Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (61-84) 5 9 1
Milwaukee Brewers (77-69) 3 7 0
W: Finnegan (1-0) L: Davies (1-2) S: Chapman (31)
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The Good
–First big league start for Brandon Finnegan, who was acquired from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade, and it went pretty well. He pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Finnegan tossed 75 pitches, which equals his longest outing since college. Showed some real promise. I’ll take it.

–Todd Frazier was 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Skip Schumaker had a couple of hits (though he did make an error). Jason Bourgeois and Jay Bruce each hit homers.

–Tucker Barnhart was 0-1 with three walks. Who does he think he is, Joey Votto?

–Manny Parra collected a key double play in the eighth after Sam LeCure got the Reds in trouble.

The Bad
–Hey, the Reds won a game. Let’s enjoy it, shall we?

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Manager Bryan Price used seven pitchers tonight. In a mid-September game versus the other crappy team in the NL Central. Think he’s managing for his job?

–Jay Bruce’s home run was the 204th of his career. That moves Bruce to eighth on the Cincinnati franchise all-time list, moving ahead of Eric Davis. That ain’t bad.

–Here’s my luck: it’s my night to write the recap, but Joey Votto serves his suspension tonight (one game, reduced today by the league office). Votto is increasingly the only reason to watch this club. At least I did have some interest in seeing Finnegan make his first start. And who wouldn’t be interested in watching Jason Bourgeois lead off?

–Votto’s back tomorrow, though. Go Reds.