|New York Mets (86-67)||6||<b12||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (63-89)||4||11||0|
|W: Goeddel (1-1) L: Parra (1-2) S: Familia (42)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Four Reds had two hits: Ivan DeJesus Jr. (2-5, run scored), Joey Votto (2-3, walk), Brandon Phillips (2-4, 2 RBI), Eugenio Suarez (2-4, double, run scored). Jay Bruce hit his 26th homer.
–Michael Lorenzen, Burke Badenhop, Sam LeCure, and Jumbo Diaz didn’t give up any runs in relief. Unfortunately, the Reds used one additional reliever, who was less than perfect (see below).
–Diaz struck out the side in the ninth.
–One loss away from 90.
–Josh Smith started and gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. All three came in the third inning.
–After the Reds rallied to tie the game, Manny Parra entered the game in the top of the seventh inning. Parra gave up three runs on four hits in only two-thirds of an inning. Not his best outing, but never fear: he’s probably in line for a two-year contract anyway.
–Let’s welcome our precious Redlegs back to Cincinnati.
–Some guy won that Toyota Tundra at the stadium on the Jay Bruce homer. First time that’s happened, but then, they just changed the rules on that, evidently.
—Our friend Joel Luckhaupt notes that tonight was the 100th time Votto has reached safely at least twice in a game this season. That’s five games short of the Reds franchise record…which is already held by Votto.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.