Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Houston 2
WP: Arroyo (1-2)
LP: OSWALT!!! (2-3)
S: Cordero (8)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–The Reds beat Roy Oswalt for the second time in Oswalt’s career!!! Oswalt’s career record against the Reds now? Twenty-three wins, TWO LOSSES.

–This just in: that Jay Bruce kid is pretty good. He just continues to hit. Tonight, Bruce crushed a couple of balls, one for a double and one for a homer. He’s just studly right now.

–Bruce’s homer and Joey Votto’s two-run homer in the seventh were the big blasts, but in many ways, Drew Stubbs was the player of this game. Entering the game after Chris Dickerson was forced to leave, Stubbs only went 2-2 with a walk, scoring two runs. The important play, however, came in the fifth inning, when Stubbs singled and then advanced to third on a soft single to left. Stubbs saw that Carlos Lee was napping out there in LF, and he took off for third. It was very astute baserunning, and he scored when Joey Votto proceeded to ground into a double play.

That run got the Reds on the board, and it never would’ve happened if Stubbs hadn’t been paying attention and busting his butt the entire time.

–Very nice start by Bronson Arroyo: 6.2 innings, two earned runs on six hits. When Good Bronson shows up, he is incredibly fun to watch, with all that movement. At times tonight, he was masterful. Good stuff.

–Daniel Ray Herrera came in for Arroyo in the seventh, and proceeded to make our old friend Jeff Keppinger look silly. Who doesn’t love Daniel Ray?

–It must be said: Mike Lincoln has been very good lately. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

NEGATIVES
–Are you kidding?

ETC.
–Sweep!!! The Reds have now won four in a row, and they are back to .500 on the season. Nice. Very nice.

–Where are all the people that wanted to send Bruce to AAA after six games of this season?

–Chris Dickerson has a strained right wrist, and he’s returning to Cincinnati on Friday to have it examined. Don’t be surprised if Chris Heisey is called up to make his major league debut tomorrow. I can’t imagine the Reds would want to go into a series against the Cardinals with a 24-man roster. Then again, they did that crap all last year, so I probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

–Drew Stubbs is only hitting .197…but his on-base percentage is .316. When that batting average starts rising, we may have a legitimate leadoff hitter.

–Ryan Hanigan was 0-2, but he walked twice. This guy just keeps doing good things.

–Paul Janish has disappeared again. Anyone seen him lately?

–Look at that long list of positives above. Isn’t that great? Yes, the Astros are terrible, but the last three days have been a lot of fun.

–The second-place Reds now head to St. Looey to play the division-leading Cards.

–Any votes for the next sombrero pic? We had a Daniel Ray Herrera request on Twitter, and I wish I had a Bronson sombrero for tonight; anyone else I need to work on this weekend? Until then, it’s gotta be Bruce again: