Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (9-14) 1 6 0
Pittsburgh Pirates (14-9) 4 7 0
W: Nicasio (3-2) L: Straily (1-1) S: Melancon (6)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Not a lot to enjoy about tonight’s game, but here’s something: Joey Votto had a classic Joey Votto line. Votto went 2-3 with a walk. He was the only Red with more than one hit, but we keep waiting for Votto to start hitting like himself again, so my fingers are crossed.

–I’m going to put Dan Straily’s performance tonight under the “Good” heading, because I can do whatever I want. It wasn’t the best outing ever, but I’m liking what I see from Straily. Tonight: six innings, two runs allowed on five hits and three walks, five strikeouts.

–Jay Bruce doubled in his first game back from paternity leave. Jordan Pacheco also doubled. In the ninth, Tucker Barnhart (who continues to play well) doubled in a meaningless run. Well, I’m sure it wasn’t meaningless to Tucker. Or Tucker’s mom. I bet they enjoyed it. Heck, I enjoyed it too, but it didn’t change the outcome.

The Bad
–From closer to the seventh inning. JJ Hoover entered in the seventh with the Reds down 2-0. He left with the Reds losing 4-0, having surrendered a two-run homer. I can’t believe that ball ended up going over the fence; it wasn’t hit very well at all. But it was a home run and Hoover’s ERA is 15.58 and I just don’t know what’s going on with that guy. I was hopeful he had turned the corner.

Okay, that’s a half-hearted defense of Hoover. He’s been awful. Not much more I can say about that.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Reds lose again. The Bengals were more interesting tonight, without question.

–The Reds have lost nine of their first ten road games. I haven’t checked the advanced metrics, but I don’t think that’s a very good record.

–Dan Straily is never going to be a star, but I’d like to see him as the Reds fifth starter even after all the injured pitchers return. Grabbing Straily off waivers was a good little move from a team (the Reds, that’s the team I’m talking about right now) that can use guys like him during this rebuilding process.

As Patrick noted, this was only the second time all season that Votto reached base three times in a season. It’s almost May. I simply cannot believe that this is true.

–That’s it for me. Good night.