Final R H E
  New York Mets (67-75) 1 7 0
  Cincinnati Reds (67-75) 2 7 0
W: Cueto (17-8)    L: Gee (6-7)     S: Chapman (30)
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Reds snap a four-game losing streak. Free pizza.

Rubber game of the series tomorrow and the all-important battle of the 67-75 teams.

Pinch-hit homer by Chris Heisey, go figure. Fourth this year. Fabulous. Created the possibility for …

Johnny Cueto to win his 17th game. Cueto gave up six hits, one walk and struck out eight in seven innings. Another fantastic performance in a season crammed full of them.

We shouldn’t judge Cueto based on wins-and-losses because those are mostly team outcomes. However, there are plenty of other measurements that are more under a pitcher’s control showing Cueto is having a tremendous season. It would be nice for him to win the Cy Young award if he deserves it. (Clayton Kershaw is 16-9 and having a historic season). And stacking up wins is, unfortunately, a necessary part of winning that campaign.

Good to see Todd Frazier hitting the ball the past few days. And Devin Mesoraco. Both are still not putting up the numbers like they did earlier this year. But looking forward, how those two do the rest of the year is something to watch.

Jumbo Diaz struck out the two batters he faced, raising his strikeout-rate above 27 percent – that’s elite.

Aroldis Chapman pitched 1.1 innings, registering his thirtieth save of the season. Before today, the Reds were 7-18 dating back to August 8. Chapman had pitched nine innings in those 25 games. He hadn’t pitched yet in September and showed his rust.

Whoever in the Reds dugout figured out that Eric Young momentarily left third base after sliding in safely in the ninth inning deserves one of the stars of the game. And some free pizza. Heads up play by Kristopher Negron to keep the tag on, too.

Stat of the Day: Walks contribute to runs, not as much as hits, but they do have a positive effect. The leader in walks for the Reds is … Joey Votto. The Reds walk-rate was 3.2 percent today.

Top Game Thread Comments

Tom Reed: A very important game for the Reds to win to keep from sinking to last place. If for no other reason than the upcoming All Star game spotlight, Bob C. has to ok a remake of this team.

Al: At the beginning of the year, I would have told you that Brian Price’s job was one of the safest in baseball. I still think he’ll be alright in the end, but it’s really starting to look like he’s lost this team. If he wants to make sure he gets another shot next year, with us or anyone else, he’s got to start showing some fight, and get his team back to playing respectable baseball. No one expects a miracle anymore, but if they keep this up, ownership will have no choice but to fire him, because the players that come back next year won’t respect him as a leader.

Todd Almighty: Sure glad that they STILL haven’t ever gotten a first baseman and they’re putting people out of position to play first base. Todd Frazier at 3rd: .276/.338/.476, 9 errors in 976.2 innings. Todd Frazier at 1st: .276/.333/.362, 5 errors in 238.2 innings. Lost all his power and his glove at first.