Reds went out of NL wild card with a whimper

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto gives up a home run to Pittsburgh Pirates catcher...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto gives up a home run to Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin (background) in the National League wild card game Tuesday. (CHARLES LeCLAIRE/USA Today)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - It was one and done for the Cincinnati Reds with the emphasis on the done.

It wasn’t just the fact that the Reds lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild-card game on Tuesday as much as how flat and lifeless they looked in doing so. They simply at no point were ever in the game.

Against the Pirates they were out-hit, out-pitched and in the field committed one official error but booted the ball on two other occasions.

With their season on the line, was that the best they could offer up?

Coupled with their shocking departure from the division round last season where the won the first two games in San Francisco and then came home only to be swept in three games by the Giants, you have to ask just what’s wrong with this Reds team that has so much talent but doesn’t seem capable of taking it to the next level.

It certainly wasn’t the way that manager Dusty Baker envisioned his team to bow out.


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