Time for a recap of today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 7
Milwaukee 6
WP: Volquez (1-1)
LP: Gallardo (1-1)
S: Cordero (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–The Reds are at .500 on the season!

–The homer Jay Bruce hit was an absolute laser. And the grand slam by Edwin Encarnacion was a no-doubter.

–I’m loving this bullpen. They totally picked up Edinson Volquez tonight. The ‘pen deserved the win collectively.

–Laynce Nix got a pinch-hit double, and he hit it very hard. It was his first hit as a Red.

–Another night, another walk for Brandon Phillips. And another one for Willy Taveras, too. Taveras’ walk came on a particularly good at-bat. It’s all very encouraging.

–Francisco Cordero looked very, very good in the ninth, once again. He hit 97 on the gun a couple of times. Next time I’m worried about a player, tell me to shut up.

–Great way to start the first road trip of the year.

NEGATIVES
–There were a couple of big flies, but the Reds offense was fairly stagnant again tonight. Only six hits; bases on balls killed Milwaukee.

–Yeah, he got the win, but Volquez was just bad. No command whatsoever.

–Ramon Hernandez (1-4 tonight; .105 BA) is playing terribly, and Alex Gonzalez (0-4 tonight; 0-16 on the season) is worse. Ryan Hanigan and Paul Janish couldn’t hit any worse, and they’re both better defensively that Hernandez and Gonzalez.

–Bruce crushed a homer, but he still looks a little lost at the plate. He struck out twice.

ETC.
–I really dislike the red caps with the black bill that the Reds wear on the road. They need to just wear the all red caps all the time.

–Volquez pulled a “Houdini” by loading the bases with no outs…then proceeding to get out of the jam somehow.

–David Weathers scared the bejeezus out of me, but he figured out a way to get the job done.

–Former Red Todd Coffey looked terrific for the Brewers. Glad to see the Java Man land on his feet.

–Final note: it’s great to be .500 right now after some very shaky play in the first six games. It’s only up from here, I hope.