the Cincinnati Reds? Just watch the video above.

There's Jay Bruce — who was 0-for-4 in the game with three strikeouts — breaking his bat over his knee after going down on strikes in the ninth inning of a 1-1 game. Then there's Todd Frazier — who was 0-for-6 in the Reds' 15-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks — breaking his bat against home plate after a called strike two in the 14th inning.

Frazier didn't even strike out on that pitch, or in that at-bat. He later grounded out, an achievement for him in a game in which he struck out four times. To be so upset you break your bat on strike two, that's an indication of how frustrating things were for the Reds.

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Todd Frazier knows frustration. (USA Today)

Todd Frazier knows frustration. (USA Today)

They lost 2-1 in 15 innings, managing just six hits in what was approaching two games' worth of baseball. And they weren't playing a great team either. The Reds struck out 18 times in the game, 10 of them belonging to Bruce, Frazier and lead-off hitter Billy Hamilton (0-6 with 3 Ks), the first three hitters in their lineup. Cincinnati got eight innings of one-run ball from starting pitcher Homer Bailey, but that puny offensive display didn't help him any.


"I can't be critical of the effort, because it's been outstanding. But we're not producing, at all. And we need to," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We can't waste this type of pitching. You can't play a game like that in this ballpark and play 15 innings and score a run. That can't happen."

The Reds have lost nine of the 10 games they've played since the All-Star break and they've scored just 17 runs during that time. They were a game and a half back in the NL Central at the break. Now they're six games back.

So wanting to snap a bat is understandable.

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