Final — 12 innings R H E
Cincinnati Reds (63-97) 4 11 1
Pittsburgh Pirates (97-63) 6 7 2
W: Caminero (5-1) L: Balester (1-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Eugenio Suarez, Adam Duvall, and Ramon Cabrera all had two hits tonight. Suarez hit a two-run homer (his 13th) to get the Reds on the board; Duvall and Bruce doubled.

–After tonight, Joey Votto has reached base safely in 48 straight games. That ties Pete Rose’s franchise record. He’s reached base in 143 of his 156 games so far in 2015. Votto is good.

–Even better, according to our friend Joel, Votto has reached base more than once in a game 106 times this year. That’s a new Reds record.

–For the first time in eight games, a Reds starting pitcher didn’t get the loss. Rejoice!

–A bunch of Reds relievers, most of whom you won’t remember two years from now, pitched scoreless baseball between Keyvius Sampson’s start and Collin Balester’s 12th-inning surrender of a walkoff homer.

–Only two games left in this miserable season.

The Bad
–Good grief, the Reds have lost 97 games. This is insane.

–That’s thirteen losses in a row for the Redlegs. Last time the Reds lost 13 consecutive games: 1945.

–Keyvius Sampson started well, but finished poorly. He gave up four runs in five innings, and couldn’t protect the 4-0 lead provided to him by the Cincinnati offense (thank you Suarez and Bruce).

–Seems like this win meant more to Pittsburgh than it did to Cincinnati. Are the Pirates in contention or something?

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–My grandmother was a teenager the last time the Reds lose 13 in a row. This is not good, Reds fans.

–You have every right to be upset about this Reds season. I’m certainly not happy about it. But if you don’t love Joey Votto, we can’t be friends.

–Tonight’s probably my last recap of the season. This has been an awful year for the Redlegs, but the end kinda makes me sad.

This is the 11th season that we’ve covered the Reds here at Redleg Nation. Most of those years have been losing campaigns for our favorite baseball club, but we’ve soldiered on…and (for our newer readers) until the last couple of seasons, I wrote 95% of the Titanic Struggle Recaps. We have watched a lot of bad baseball together over the years, haven’t we? Unfortunately, 2015 has been as bad as any of those other years.

I’m so appreciative of the guys who have picked up the slack while I took a little break — Steve and Nick and Jason and everyone else have been nothing short of fantastic — but I’ve enjoyed getting back into the mix this season, despite the struggles of the ol’ Redlegs. I love you guys and gals, and I’m actually looking forward to the future here at Redleg Nation.

Yeah, the Reds kinda stink right now. But I hope you’ll stick with us. We have some big plans, and I think we are going to have a lot of fun here at RN over the next couple of years.

I have missed the day-to-day interaction with everyone here. Honestly, I may be the only Reds fan in the world who is excited about 2016, but I can’t wait. This is the best community on the internet, as far as I’m concerned, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Okay, I’ll stop with the emotional nonsense. But even when the Reds stink, I love the fans — YOU! — who are the heart of Redleg Nation. I’m looking forward to being around even more in 2016. I really do believe this is the best community of baseball fans on the interwebs. Stick with us. It’s going to be a fun ride, I promise.