Offense shut out in loss to Atlanta Braves

The Cincinnati Reds have posted a .500 record this season, so splitting a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves wasn't out of the ordinary. Still, there was an element of disappointment this weekend. 

All four starting pitchers went at least six innings. The bullpen allowed two earned runs in 11 innings despite losing Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone to injuries. There were defensive highlights. 

Despite the positives, the Reds ended the weekend with a 4-0 loss at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, splitting the four-game set. The offense was shut out for the eighth time this season and held to two hits. 

"This was a big game to win to split this series," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "This is a good team, man. They've done a great job here, I think. Some of their young guys, their draft picks, two of their four starters were young guys. This team is going in the right direction, I'll tell you that. It's a tough club."

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) turns to the dugout after striking out with runners on third and second in the third inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The Braves led 2-0 in the fourth inning.

It's easy to see the potential. The offense, not counting Sunday, has been one of the best in the National League this season. The starting rotation has posted a 3.15 ERA in June, igniting their solid month. 

Reds pitchers didn’t allow more than four runs in any of their games against the Braves – not an easy feat on hot, muggy days at GABP – but it still amounted to a series split.

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