Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (45-65) 7 8 0
Pittsburgh Pirates (55-54) 3 6 2
W: Straily (7-6) L: Cole (7-7)
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The Good
–Another fine outing by Dan Straily. He was perfect through four, and finished with a line of: six innings, two runs allowed on three hits (two of which were solo home runs), six strikeouts, no walks. He improved to 7-6 with a 3.76 ERA.

–In the top of the first inning, Billy Hamilton walked, stole second, stole third, and scored Cincinnati’s first run on a groundout. Classic Billy Ball.

He was just getting started. Billy reached base four times, going 3-4, with a double and four stolen bases and a simply gorgeous defensive play in centerfield (you can see that catch below). Hamilton now has 43 stolen bases, which leads the league.

–Brandon Phillips continued his hot hitting, going 3-4 with two RBI. Like Hamilton, BP made an excellent defensive play, as well. That’s five consecutive games in which Phillips has collected at least two hits. Not bad at all.

–Joey Votto was 0-0 with a run scored and an RBI today. Yep, three walks and a sacrifice fly.

–Tony Renda collected his first big league RBI when he singled in Eugenio Suarez in the seventh inning.

The Bad
–With a 7-2 lead, Raisel Iglesias took over for Straily in the 7th. He proceeded to walk the bases loaded. A fielder’s choice made the score 7-3, snapping Iglesias’ scoreless inning streak at 22 and 2/3.

A fly ball to center was the second out, then another Pirate single loaded the bases again, whereupon Josh Harrison came within a couple of feet of a grand slam down the left field line. Iglesias struck him out on the next pitch. Three walks and a single, and Iglesias escapes with just one run allowed in his inning of work.

–Scott Schebler went 0-4 today with four strikeouts. He’s 2-17 since that walkoff home run the other night.

–Phillips is hot at the plate, but we saw some classic BP baserunning in the eighth. After Phillips singles, the pickoff throw to first got past the first baseman, and BP tried to make it to third. The throw beat him easily for the first out of the inning.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Reds didn’t win this series, but today’s game was a lot of fun.

–If you aren’t happy with Straily’s performance this season, I don’t know what you’re looking for. He isn’t a superstar, but Straily has been everything the Reds could have wanted and more.

–Cincinnati scored their final run on a wild pitch from former Red Curtis Partch.

–I already mentioned Iglesias, but Michael Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani weren’t sharp either, despite pitching scoreless innings. In the ninth, Cingrani gave up a leadoff single to Jordy Mercer, then promptly picked him off first base (although it took a replay challenge by Bryan Price for the umpires to get the call correct). Cingrani then walked the next hitter, but was bailed out by a double play ball. Game over…and this one belongs to the Reds.