Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (63-88) 1 7 0
Chicago Cubs (96-55) 6 11 1
W: Lester (18-4) L: Smith (3-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good

The Bad
–Wandy Peralta was not good tonight: four runs allowed on three hits and two walks in one inning. The low point came when he was pitching to Cubs hurler Jon Lester. Lester was literally stepping back out of the box on every pitch, with no intention of swinging. And Peralta still couldn’t throw a strike. The next three Chicago hitters went single, double, single, and a 1-0 deficit had been extended to 5-0.

–The Reds kinda looked like they were sleepwalking at times again tonight. During Peralta’s bad inning, there was a little popup behind first base. It would have been a tough play for Joey Votto, but he misplayed it so badly that he never had a chance. Even worse, if Scott Schebler had just kept sprinting after the ball, he could have caught it, but he pulled up.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I’m starting to think the Reds may not escape last place this season.

–Josh Smith started, and allowed one run on three hits and two walks in three innings. Coulda listed that under the “good” section above, I guess, but seems like a pretty low bar to cross if we’re going to start including three-inning stints by Reds starters as a good performance.

–Brandon Phillips did have a couple of hits, including a double. Jose Peraza tripled in the Reds’ lone run. Adam Duvall had a hit and a walk.

–I dunno, you guys. I’ve tried harder than almost everyone else to be positive this season, and look at the bright side of things. But I’m really ready for this season to be over.

I’ll still probably watch the last twelve games, though. (I have a problem.)