Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (11-17) 5 10 1
Cincinnati Reds (12-17) 9 9 0
W: Simon (1-3) L: Anderson (1-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Cincinnati batted around and piled on five runs in the bottom of the first, and even with their shaky bullpen, this game was a foregone conclusion early.* The big blast in the initial frame was Jay Bruce’s three-run bomb, his fifth of the season.

*Okay, you’re right, with this bullpen, it’s never a foregone conclusion.

–Brandon Phillips homered for the second consecutive game, but he was outdone by Adam Duvall, who now has three home runs in his last three contests. Phillips was 2-3 with 3 RBI and a run scored.

–Zack Cozart continued to produce from the leadoff position, going 2-5 with a run scored. He also made a couple of nice defensive plays, as usual. Cozart is now hitting .345/.348/.560 on the season, and has a great argument for Reds MVP through the first month. Unfortunately, he’s only taken two bases on balls, which doesn’t bode well, but let’s enjoy it while we can, shall we? He’s been fantastic so far.

–Joey Votto scored two runs, despite going 0-1 on the day. That’s because he walked three times. Yes, he walked more tonight than Cincinnati’s leadoff hitter has walked all season.

–I know that no one likes Alfredo Simon, but tonight he became the first Reds pitcher of the season to pitch into the eighth inning. He kinda hit the wall in that eighth, but his final line was more than acceptable: 7.2 innings, 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, five strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 9.86!

–The Reds’ defense helped Simon, turning three double plays.

–The bullpen surrendered a run in their 23rd consecutive game. Hooray for extending a major league record!

The Bad
–JJ Hoover gave up another home run. In his only inning of work, the ninth, he allowed two runs on two hits. I have long been a champion of Hoover, but it’s probably time to send him to AAA so that he might be able to get things worked out.

Unfortunately, there is likely no one at AAA who is any better than Hoover.

–Reds relievers have surrendered 23 home runs in 29 games. It’s almost laughable.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds are not in last place! And they’re only four games out of the second wild-card spot. #believe

–Adam Duvall has crazy power. Very impressive. But let’s admit that he’s only the second-best Reds slugger of all time whose name begins “A-D-A-M D-U.”

–Speaking of which, Bruce’s homer brings him to within one HR of equaling Adam Dunn’s record for homers hit at Great American Ballpark. In addition, that home run tonight was the 34th of his career against Milwaukee, the most he’s hit against any individual club.

–Go Reds.