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

Pittsburgh 5
Cincinnati 11
WP: Lehr (4-1)
LP: Morton (3-7)
S: Owings (1)

–Eleven runs? Who needs Joey Votto?

–We loves us some Jonny Gomes here at the Nation. Another fine night: 3-4, a double, 3 runs scored, an RBI. He just keeps producing.

–Wladimir Balentien was 2-3 with a HR, a BB, and two RBI. The more I watch Balentien, the more I like him.

–Craig Tatum had 2 RBI in his major league career before tonight. Tonight, Tatum was 2-4 with 4 RBI. Outstanding.

–Also with multiple hits: Kevin Barker (2-4, 2 RBI) and Brandon Phillips (2-4, 2B, BB).

–Micah Owings gave up one run over 3 innings of relief to earn his first save.

–None. What about that?

–Justin Lehr hasn’t been particularly good for the Reds this year (other than his first start), but he’s certainly been serviceable. There’s some value in that.

–Wow, a Micah Owings sighting. Remember him?

—-Besides hitting a double, Paul Janish was involved in 3 double plays (as was Phillips). I swear, if Janish could put up an OBP of .330, I’d start him at SS and hit him 8th next year (provided BP isn’t going to be moved to SS, and Orlando Hudson acquired). Janish’s defense is really, really good.

It’s amazing how much better Janish is than Alex Gonzalez was this season. Too bad Dusty Baker couldn’t see that.

–Can we play the Pirates every game for the rest of this season? Please?