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

FINAL (14 innings)
Chicago 6
Cincinnati 3
WP: Patton (2-1)
LP: Lincoln (1-1)
S: Guzman (1)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Another strong outing by Bronson Arroyo. He went seven innings, gave up only five hits and one earned run (though he committed an error that allowed a couple more to score). Arroyo has really been on a tear lately.

–Laynce Nix had three hits, including a double, and Ryan Hanigan had two hits. Of course. Those were the only Reds with multiple hits.

–Jay Bruce didn’t start, but he pinch-hit and got a double. Any good news for Jay Bruce is a positive right now, as far as I’m concerned.

–With one notable exception (see below), the bullpen was good. Six relievers shut out the Cubs over six innings. Carlos Fisher, particularly, was impressive. He struck out four batters in a row, including all three in the twelfth inning.

Wahoowa!

NEGATIVES
–Mike Lincoln is a complete disaster. After yeoman’s work by Arroyo and six other relievers, holding the Cubs scoreless after the third inning, Lincoln ruined all of that with one pitch. His first delivery after emerging from the bullpen was promptly blasted into the seats by Alfonso Soriano.

If the game weren’t over at that point (and it probably was: TOS*), Lincoln proceeded to allow two more runs by giving up three more hits and two bases on balls.

–Brandon Phillips did another one of his patented “let’s hot dog it instead of hustling” plays, which cost the Reds an out and possibly a run (and, consequently, possibly the win). Raise your hand if you are surprised.

–Jerry Hairston and Alex Gonzalez made particularly ugly errors. I know people want to give him time, and I know that George Grande and Chris Welsh think he’s the second coming of Ozzie Smith…but Gonzalez just isn’t a good baseball player at this point in his career. He’s just bad.

–It’s an absolute disgrace what we let Cubs fans do to Great American Ballpark during these series. Anyone that lives within driving distance is to blame. Every time I hear all those stupid Cubs fans cheering over something, it makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Then, in the bottom of the 14th, the only people left were wearing blue shirts, and it looked embarrassing. (Yeah, I know Lincoln drove most of the red shirts out of the stadium and into the bars, but still….)

ETC.
–Stupid Cubs.

–In this stretch against the Reds’ primary competitors in the NL Central, our beloved Redlegs put up a record of 3-7. We are really fortunate that the Reds didn’t lose more ground in the standings.

–Once again, the home plate umpire was terrible tonight. Baseball umpiring is in a lousy state right now.

–Boy, signing Lincoln to a two-year deal was a great idea. I really can’t disagree with this idea, or this one.

–The Reds and Cubs are now tied for third place in the Central, and things are starting to slip away. Hopefully, the Reds can get things back on track against the Natinals this week. “Washington: Good For What Ails You“.

*This Offense Stinks.