Final R H E
Colorado Rockies (18-25) 5 11 0
Cincinnati Reds (18-26)) 4 11 0
W: Betancourt (2-1) L: Chapman (2-3) S: Axford (7)
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The Good
–Marlon Byrd doubled and homered (his 10th) in four ABs. Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Reds a lead that they held only briefly.

–Jay Bruce had three more hits, continuing his hot hitting. If you can believe it, Bruce’s numbers on the season are now exactly league average (according to wRC+). The guy is streaky.

–Jumbo Diaz struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning, which was followed up by Tony Cingrani’s perfect eighth.

The Bad
–But the ninth was not perfect. With the score 4-4, Aroldis Chapman entered the game and promptly walked the first Colorado hitter (Charlie Blackmon) on four pitches. DJ LaMahieu followed with a soft bloop single behind first base, then Nolan Arenado lifted a soft fly ball to center. Blackmon scored the go-ahead run.

–Jason Marquis gave up four runs, ten hits, and two walks in 5.2 innings. Of course, only two of those runs were earned, so maybe I should have put this in the “Good” section above. That’s almost inconceivably good for the Marquis.

Not-So-Random Thoughts

–Cincinnati is in the midst of their longest losing streak since 1998, when they lost eleven straight.

–I don’t know what you want me to say here. The last week and a half have been as bad as anything we saw back in the early-to-mid-2000s, and it’s really disheartening.

That’s all the crack analysis I can provide to you on this fine day. Forget the Reds for a little while. Go outside, take a walk, have a catch with your kids. Enjoy a nice dinner. Watch Stephen Curry rain threes later tonight.

Whatever you do, don’t spend a moment of your life worrying about whether Michael Lorenzen can keep the Reds from losing their tenth straight tomorrow evening.