Final R H E
Philadelphia Phillies  (25-35)
5 11 0
Cincinnati Reds  (28-32)
6 6 0
W: A. Simon (8-3)   L: R. Hernandez (2-4)   S: A. Chapman (8)
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The Good

Devin Mesoraco. Rock made two outstanding defensive plays at home plate, the second as Carlos Ruiz raced toward home with what would have been the tying run, had Rock not made a terrific tag catching the ball just as Ruiz appeared to race by him.

Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier both homered today, the former’s first home run in 25 games and his 100th home run in GABP.

Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th inning, respectively.

The Bad

J.J. Hoover. The home run Hoover gave up barely got out of the park, but they all count. Hoover has had a number of good outings coming into today. It will be interesting to see how he reacts in his next appearance.

The Ugly

Nothing. 

Not so random thoughts …

Thanks to some good starting pitching, exceptional defense–something Reds fans take for granted in Cincinnati–and the wake-up call the bats received this morning, the Reds were able to outlast some shaky relief.

Todd Frazier continues to be a shining light for this team, not just on defense, but on offense as well. Pitchers figured him out last year and I had my doubts that he could make a significant adjustment. He’s done that and more.

The Daily Billy: We got a nice look at Hamilton’s defensive prowess today, specifically his arm, as he was part of two fine relay plays that cut down runners at the plate. He did his usual stuff on the base paths, leading to the Reds first run. He even had a sac fly.

My Knob Creek Player of the Game: The Rock. Devin Mesoraco. He protected home plate today reminiscent of old #5. Amirite?