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

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Houston 2
WP: Volquez (2-1)
LP: Geary (0-1)
S: Cordero (4)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–4-2 on the road trip, over .500 overall on the season now. That’s good.

–Micah Owings. This guy needs to be playing left field every day. Owings absolutely crushed a double off the wall as a pinch-hitter, scoring two runs and giving the Reds the advantage.

–Edinson Volquez was better today; it really looks like he’s coming around. His control is still a bit spotty (Dusty blamed the WBC in a post-game interview), with five walks against 7 Ks…but he went 6 innings and only gave up one run. When he is around the plate, he is awfully tough to hit.

–Laynce Nix: has this guy done everything asked of him, or what? Two hits in two ABs today, including his third double of the season. He plays hard, and he’s really helping the team right now.

–Willy Taveras was 1-2 with a walk and an HBP. That’s three times on base for those of you scoring at home (or even if you’re alone). Taveras is doing his job, with an OBP of .410. No one else on the offense is doing theirs (other than Joey Votto).

NEGATIVES
–The offense is just BAD. If it weren’t for an untimely Houston error, and a pinch-hitting pitcher, the Reds could easily have lost this one. It’s just ugly, folks.

–The defense is bad, too. Three errors? I thought the defense was supposed to be improved this year? (Votto, for all the good he’s doing with the bat, has looked brutal in the last couple of days in the field.)

–Not a good outing by CoCo, but he finally finished off the ‘Stros in the 9th and earned his fourth save.

–The pitching staff issued 8 walks. That has to stop.

ETC.
–Stormy Weathers, I love you, man, but you scare me to death.

–Reds can win the series tomorrow, and would ensure at least a .500 road trip. I’ll take it.

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