Final R H E
New York Mets (72-66) 5 10 0
Cincinnati Reds (57-79) 0 8 0
W: Colon (13-7) L: Stephenson (2-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The Reds didn’t commit any fielding errors today. (I’m trying hard to look for “good” things to say.)

–Nice start by Robert Stephenson in his return to the big leagues: 5.1 IP, two runs allowed on six hits. Most interesting part of his stat line was this: 9 strikeouts, 1 walk. Given the fact that Stephenson struggled most with his control in AAA this season, that was certainly good to see.

–Jose Peraza had two more hits. He’s now 7 for his last 12 at-bats. This kid can play.

–Adam Duvall threw out Mets 2B Wilmer “I’m a crier” Flores on the basepaths twice today, once at second and once at third. (Unfortunately, Duvall left about 48 runners stranded today too.)

–Wandy Peralta and Keyvius Sampson pitched effectively out of the bullpen. Even Ross Ohlendorf pitched a scoreless inning. But…

The Bad
–This game was close — a two-run game in the seventh — until Alfredo Simon walked in from the bullpen. Game over.

Simon got the first hitter on a ground out, then it was walk, single, single, single. By the time Simon finished vomiting all over the mound, the Reds were down five runs and if you were surprised, you haven’t watched Alfredo Simon — ERA 9.36 — pitch this year.

–Joey Votto only reached base twice today. That’s terrible.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Jay Bruce returned, but he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. I still miss Jay. Glad to see him again.

–Simon happens:

–Non-Simon tweets: