Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (67-54) 2 10 0
Cincinnati Reds (52-69) 9 12 0
W: Adleman (2-1) L: Norris (6-10)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–In the bottom of the seventh, Michael Lorenzen came to the plate to hit for himself after he got the Reds out of a jam (of Ross Ohlendorf’s making) in the top half of the inning. This was Lorenzen’s first game back from bereavement leave; we found out earlier that Lorenzen had lost his father earlier this week.

Lorenzen proceeded to hit a three-run home run, and things got really dusty in here. Lorenzen was clearly emotional as he rounded the bases, and when he touched home plate, he pointed toward the sky with both index fingers. In the dugout, the tears began to fall.

Moments later, Reds fans were still on their feet, and Lorenzen emerged from the dugout for the first curtain call of his career. It was a really special moment at Great American Ballpark.

–Good start for Tim Adleman in his return to the Reds: five shutout innings, five hits allowed, three strikeouts, two walks. He wasn’t sharp, but he worked himself out of every tight spot.

Oh yeah, he doubled in a couple of runs, as well; it was Adleman’s first big league hit. Nice game for a guy that’s easy to root for.

–Joey Votto hit a three-run home run in the first inning — his 20th of the season — and the game was never close after that. Votto was 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and four RBI. He continues to mash the baseball, and it’s fun to watch.

–Ivan DeJesus Jr., Brandon Phillips, and Eugenio Suarez all had two hits.

–Billy Hamilton had a single and two walks. Hamilton’s on-base percentage is up to .323 for the season. I keep telling you guys, Hamilton is the real deal.

The Bad
–I’m really glad that Keyvius Sampson was spotted an eight-run lead as he took the mound in the ninth inning. He was not good. In the end, he allowed a run on a hit and two walks.

–Ross Ohlendorf was Ross Ohlendorf.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds are now 20-12 in the second half. They’ve gone 35-34 since June 1. I gotta tell you, this team is a lot of fun to watch right now.

–Adleman: 2-run double. Lorenzen: 3-run homer. Who needs hitters when you have these pitchers?

–The thoughts of Redleg Nation are with Lorenzen during this difficult time, I’m sure you’ll agree.

That moment when he crossed home plate was really something. If he isn’t a fan favorite for a long time after that, I’ll be surprised.

–Can you believe this? If the Brewers lose later tonight, the Reds will be tied for fourth place in the National League Central.

–Cincinnati still in last place…but I’m really enjoying being a Reds fan right now. Call me crazy…