CHICAGO -- Hoping it's just a blip on the radar during a 162-game schedule, the Cincinnati Reds are looking for their offense.
The Reds set a season high for consecutive defeat with five in a row after Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Cubs. While being swept in a three-game series at Milwaukee, the Reds scored just six runs and went 1-for-14 (.071) with runners in scoring position, stranding 20 baserunners.
The woes continued in Thursday's game, in which the Reds went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.
They are still playing without injured star first baseman Joey Votto, and veteran Scott Rolen is now being termed "day to day" with "soreness" according to Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Still, neither Baker nor his team see the stale offense as an issue just yet.
"You go through periods like that," Baker said. "Some of that is we had opportunities with runners in scoring position and didn't get the hit, some of that is who you have in the lineup to replace [injured regulars], and then there were two big games in there that were well-pitched games against us. That has everything to do with scoring
runs, the kind of quality pitching you have against you."
Drew Stubbs, who went 1-for-9 in the Brewers series and 0-for-4 in the opener vs. the Cubs, agreed about the pitching the Reds have faced.
"I think you've got to credit the Brewers' pitching staff and what they did," Stubbs said. "They were very resilient and kept our runs to a minimum and put themselves in position to win the games. We've just got to keep at it. You just stick to your routine and what's got you
here so far and let things work themselves out."