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

FINAL
Houston 1
Cincinnati 7 6
WP: Arroyo (7-3)
LP: Paulino (1-4)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Smiling side of the scoreboard! Six games over .500, 1.5 out of first place, and just a half-game out of second place right now. They’re hanging in there, aren’t they?

–Jay Bruce! Where has this Bruce been? Two homers and a triple tonight; he’s now hitting .241/.315/.536 with 14 homers. Anyone who has a problem with those numbers is a complete moron. The kid is 22 years old! Yeah, I want to see that OBP come up eventually, but…he just turned 22!

–Bronson Arroyo was simply brilliant tonight. A complete-game victory, giving up just a single run while throwing only 92 pitches. Yeah, the Astros are terrible, but Bronson was on tonight. More starts like that, please?

–As Marty said tonight: “Here’s Ryan Hanigan, with two hits tonight, but what’s new?” Toss in a walk, and all of a sudden, Hanigan is hitting .328/.403/.397. Toss in his gun of an arm, and you have a pretty productive backup catcher.

–Jerry Hairston had a couple more hits, including another homer. I hope he stays hot, because he has been a big part of what’s going on here.

NEGATIVES
–NONE!

ETC.
–Game time was two hours and eight minutes. Wow. Thanks, Bronson.

–Bronson Arroyo is 7-3. With a 5.12 ERA. Oh yeah, and he leads the National League in wins, and is behind only Roy Halladay and Zack Greinke for the major league lead. That’s absurd.

–Reds are now 13-12 at home, 13-8 on the road, and they’ve won four in a row. Hope the momentum doesn’t disappear with tomorrow’s off-day. It’s off to Milwaukee on Friday.

–Are you having fun?