Cincinnati Cyclones End Playoff Run, Reds Notch Another Loss in Bad Night for Cincy Sports

The rain mirrored our feelings.

click to enlarge It will be a while before PuckChop takes the ice at Heritage Bank Center again. - Photo: Allison Babka
Photo: Allison Babka
It will be a while before PuckChop takes the ice at Heritage Bank Center again.

It already was storming in Cincinnati on May 3. Why not add a little more melancholy to the mix?

Tuesday was a bummer of a day of Cincinnati sports fans, with losses from both the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Reds lowered their season record to 3-20, while the Cyclones ended their latest run at the Kelly Cup.

Despite some good offense from two veterans, the Cincinnati Reds lost 6-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on Tuesday. Left fielder Tommy Pham knocked in a home run, double and single, while third baseman Mike Moustakas had a homer, a double and two RBIs against his old team. Reds starter Tyler Mahle fell to 1-4 on the season with a 7.01 ERA and was yanked after a little more than three innings.

Longtime first baseman and new social media darling Joey Votto was placed on the COVID injured list ahead of the May 3 game in Milwaukee. Votto, who has just a .122 average in 74 at-bats, has not yet tested positive for COVID-19, officials say, but he has shown symptoms.

"He hasn’t tested positive for COVID, but we’re precautionary as far as being able to put him on that COVID IL, which is really a day-to-day thing until we know more," Reds manager David Bell told reporters. Major League Baseball has 7-day, 10-day, 15-day and 60-day injury lists for typical impairments, but the COVID injury list has no required duration. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that those who test negative but have symptoms stay home and away from others, wear a mask when separating from others is impossible, and continue to test until symptoms clear.

The Reds now have lost seven games in a row, have MLB's worst current record and own the franchise's record for its worst start to a season. The team won games only on April 7 and April 10 in Atlanta against the Braves as well as on April 24 when hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati had an 11-game stretch of losses between the Braves and Cardinals wins, and now the Reds are in a seven-game funk as they continue the series with the Brewers. The Reds have been swept in five of their seven series thus far.

The team continues to get backlash from fans who feel the Reds' owner and front office aren't doing enough to win, with one person even saying they wanted to "defecate in the bed of the Toyota Tundra" that's on display at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.
The Cincinnati Cyclones have fared better than the Reds in their season and in their Kelly Cup playoff run, but the team's efforts weren't quite good enough Tuesday.

On May 3, the Cyclones entered the final game of the ECHL semi-finals for the Central division tied 3-3 with the Toledo Walleye, each looking to take the best-of-seven series. Ultimately, though, the 'Clones fell to the Walleye 4-2, ending Cincinnati's hopes for the Kelly Cup. Toledo will advance to the Central Division finals against the Wheeling Nailers in a series that begins May 6.

It has been three years since Cincinnati last saw Kelly Cup playoff action, plus it's the team's first campaign with head coach Jason Payne at the helm. The 'Clones have been crowned Kelly Cup champs twice in their history. 

The Cyclones hit home ice in October for the first time in about a year and a half after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the end of the 2019-2020 season and the Cyclones opted out of the 2020-2021 season. The team finished the 2021-2022 regular season on April 16 with a 36-32-3-1 record. 

The Cyclones' schedule for the 2022-2023 season has not yet been announced.

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