Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (60-83) 3 7 2
San Francisco Giants (76-68) 5 7 0
W: Kontos (3-2) L: Sampson (2-5) S: Casilla (33)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Ramon Cabrera was 4-4 tonight with a double. Good for that kid.

–In the seventh inning, Jay Bruce absolutely destroyed a homer to right-center, his 21st of the season. It pulled the Reds within a run, at 4-3. It was also the first hit of the game from a Red who wasn’t named Ramon Cabrera or Jason Bourgeois.

–Is the nice season enjoyed by Pedro Villareal the biggest surprise of the 2015 season? I dunno, maybe. Tonight, Villareal pitched a shutout fourth inning at a time when the Reds needed to keep the game within shouting distance.

–Pretty good work by the bullpen as a whole tonight; they didn’t permit a single earned run in five innings of work. Kudos, Villareal, Collin Balester, Jumbo Diaz, Manny Parra, and Burke Badenhop.

The Bad
–Keyvius Sampson has not exactly distinguished himself in this, his rookie season. He only survived three innings tonight, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. No, his defense didn’t particularly help him tonight, but he wasn’t very good.

–Eugenio Suarez made a couple of very nice plays at shortstop tonight. He also made two errors, both in crucial situations. I am sure this kid is a decent defensive player, but every time he makes a defensive miscue, he’s playing Zack Cozart back into the 2016 starting lineup. (Not that this is a bad thing, necessarily.)

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–When you get down 4-0 early, it makes things difficult. What are you going to do? You can’t win them all.

–With a first-inning walk, Joey Votto reached base for the 34th consecutive game. That’s a season-high for him. Have we mentioned that he’s good?

–Bruce’s home run in the seventh inning was the 54th homer he has hit versus a left-handed pitcher since 2010. No one else in baseball has more during that time. That’s always a cool stat.

–Most important thing about this baseball season is that I’ve learned how to spell Jason Bourgeois’ name quickly. It’s “J-A-S-O-N.”

–It’s late. I’m going to bed. Go Reds.