Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (69-56) 7 10 1
Cincinnati Redlegs (52-73) 4 8 1
W: Anderson (8-8) L: Holmberg (1-4) S: Jansen (25)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Not a lot to say here, but kudos to Pedro Villareal for throwing 3.1 innings of one-hit, no-run baseball after the Dodgers beat up on David Holmberg.

–Offensively, Todd Frazier had a couple of hits. Brandon Phillips and Ivan DeJesus drove in runs. Brayan Pena drove in two with a single in the seventh inning. But there’s not much the offense can do when you are down 6-0 early in the game.

–Brandon Phillips made a brilliant diving catch of a line drive in the eighth, saving a run and ending the inning. We’ve seen that before, eh?

The Bad
–Another pretty brutal outing by Holmberg, who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning after surrendering three home runs in that inning. In all, he allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings, bumping his ERA up to 7.62.

–Jason Bourgeois made a bad error in the eighth inning out there in center field. That type of play makes a fellow miss Billy Hamilton.

–After the Reds had closed the gap to 6-4, Bade Burkenhop gave up a run on a walk and a double in the ninth.

–Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each struck out swinging with the tying runs on base in the eighth inning.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–It’s only a two-game losing streak. The Reds have suffered through much longer losing streaks than this, I’m pretty sure. Quit yer bellyachin’.

–Yeah, if it weren’t for that makeup game against the Tigers on Monday, the Reds would be working on an 11-game losing streak. As it is, they’ve just lost 11 of their last 12. Suck it, Detroit!!!

–For some reason, THom Brennaman wants Villareal to get “a couple of starts,” but let’s not go crazy here. Villareal has done fairly well this season, and he really gave the Reds a chance to get back into the game tonight…but let’s not go crazy here.

–Early in the game, I really thought tonight would be a “Milton” night, if you know what I mean. It certainly wasn’t a good one, but at least the Reds gave us reason to stay tuned.*

*Good grief, am I really happy that the Reds were just able to make it a kinda close game? Is this where we are as Reds fans?

–Businessman’s special tomorrow afternoon, as the Reds attempt to avoid a sweep. And they’ll try to avoid going 1-9 on this homestand. Ugh.