Ohio bragging rights are at stake as the Indians and Reds square off this week, and so far Cincinnati manager Bryan Price isn’t too impressed with his team’s effort.
The Reds got smacked around 7-1 in the first game of the series and Price had some pointed remarks about the loss when he spoke to the media afterward (via cincinnati.com):
“What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was that we didn’t have our head in the game at all, especially in the first five innings,” Price said afterward. “We had two guys who didn’t remember how many outs there were, we had a pitcher that didn’t cover first base on a ground ball to the right side. We had five base runners in the first three innings, and with that three-run homer, it seemed like the game was over.
“We did rally a bit and come to life a bit in the last couple of innings offensively and with a little bit of energy in the dugout, but it was unacceptable. We haven’t done that much this year, but what happened tonight was unacceptable from an effort and mental perspective, it’s not the way we play, it’s not the way we’ll play again. But we need a lot better than that.”
I mean if you can’t get pumped up to win the Ohio Cup, what can you get pumped up for? Check the Reds for a pulse, I think they might have expired.