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

FINAL
Chicago (A) 3
Cincinnati 4
WP: Arroyo (8-5)
LP: Contreras (2-6)
S: Cordero (17)
BOX SCORE

–I didn’t get to watch or listen to tonight’s game (though I followed parts of it on my phone), so I’m going to depend on you guys to clue me in to the positives and negatives I missed.

POSITIVES
–The top two batters in the order — Chris Dickerson and JHJ — were 4-7 with two runs scored. Plus, they played good defense. For some reason, that seems like a better performance than we’ve seen from the top of the order lately. Something was different, but I just can’t put my finger on it….

–The top five in the order all had at least one hit, and four of them had two hits. Laynce Nix, Ramon Hernandez, and Dickerson all had doubles. Brandon Phillips only had one hit, but it was a huge one, a homer that put the Reds ahead to stay. BP also had a sac fly to drive in a run. It’s amazing what can happen when the top of the order produces.

–Ryan Hanigan went 2-3 with a triple (?), plus a walk. Good grief, he just keeps producing, doesn’t he? His batting average is up to .325 and his OBP is .416. Simply outstanding.

–Decent outing by Bronson Arroyo: six and two-thirds, two runs allowed on only two hits. He struck out seven, but walked four. I’ll take that.

NEGATIVES
–Jay Bruce was 0-4, and grounded into two double plays. It doesn’t get much worse than that.

ETC.
–Did you know that BP is second on the Reds career list for homers by a second baseman (as noted in the game thread)?

–Back to two games over .500. Good stuff.

–Joey likes to beat the ChiSox! (Courtesy of loyal reader Scott)