Custer's last stand at the Little Bighorn lasted two hours and 25 minutes. The Atlanta Braves took three hours 10 minutes to torture the Reds, 8-0
The Braves ambushed 23-year old David Holmberg and it wasn't the Braves that were wild.
Holmberg gave up five hits, walked four and hit two. He walked the number eight hitter B.J. Upton, celebrating his 30th birthday, to get to the pitcher. Holmberg promptly hit Atlanta starter, Julio Teheran with a pitch to load the bases then walked Jason Heyward to force in a run.
"We were hoping for a few more innings," Price said. "He is a better pitcher than what he's shown here. It seemed like when guys were on base, he tried to reach back a little. Then use his changeup. They figured out pretty quick that he was going to us his change up."
"You never know what guys put on their plate," Price said. "He knows we haven't been winning and wanted to be the guy."
Andrelton Simmons hit a solo home run in the second. The Braves finished off Holmberg with five run third. Holmberg lasted 2 2/3 innings, as he did on his Major League debut on July 8.
"It wasn't what I wanted to do," Holmberg said. "This team has struggled to win games. I wanted to be the guy to win a ballgame. I felt I had better command but the snowball effect took over. Things can snowball pretty quick at this level."
Pedro Villarreal mopped up with 2 1/3 innings after having his contract selected from Louisville this afternoon. He allowed two runs. Villarreal hit a single in his second Major League at-bat in the third inning.
"Villarreal put us in a position where we didn't have to crush our bullpen," Price said.
Logan Ondrusek pitched two hitless, scoreless innings.
The bright spots on the mound came from Aroldis Chapman, who left the game on Sunday with soreness in his shoulder. He entered the first game of that double header in the ninth inning with a five-run lead and walked the four batters he faced in an eventual 10-9 Reds' loss in Colorado. Chapman struck out two in a perfect eighth.
"We had a two-fold reason to use him. We could see that he was alright and if he came out of it we could use him tomorrow. If we used (Jonathan) Broxton, (Jumbo) Diaz or (Sam) LeCure we couldn't have used them because they have worked too many days in a row," Price said.
Skip Schumaker made his fourth appearance on the mound. He walked a batter but allowed no hits in the ninth inning. Schumaker was the first position player to take the mound since Paul Janish in 2009.
"If Skip Schumaker pitching is the bright spot of you game, it says a lot about your game. That being said. He did it like he does everything else, with intensity. He didn't want to give up a run," Price said.
It was the 11th time the Reds have been shutout, equaling last season's total.