Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

Milwaukee 3
Cincinnati 6
WP: Cueto (3-1)
LP: Coffey (1-1)
S: Cordero (13)

–Your Cincinnati Reds are in first place in the National League Central division, for at least one more day!

–Another very strong start for Johnny Cueto: 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 7 K, 1 BB. He’s now 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA. The 113 pitches concerns me, but I can’t argue with the results.

–Nick Masset was very good again. CoCo was not as bad as before.

–Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto each had a couple of hits, including a double and an RBI. Cabrera knocked in the go-ahead run (after Chris Heisey’s pinch-hit triple)…

–…but the big knock was the three-run homer by Jonny Gomes later in the inning, after Brewer hurler Todd Coffey intentionally walked Jay Bruce.

Redleg Nation loves Jonny Gomes.

–Daniel Ray Herrera was brutal tonight. He gave up three hits and two runs, and could only record one out. He was clearly not sharp, since he hadn’t pitched in about a month. (That’s what happens when your starters keep going deep into games.)

–Brandon Phillips had an error and another baserunning blunder. Sheesh.

–That’s eight wins in nine games. According to ESPN, the Reds haven’t been in first place this deep into a season since 2006.

–ESPN also said this, and I couldn’t agree more: “The move up has left the Reds’ diminished fan base a little giddy. Cincinnati is coming off nine straight losing seasons.”

–BP’s error ended a streak of 11 straight games without an error for the Reds. That’s the longest such streak by Cincinnati in 13 years.


Johnny Gomes