MILWAUKEE -- With his team struggling on offense during a losing streak to open the second half, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price opted to juggle his lineup Wednesday, moving third baseman Todd Frazier back into the No. 2 spot.
"We're hitting .186 the last five games," Price said before Cincinnati dropped its sixth consecutive game, falling 5-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. "It's a small sample size, but it is indicative of a team that hasn't done much offensively coming out of the All-Star break. I don't mind being a little bit more creative."
The rationale behind the move was to take advantage of leadoff man Billy Hamilton, whose speed (40 stolen bases) might create better opportunities for Frazier, who was hitting .296 this season when batting second.
"If he's on and they want to throw me a fastball to try to get ahead so he doesn't steal, that's fine with me," Frazier said.
Ultimately, Price would like to get Frazier back into the middle of the order, but with both first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips on the disabled list for the foreseeable future, a change was necessary.
"We've got nothing to lose by doing a little bit of a lineup shuffle and see if we can get some things going," Price said.
Frazier went 1-for-4 Wednesday.
STREAK: Lost six
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--CF Billy Hamilton gave the Reds 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, scoring 2B Skip Schumaker. Hamilton is third in the National League with sixth sac flies this season.
--RHP Mike Leake allowed a season-high 11 hits but held the Brewers to four runs over six innings while striking out four. He has allowed four earned runs in each of his past three appearances.
--3B Todd Frazier was moved back into the No. 2 spot in manager Bryan Price's lineup Wednesday. Pryce said he made the move to take advantage of leadoff man Billy Hamilton's speed, which might create more opportunities for Frazier, who was hitting .296 when batting second this season. Frazier went 1-for-4 Wednesday.
--RHP Jumbo Diaz allowed a solo home run to Brewers 1B Mark Reynolds on Wednesday, strapping a string of eight consecutive scoreless appearances. Since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on June 20, Diaz has allowed five earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Anybody that watched our six games on this road trip would understand that we're not playing as we were leading into the break. We're not scoring a lot of runs. We're not getting terribly efficient starting pitching. We know that we're a better club than we've represented here in the last six games." -- Manager Bryce Price, after the Reds fell to 0-6 following the All-Star break with a 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
--SS Zack Cozart (sore right) left the July 22 game, and he didn't play July 23. X-rays were negative, and he is day-to-day.
--RHP Logan Ondrusek (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 13. He was shut down from throwing until at least July 25, when he will be re-evaluated.
--2B Brandon Phillips (torn ligaments in left thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 10. He had surgery July 11, and he will be out until at least late August.
--1B Joey Votto (strained left distal quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6. He underwent a second round of platelet-rich plasma injections July 21.
--INF Jack Hannahan (right shoulder surgery in October 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. His shoulder flared up during extended spring training. He was hitting off a tee in early May. After a couple of setbacks, he was throwing again as of June 21. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Dayton on July 8 and was 4-for-12 in four games before moving up to Triple-A Louisville, where he began his assignment July 17.
--LHP Sean Marshall (left shoulder soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 11, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 20. He underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery June 24.
--RHP Trevor Bell (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list April 8, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 20. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on June 6, but he was shut down after that one outing. He likely will undergo Tommy John surgery.
RHP Johnny Cueto
RHP Homer Bailey
RHP Mike Leake
RHP Alfredo Simon
RHP Mat Latos
LHP Aroldis Chapman (closer)
RHP Jonathan Broxton
RHP J.J. Hoover
RHP Sam LeCure
RHP Curtis Partch
LHP Manny Parra
RHP Jumbo Diaz
RHP Carlos Contreras
1B/C Brayan Pena
2B Ramon Santiago
SS Zack Cozart
3B Todd Frazier
INF Kristopher Negron
INF/OF Skip Schumaker
LF Ryan Ludwick
CF Billy Hamilton
RF Jay Bruce
OF Chris Heisey
INF/OF Donald Lutz
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