Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (5-4) 1 6 2
Chicago Cubs (8-1) 8 11 0
W: Hammel (1-0) L: Iglesias (1-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Not much to say here. This was a 3-0 game going into the bottom of the eighth, and the Reds ostensibly still had a chance to pull out a fun come-from-behind victory. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

–Jay Bruce had two hits, including a double, and a walk. And if you haven’t noticed, he seems to have an improved approach at the plate thus far, with 8 of his 11 hits so far going to center or opposite field. It’ll be interesting to see if that is a real change or just a small sample size fluke.

But see below.

As noted by Trent, Blake Wood and Caleb Cotham — who threw consecutive scoreless innings tonight — are the only Reds relievers who haven’t given up a run this season.

The Bad
–I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a worse bullpen than the current Reds pen. That’s not hyperbole. I’m serious.

Remember when I said it was a 3-0 game in the eighth inning? It was actually a pretty tight contest, and there’s always hope that the Redlegs can come back in a situation like this. Well, JJ Hoover entered the game, retired the first batter, then promptly dumped gasoline on the fire. When the smoke cleared, Hoover couldn’t escape the inning, collecting only that one out…while surrendering five runs on three hits and three walks. Just terrible. Hoover’s ERA is now a cool 20.25.

Hoover didn’t give up a grand slam, though.

–In the eighth inning, Jay Bruce made a really nice sliding catch. Then he promptly jumped up and fired the ball to first base, hoping to double up the Chicago runner. Just one problem: no Reds player was within 50 feet of first base. Bruce threw it to no one. You can imagine the result.

–Brandon Phillips made an error too. It was that kind of night.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Ugh. Never a good night when you get swept by the stupid Cubs.

–Raisel Iglesias was not sharp, but he wasn’t awful. Five innings pitched, three runs allowed on six hits and two walks.

–Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco were out of the lineup agqin. I’m sure the Reds will tell us again tomorrow that there’s no problem, no setback, and they’ll be back on Saturday. (Lesson: don’t believe anything the Reds tell you about injuries.)

–So long, Chicago. The Reds are off to St. Louis tomorrow.

–This seems appropriate tonight:

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati's performance tonight.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance tonight.