Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (14-21) 2 4 0
Philadelphia Phillies (21-15) 3 7 1
W: Hellickson (3-2) L: Finnegan (1-2) S: Gomez (14)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Adam Duvall had a couple of hits, including a double, and he scored one of the Cincinnati runs. Duvall is hitting .258/.308/.536; that OPS of 844 is good, even if heavily dependent on his power (I’d like to see a better on-base percentage, in other words). But Duvall’s production is better than pretty much every left fielder the Reds have had since Frank Robinson, or so it seems.

–The bullpen didn’t give up a run. Seems like I should mention that, since it happens so rarely.

The Bad
–This Offense Stinks. Two runs on four lonely hits.

The Reds didn’t get a single hit after the fourth inning.

–Cozart, Suarez, Votto, Phillips, Bruce: 0-18. Reds won’t win many games when that happens.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Reds lose, their fourth loss in five games. This isn’t fun.

But earlier tonight, something occurred to me. The first five seasons after we started Redleg Nation, the Reds were 73-89, 80-82, 72-90, 74-88, 78-84. Yet we kept following this dumb team every day, and cheering for them, and writing about them. And it got better.

We will survive this, Nation.

–Since sweeping the Phillies in the season-opening series, the Reds have gone 11-21. Over that same span, Philadelphia is 21-12. I don’t understand baseball.

–Brandon Finnegan batted for himself in the top of the fifth. When the Reds came back to the field, Steve Delabar came running in from the bullpen, and there was some confusion as to why he was there. I’m not exactly sure what happened there, but this I know: it was an example of the high-quality managing* from Jim Riggleman that you can expect if the Reds fire Bryan Price.**

**Price was suspended for tonight’s game, so Riggleman was filling in. Consider me unimpressed.

–Lot of complaining on twitter about Jose Peraza getting a callup to the big leagues, then not getting in the game. Some of that is overblown; after all, twitter will complain about whatever decision the Reds make in every single situation.

On the other hand, I can’t say that I see a lot of logic in a rebuilding team giving at-bats in a lost season to Jordan Pacheco and Tyler Holt when you have a guy like Peraza on the bench who might actually be a key player on the next good Reds team. But what do I know? (Don’t answer that.)

–Phillies had three bunt hits tonight, equaling their total for the entire year. Wonder what they were seeing that made them resort to that strategy?

–Oh well, we’ll be back for more tomorrow, right?