MIAMI -- The final road trip of the season was a trying one for the Reds, which concluded their 10-game swing with a 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Sunday afternoon and dropping three of four to the Fish at Marlins Park.The Reds went 3-7 and were shut out five
MIAMI -- The final road trip of the season was a trying one for the Reds, which concluded their 10-game swing with a 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Sunday afternoon and dropping three of four to the Fish at Marlins Park.
The Reds went 3-7 and were shut out five times -- scoring a total of 12 runs -- in the culmination of a road schedule that produced just eight wins over the last 33 games away from Great American Ball Park.
"We've certainly got to do better than that," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We've got to play better at home, also. But the road situation has really hurt us."
The Reds wrap up the season with a five-game homestand vs. the Royals and Pirates.
"It'll be good to get home," said Riggleman prior to the loss. "It's been a long trip. Hopefully we'll be a little energized when we get home and start swinging the bats a little better."
Cincinnati lost five of seven games this year to the Marlins and last won a season series from them in 2014.
Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen (3-2) was hoping to impress in his second consecutive start after beginning the season with 42 relief appearances. But the 26-year-old was in trouble throughout all four innings he pitched.
Lorenzen was touched up for four runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by Chad Wallach. He walked two and did not record a strikeout.
Prior to his Tuesday start in Milwaukee, Lorenzen hadn't started a game since Sept. 16, 2015. He gave up just one hit and one unearned run over four innings against the Brewers, but he could not recreate that effort on Sunday at Marlins Park, where he is 0-2 lifetime in four appearances, including two starts.
"Looking back, I threw too much of a reliever's mix at these guys," he said. "My changeup, I didn't rely on it enough. My curveball, I didn't rely on it enough. I didn't get it over for a strike for the first couple, but I think I gave up on it a little too soon. That's a learning experience for me.
"You can't just go out there with a reliever's mix. You have to have different pitches and different speeds. Yeah, if I could do it all over again, that's definitely what I learned from [the start]."
The latest scuffle left Lorenzen's role with the club uncertain heading into 2019.
"Whether he's a starter or reliever in the future is to be determined, based on what other starters we have in the rotation next year and where he best fits," Riggleman said of Lorenzen's future role with the club. "He's been an integral part of the pitching staff."
Marlins starter Trevor Richards (4-9) earned his first win since July 14 and limited the Reds to three singles while striking out nine over seven innings after posting an 11.12 ERA in his first three starts of September.
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With the game still in doubt and runners on first and second, Lorenzen was looking to escape the third-inning jam. With two outs, he made the wrong pitch to Wallach and the Marlins' catcher belted a three-run homer. Wallach caught Lorenzen when the two played at Cal State Fullerton together, and in his time with the Reds in 2017.
"Wallach kind of threw the knockout punch and got me with it," Lorenzen said. "It was just a cutter. I was trying to go away with it and it just stayed elevated. Chad's caught me for a while, I'm sure he kind of knew that I was throwing a cutter there. I just kind of gave it to him right where he was looking for it."
Scooter Gennett went 1-for-4 as his batting average dipped to .314 as he battles Milwaukee's Christian Yelich for the National League batting title. Yelich went 2-for-3 on Sunday to increase his league-leading average to .322. Gennett's first-inning single was his 180th hit for the season, extending his single-season career high. He is the first Reds player to reach 180 hits since Joey Votto had 181 hits in 2016.
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Billy Hamilton had the day off, but the defense in center field remained stellar. September callup Gabriel Guerrero got the start in center and made a pair of sliding grabs to save hits. He came in hard and robbed Peter O'Brien with a sliding grab with one out in the third inning.
Guerrero slightly overran a fly ball by Brian Anderson in the sixth inning, but he made a last-second adjustment to save another hit.
HE SAID IT
"Today was just a bad ballgame. It's a shame to end a road trip on a bad note. But we didn't play good. None of it worked today." -- Riggleman
The Reds are off on Monday before opening up a five-game homestand at Great American Ball Park to close the 2018 season. Matt Harvey gets the nod on Tuesday in the first game of a two-game Interleague set with the Royals. He is 0-1 lifetime against Kansas City, having dropped a 4-3 game to the Royals while pitching with the Mets in 2016. The Royals counter with left-hander Erik Skoglund, who will be making his first appearance against Cincinnati. Skoglund is 1-5 and hasn't won since April 28 against the White Sox.
** Glenn Sattell ** is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.