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

FINAL
Cincinnati 3
NY Mets 0
WP: Arroyo (9-8)
LP: Nieve (3-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Smilin’ side of the scoreboard! The Mets are awful right now (and they just got worse) but they’re still professionals. I’ll take a win like this every single night.

–Who was that pitcher for the Reds tonight? Bronson Arroyo? Never seen him before.

Certainly, it’s been a while since we’ve seen this version of Arroyo. He tossed a complete game shutout, giving up only four hits. He struck out five, walked none, and didn’t allow a Met to reach second base. Arroyo’s pitches were moving all over the place. Unbelievable.

As bad as Arroyo has been lately, no one could have seen this coming. Again, I don’t care that the Mets were fielding a pathetic lineup. Still a brilliant start by Bronson. Kudos!

–Joey Votto was the only Red with two hits (this isn’t going to be the last time I type that in a recap), one of them a solo homer in the 4th that gave the Reds what proved to be the winning run.

–Laynce Nix hit a homer. Jonny Gomes was evidently excited in the dugout. He’s pretty excited at the bottom of this recap, too.

–Brandon Phillips stole home. Cool. It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing steal of home, but cool nonetheless.

–Ryan Hanigan went 1-3. He keeps playing well, whenever he gets a rare chance to play.

NEGATIVES
–None. Well, there’s one, but I’m tired of writing about our centerfielder.

ETC.
–Wow, the Mets are terrible, aren’t they? They are a completely different team than the club we faced in the opening series. I think David Wright is the only legit major leaguer in that lineup.

–I really enjoyed listening to the Mets broadcasters (on XM) make fun of how terrible our centerfielder is for part of an inning. Thanks, Dusty. Yep, I really enjoyed listening to that.

–On that subject, how is it that Jay Bruce is better offensively and better defensively than the centerfielder, yet Bruce is the one that gets benched? Perhaps Dusty can explain that to someone…ya know, if someone would ask him.

–Wow, Bronson Arroyo was masterful, wasn’t he? The Reds really needed that.

–Johan Santana is slated to pitch for the Metropolitans tomorrow, so the Reds will have their work cut out for them.