Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (12-16) 2 7 0
Cincinnati Reds (14-14) 4 11 0
W: Adleman (1-1) L: Nova (3-3) S: Iglesias (5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–I am, of course, a noted Joey Votto fan, but holy cow, he’s something. 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a walk. His current line is: .270/.375/.610 and he’s only just gotten right. Golly gosh.

Adam Duvall also had 2 hits, including a triple and is hitting .262/.313/.583 and that will absolutely do. Duvall’s skills mean he’s probably going to be feast or famine all the time, but if the average between the two ends up where he is right now, I will never complain.

Arismendy Alcantara certainly took advantage of his start today and went 3 for 3.

Billy Hamilton become just the 12th player ever with 200 steals as a Red.

Tim Adleman. You can’t complain. 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 Ks, 1 BB. I’m probably gonna write a post about him soon.

The Bad
–Not one thing.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I’ll confess to not having caught every single moment of this game, but I caught most of it and during one part, Marty was rhapsodizing about Joey Votto suddenly being a “power-hitting first baseman.” Oh, Marty.

–The Reds took 3 of 4 from the Pirates and are back to .500. Crazy what happens when you get decent starting pitching. Also, I really do think this is going to be a solid team when all is said and done. There will be bumps, but the trajectory is upward. They’ll be better in September than they are now.

–I don’t mind that Cody Reed was sent down today, though I might be in the minority. I’d like to see him get good and comfortable starting again and then come up to join the rotation.