CINCINNATI -- While he wasn't saddled with the loss on Tuesday night, Nick Masset's rough outing proved to be the difference in the Reds' 8-6 loss to the Mets. In two-thirds of an inning, Masset allowed two earned runs on four hits and a walk. Entering in the top of the seventh, Masset walked Carlos Beltran and gave up a couple singles up the middle. After a mound visit, the reliever retired a pair but also surrendered two more hits, and another run. Masset said Wednesday that he actually felt good on the mound, that he hit his spots and was simply unlucky. Regardless, he has struggled of late, giving up two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning on Friday night and allowing a hit to the only batter he faced on Sunday.
"Things just haven't been going my way," Masset said. "Last night, for instance, three balls hit the hole, one ball was off the end of the bat. It's not like I've been walking a lot of guys." Actually, Masset's walk rate is only mediocre. Including Beltran's walk on Tuesday, Masset has issued 3.12 free passes per nine innings this month, putting him eighth out of 14 among Reds pitchers. Masset pointed out the obvious challenge of being a reliever -- he only gets one inning, and failures are magnified. But he also pointed out the other side of the coin. Unlike a starter, he can redeem a poor effort a day or two later. "You've got to have amnesia in this game," he said. "You've got to forget about it, move on, learn from it and not put too much pressure on yourself."