Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (9-11) 3 8 0
New York Mets (11-7) 5 10 1
W: Verrett (2-0) L: Ramirez (0-1) S: Familia (6)
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The Good
–If you ever wonder why everyone remains so tantalized by Billy Hamilton, I point you to the third inning of tonight’s game. Hamilton bunted his way on, stole second base, stole third base, then scored on Zack Cozart’s sacrifice fly.

I know we’ve said it a million times, but if Billy could just get on base more often….

–So happy to see Joey Votto deliver a two-out, run-scoring single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3.

–Cozart was only 1-4, but he had a couple of RBI and scored a run. And played his usual outstanding defense. Cozart is now hitting .389/.379/.556. He steadfastly refuses to take a walk, so he’s going to have problems at some point, but he’s definitely seeing the ball well right now. I can’t say I expected him to pick up where he left off before the injury, but I’m glad to see it.

–Caleb Cotham pitched a scoreless eighth. His ERA is 1.69. That’s good.

–Eugenio Suarez had a hit and a walk. And a misplayed pop-up, though it wasn’t an error. Still, I love this kid.

The Bad
–Remember when I said above that Joey Votto tied the game at 3? Well, the Reds bullpen — in the form of JC Ramirez this time — surrendered that lead in short order. In the bottom of the seventh, Ramirez gave up a 2-run homer to Neil Walker after a leadoff walk. Rinse. Repeat.

–BP took a pitch off his hand in the fourth inning and had to leave the game. Looked painful; it hit his left ring finger. The Reds said there were no broken bones, but if he had to be out for any extended period, it’d probably be time to give Jose Peraza a look, right?

–One of our constant frustrations here at Redleg Nation has been Walt Jocketty’s willingness to play with a short bench because, usually, of a refusal to put a player on the disabled list to get a healthy guy on the roster. Well, the Reds were already short one position player tonight; Jay Bruce was placed on paternity leave, and the Reds inexplicably called up another relief pitcher. Then BP gets hurt and has to leave the game, so the bench is even shorter. And they’ll probably say he’s not available the next couple of days, but won’t make a corresponding roster move to shore up the bench.

I’m willing to believe that this front office knows more than I do about constructing a roster. But I just don’t understand their thinking sometimes.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds lost. Now two games below .500. Get used to it, friends and neighbors.

–The last time I wrote the recap, the Reds got no-hit and lost 16-0. This is an improvement!

–Raisel Iglesias was showing more emotion than usual on the mound tonight, for whatever reason. In the end, he was just okay (and that’s charitable) in the box score: five innings, three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Threw 102 pitches. There will be better days.

–Ramirez screwed up that seventh inning, but he’s been alright since his callup. Gave up a home run to a really hot hitter tonight. It happens (to the Reds).

–The Reds stole five bases tonight. They can’t play baseball, but they sure are fast!

–One more thing about Cozart: I’m really happy to see that his defense has been good so far. After that devastating knee injury last year, I was worried that he’d take a step back defensively. I don’t know what the defensive metrics will say about him, but he’s certainly passing the eye test.

–Good grief, Noah Syndergaard is an amazing specimen.

–That’s nine straight losses to the Mets, dating back to 2014. Tomorrow, young Brandon Finnegan will face 74-year-old Bartolo Colon in game two of the series.