Reds: For the birds

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 25: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds fields a ball hit to center field in the second inning against the Washington Nationals as a pair of pigeons fly by at Great American Ball Park on July 25, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Final: National 4 Reds 1 Boxscore 

The beat goes on. One week ago the Reds were 1.5 games out of first place and riding the momentum of winning 8 of 11. One week later they are in a free fall, losers of a season high seven straight games. 

T4: Zach Walters RBI 2B, 1-0 Nats
T4: Denard Spahn RBI 1B, 2-0 Nats
T4: Anthony Rendon RBI 1B, 3-0 Nats
B4: Ryan Ludwick RBI 1B, 3-1 Nats
B5: Adam LaRoche RBI 1B, 4-1 Nats

*7 straight losses, longest streak since 2009.
*Record 51-51....first time at .500 since June 24.
*Reds last win was 13 days ago.
*Mets scored 3 in 9th to beat Milwaukee, Reds remain 6 games out.
*21st time scoring 1 run or fewer this year.
*Reds have lost 9 of 12 overall.......9 of 11 since Phillips injury.
*Have started 2nd half with at least 7 straight losses for first time since 1991 (0-8).
*4 hits, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 for 4 RISP.
*Reds last 7 games: 13 runs, 60 K and 10 BB, 39 for 222 (.175), 3 for 44 w/RISP.
*Reds 3-4-5 hitters (Frazier-Ludwick-Bruce) 1 for 11, 6 K.
*Billy Hamilton's 4th inning leadoff 1B broke up perfect game.
*Billy SB 41.
*Ludwick's RBI-single was the 900th hit of ML career.
*Jay Bruce 0-4, now  10 for 66 (.151) in July.
*Skip Schumaker error/Pena didn't stop a throw to 1B.
*9 errors last 11 games.
*Non quality start from pitchers in 6 of last 7 starts.
*77th homerless game in history of GABP.

Starting pitcher
Alfredo Simon: 4.1 IN, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 89 pitches/59 strikes
Last start 2 starts, 9.1 IN, 14 hits, 169 pitches....0 QS.
QS in 16 of 1st 18 starts.
Simon: 1,880 pitches so far this year.
Simon: 1,318 pitches in 2013.

4.2 IN, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K, 2 BB

JJ Hoover, 5th: got out 2 on/1out jam. Allowed H/BB/R in 6th.
Sam LeCure, 7th:  2 K
Curtis Partch, 8th: H, BB
Carlos Contreras, 9th: 1-2-3, 2 K