The Reds under Bryan Price began the season 3-15. That team played without Anthony DeSclafani, David Hernandez, Michael Lorenzen, Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler and Matt Harvey. They were the Reds of Gallardo and Gossington. Price was fired. With tonight’s loss to the lowly Kansas City Royals, Jim Riggleman’s Reds may finish the season 3-13.  

Don’t expect Clint Hurdle’s Pirates to show mercy this weekend. 

Cody Reed wasn’t sharp, wasn’t terrible, against his former organization. Jose Peraza lined his 14th home run over the left field fence. He’s been one of the few exceptions to the team-wide batting slump and he’s finishing a season of great improvement at the plate. Otherwise, Reds bats were shutdown by Heath “Cy” Fillmyer. Their offensive outburst of 3 runs last night, closer in the rearview mirror than it seems. 

Tonight’s calamity: dropped throws; errors on routine ground balls; not looking runners back; misjudged fly balls; relievers with more walks than strikeouts; and a second baseman misplaying left field, presumably still without his own outfield glove. Those lowlights were from the part of the game I could bear to watch. Peraza committed his NL-leading 22nd error tonight. Second most in the NL is Eugenio Suarez with 19.

Going through the motions: “To do something without making much effort to do it well.” 

Cincinnati Reds 1 (66-93) • Kansas City Royals 6 (56-102)

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