The Short Version: The Reds ride Luis Castillo’s right arm and home runs from Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto to their sixth straight victory. It’s a four-game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles! The Reds continue to be undefeated in the Matt Harvey Era.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (14-27) 5 9 2
Los Angeles Dodgers (16-24) 3 5 2
W: Castillo (3-4) L: Hill (1-2) S: Iglesias (7)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Another nice start by Luis Castillo, who pitched into the seventh inning before yielding to the bullpen: two runs allowed on four hits, eight strikeouts, no walks. Mostly lights-out.

–Eugenio Suarez was 2-4 with a homer, a walk, and two RBI. Joey Votto had a homer, two walks, and two runs batted in. Alex Blandino had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

–Billy Hamilton was 2-3 with a walk, a run scored, and three stolen bases. Billy’s on-base percentage is up to .317.

–Amir Garrett struck out four of the six hitters he faced. He’s a really good relief pitcher, you guys. Only a reliever, though. Don’t get any ideas in your head.

–Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth.

The Bad
–Jim Riggleman loves his bunts. I tire of this.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds just swept the Dodgers in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

–The Reds got on the board first, in the top of the third. Alex Blandino reached on an error by Dodger first baseman Cody Bellinger and, one out later, Eugenio Suarez smashed his sixth home run of the season.

–The Dodgers got a run back when Yasiel Puig homered to lead off the bottom half of the third, but the Reds extended their lead in the following inning. With one out, Billy Hamilton singled to center; he advanced to third on a Jose Peraza single. Blandino then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze, and the Reds grabbed a 3-1 lead.

–No more scoring until the top of the sixth. Blandino singled to left with two outs and Joey Votto followed with his sixth home run of the season.

–Luis Castillo has struck out 22 and walked just two over his last three starts. The kid is back to form.

–That’s the first six-game winning streak for the Reds since 2013. The last time Cincinnati swept a four-game series in Los Angeles: 1976.

–Cincinnati’s bullpen has a 2.73 ERA over the last 15 games.

–It is becoming increasingly clear that the Cincinnati Reds will never lose another game, like, ever.

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