Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (18-21) 0 4 0
Kansas City Royals (25-14) 3 9 0
W: Ventura (3-3) L: Cueto (3-4) S: Davis (7)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Devin Mesoraco was 2-2 with a walk in a rare appearance on the field. He had precisely half of Cincinnati’s hits tonight.

–Johnny Cueto allowed three runs on nine hits over seven innings. JJ Hoover pitched a perfect inning. That’s good enough pitching to win on most nights. Unfortunately, the Reds couldn’t score.

The Bad

–Four hits. The Reds had four stinkin’ hits.

–There’s really not much more to say. This was not a fun game for fans of the Cincinnati Reds National League Baseball Club.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–That’s four losses in a row for the ol’ Redlegs. Sure, all four were against teams who won pennants last year, but that doesn’t really provide much comfort.

–Jay Bruce actually reached base twice tonight, so there continue to be some hints that he may be coming around. Hopefully, it happens soon. I’m sick of looking at his anemic stat line.

–The second and final game of this abbreviated two-game series in Kansas City will take place tomorrow evening. Never fear, Reds fans: Jason Marquis is scheduled to start. He’ll stop the bleeding for sure.

*This offense stinks.