Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (51-36)
2 6 1
Cincinnati Reds (44-41)
4 10 1
W: Alfredo Simon (11-3)   L: Kyle Lohse (9-3)   S: Chapman (17)
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This recap comes courtesy of the Conley Bottom Resort at Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Ky. I am immensely pleased to be back in the Commonwealth for the first time this baseball season.

The Good

It was the Alfredo Simon and Billy Hamilton show tonight. Simon went 7.1 innings, surrendering 6 hits and 2 runs along with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He got out of a major jam in the 7th inning, before being lifted in the 8th for Jonathon Broxton. Hamilton slipped the surly bonds of earth in the 3rd inning, his 5th HR of the season.

Joey Votto doubled to deep left tonight, to drive in the Reds 4th run of the evening, disproving rumors of his imminent demise. If you are a disciple of GAR (Grit Above Replacement), you know Skip Schumaker had his typical gritty night, getting three hits and making a nice catch in the 8th inning.

The Bad

Jay Bruce went 0-4 tonight, continuing his recent slump.

The Ugly


Not so random thoughts …

Aroldis Chapman came in and does what Aroldis Chapman does in the 9th — get people out. The Reds have owned the division-leading Bernie Brewers this season so far. It’s a beautiful thing. The good guys are now within 6 games of first place.

The Daily Billy: Hamilton also made a beauty of a leaping catch at the wall tonight, robbing Ryan Braun.

And that’s enough for tonight.

Happy 4th of July, Nation.