Cincinnati Reds (18-24) 1 9 0
Cleveland Indians (19-23) 2 4 0
W: Kluber (2-5) L: Cingrani (0-1) S: Allen (9)
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The Good
–The sun called Jay Bruce to ask about what it means to be really hot.

–Votto and Phillips each had a couple of hits as well.

–DeSclafani had an excellent day, but sadly it wasn’t enough. Still, 7 innings of one-run baseball, that’s getting it done.

–DeSclafani does owe some of that performance to the defense, which was sparkling today. Plays by Hamilton and Votto stand out in particular. This team can pick it, and it always means there’s the potential for something memorable.

The Bad
–The Reds, they no score the runs.

–Tony Cingrani has been one of the few bright spots out of the bullpen this year. Today, he didn’t get it done. Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.

Not-So-Random Thoughts

–This game felt like one they were going to win. Even when they were behind, with Bruce coming up, hot as he’s been, it felt like there was a real chance. Not so much.

–It really is good to see Bruce getting right, though. He’s just a tick below league average now after spending most of the season looking like Mendoza’s worse-hitting cousin.

–This recap is the opposite of last night. Part of that is that my kids are still up, part of it is that I just don’t have the energy. I really wanted a win today. Today was completely frustrating. Come on now, Reds. Let’s get something done.

–That said, I do always try to remember that baseball is just for fun. It’s a game. We get attached, of course, we do, but  it’s not life and death. Tomorrow, we’ll go again.