By: Zane Miller
The Reds have started out the first half of May with a 6-6 record, for a total record of 18-23 on the season so far, good for last place in the NL Central division.
“I think it’s a nice stretch that we just had,” Reds catcher Curt Casali said. “We’ve got more in the tank. We’re trending upward. I think that should give at least people from the outside some confidence and optimism because we still have optimism in this room. We’re a confident bunch.”
The team started out the month with a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets on the road on May 1st, before taking a 1-0 loss against the Mets on May 2nd to finish out the series. The Reds then headed home to face the San Francisco Giants in a four-game series, which the Giants took the first game of 12-11 on May 3rd, rebounding from an eight-run deficit early in the game. However, the Reds bounced back on the 4th with a 9-2 win, before falling behind in the series once again with the Giants claiming a 6-5 victory on the 5th. The team salvaged a series split on the 6th with a 12-4 victory, before heading across to the West Coast to take on the Oakland Athletics.
In the series against the Athletics beginning on May 7th, the team lost 2-0 before following it up with a 5-4 loss on the 8th. However, the team came back on the 9th to salvage a game in the series with a 3-0 victory. The team continued their road trip in a three-game set against the Giants, which saw them win 7-0 on the 10th, then winning again 5-4 on the 11th to claim the series. However, the series would conclude on a sour note with the Giants winning it 6-5 on the 12th.
The team will next play to finish a three-game home set against the Chicago Cubs.