Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (64-81) 4 4 2
Cincinnati Reds (62-82) 6 10 0
W: Straily (12-8) L: Garza (5-7)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Dan Straily was magnificent tonight. He pitched eight innings — the longest outing of his career — and gave up two runs on three hits (two solo home runs). He struck out eight and walked just one.

–Joey Votto was 3-4 with his 24th home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. He’s now hitting .318/.434/.531. But yeah, he’s overpaid or something.

–Adam Duvall had two doubles and knocked in two runs. Scott Schebler went 2-4 with an RBI.

The Bad
–Oh, Tony Cingrani. After Straily’s outstanding performance — and with the Reds leading 6-2 — Cingrani entered in the ninth inning and proceeded to walk the first hitter on four pitches. One out later, Chris Carter smashed a home run, cutting the lead to two. He ultimately escaped the inning, but sheesh.

–Straily went 0-1 at the plate, dropping his slash line to .000/.043/.000.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Five straight wins for the good guys. Reds are only 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for fourth place!

–The Reds are 30-25 in the second half. That’s a .545 winning percentage which, if extrapolated over a full season, would equal 88-74. They currently have the fourth-best record in the National League since the All-Star break. If the season had started on July 11, the Reds would be in line for the first wild card spot. #glasshalffull

–You may have seen this interview with Dan Straily over at Fangraphs earlier today. You have to love that guy. He’s very aware of all the advanced data, and he’s using every tool at his disposal to improve his performance.

Straily is now 8-2 in the second half, and he just keeps getting better. I can’t believe how lucky the Reds were to have this guy fall into their laps for free at the end of spring training.

–Jose Peraza wears a helmet with earflaps on both sides of his head, but the earflap that covers his right ear has no padding in it. I noticed it recently, and now I can’t see anything else when they show him batting. I need help.

–Tim Adleman gets the start tomorrow. Go Reds.