Final — 13 innings R H E
Cincinnati Reds (26-40) 8 11 2
Atlanta Braves (19-46) 9 19 3
W: Ogando (2-1) L: Simon (2-7)
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The Good
–Joey Votto reached base four times, with two hits, two walks, a run scored, and an RBI. Brandon Phillips had three hits. Jay Bruce drove in two (he now has 51 RBI) with a double and a single. Ivan DeJesus Jr. drove in three.

–JC Ramirez struck out the side in both the ninth and tenth innings. Five of those strikeouts were in a row. That’s a pretty darn good outing, friends and neighbors.

–In the 11th inning, score tied 6-6, Tony Cingrani loaded the bases with no outs. Bryan Price went to the classic five-man infield, bringing Adam Duvall in to play third and posting DeJesus just in front of second base.

Next Braves hitter tapped a nubber in front of the plate that Tucker Barnhart jumped on, then dived back and touched home plate with his glove. Great hustle, one out.

Next batter, with Duvall heading back to left field: short fly ball to center field that Tyler Holt caught and gunned home to keep the runner at third.

Next up: a grounder to shortstop, and the Reds dodged a late-game, bases loaded, no outs jam for the second straight night. That was actually kinda fun.

–Ross Ohlendorf struck out two in a perfect inning of work. And JJ Hoover wasn’t great — he gave up a couple of hits — but he did pitch a scoreless inning. That’s good!

–Duvall drew a leadoff walk in the top of the 13th inning. Duvall walking will never cease to amaze me, because it’s such a rare thing.

He ultimately scored when Jose Peraza drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning. It was a really nice at-bat from Peraza, who was down 0-2 before ultimately drawing ball four and the go-ahead RBI. Votto followed up with an RBI single to give the Reds an 8-6 lead.

The Bad
–Remember when I said the Reds had a lead of 8-6 going into the bottom of the 13th? Well, Alfredo Simon took care of that.

Without recording an out in the bottom half, Simon gave up a single, single, double, single, walk, single and the game was over. Simon is garbage. His ERA is 9.45. He has no business being on a major league roster.

–Not a good outing by Anthony DeSclafani, though he was victimized by some poor defense. His final line: 2.2 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs (just 1 earned), 3 BB, 2 strikeouts. There will be better days for Disco.

–Did I mention the defense? Votto was the culprit early, as his throwing error opened the door to a three-run Atlanta inning. In the tenth inning, Adam Duvall also had an error, but JC Ramirez was so dominant that it ultimately didn’t matter.

–Let me tell you about “bad.” There aren’t many worse tasks in the world than being the guy who is responsible for writing a recap of a Cincinnati Reds-Atlanta Braves game that ends up being an extra-inning, 5+ hour affair. I like baseball and I like the ol’ Redlegs, but c’mon. Is this any way to treat me?

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–If the Reds can win the fourth game of this series, a few hours from now, they’ll have won four of their last five series. That would be something, right?

–On the bright side, Joey Votto’s on-base percentage is up to .370. He’s back.

–Hoover, Ohlendorf, Ramirez, and Cingrani actually combined to throw five scoreless innings. I wouldn’t have thought this bullpen could accomplish something like that.

–Before tonight, Ramirez’s career-high for strikeouts was three. Tonight, as you should know if you’ve been reading every word of my recap faithfully, he struck out six.

–Interesting to see Jose Peraza leading off tonight, even though he went 1-6. I’m hopeful that Bryan Price is going to make a real effort to get Peraza into the lineup as often as possible. I don’t want that guy to go back to AAA.

–The “Wooooo” made an appearance in Atlanta tonight.

–Here’s how good these two teams are. At one point in extra innings, twelve straight outs for both teams combined were recorded via strikeout.

–Good night, Nation.