K not Bruce's or Reds' favorite letter at moment

K not Bruce's or Reds' favorite letter at moment

CINCINNATI -- During the past week on the road, the Reds filled their share of the K Korner against the opposition. Cincinnati's hitters racked up double-digit strikeout totals in each of the previous four games entering Monday.

That included a season-high 15 strikeouts on Saturday vs. the Yankees. Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has watched his strikeout total soar of late. During his 1-for-17 stretch, Bruce has struck out 11 times.

"I think as far as my routine and approach, it's been the exact same," Bruce said before Monday's game. "That's why I'm not too worried about it. It's a little combination of not getting a lot to hit and some tough pitches, and I chased a few pitches where I shouldn't have."

Bruce snapped a 0-for-16 skid with an infield single in his final at-bat on Sunday. He entered Monday batting .276 with a team-leading 10 home runs, and his 27 RBIs were second on the club behind Joey Votto's 28.

"When you do get pitched tough like that, you have to focus more on getting a pitch in the zone that you can handle -- regardless of the strike zone," Bruce said. "Stay with what has made me successful."

As much as the Reds have struck out lately, their 329 K's entering the night were only the sixth-highest total in the National League.