Final R H E
Chicago Cubs (49-26) 11 17 1
Cincinnati Reds (29-48) 7 7 1
W: Arrieta (12-2) L: Straily (4-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Two home runs and a walk for Joey Votto tonight; three runs scored and three RBI. That’ll do, Joey. That’ll do.

–Nice night for Billy Hamilton. He was 1-2 with two walks, an infield single earned by his speedy legs, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. When Hamilton plays like this, he looks like an MVP candidate.

–Adam Duvall had two doubles and 2 RBI.

The Bad
–Losing to the stupid Cubs is always bad.

–The Reds pitching staff was bad tonight. Dan Straily allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings pitched. The bullpen wasn’t much better, and I just don’t have the heart to get into the details.

–Chicago’s Kris Bryant went 5-5 with three homers and two doubles tonight. That was the first time in more than a century that a player has accomplished that feat. The only good news? Both Bryant and Votto are on my fantasy team.

Not-So-Random Thoughts

–When you touch up Cubs ace Jake Arrieta — who no-hit the Reds the last time they faced each other — for five runs in five innings, you hate to lose that game. It doesn’t happen often.

–Votto’s first home run moved him past the immortal Eric Davis on the Reds all-time list. Next in Votto’s sights? Junior Griffey.

–You know what’s more entertaining than watching the Reds? Listening to the Redleg Nation Radio podcast. Here’s the latest episode, and you can subscribe via iTunes or your favorite podcast device. We’d certainly appreciate it if you’d subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends.

–I’m sick of losing to the Cubs. And that’s all I’m going to say about that right now. Hopefully John Lamb can make everything better tomorrow.