Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 6
Cincinnati 15
WP: LeCure (1-0)
LP: Rodriguez (2-7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Let’s hear it for Redleg Nation favorite Jonny Gomes! Gomes went 4-4 at the plate, with a triple, a homer, a walk, and four RBI. That’s five times on base, and only a double short of the cycle. On the year, Gomes is hitting .316/.364/.559 with 7 homers. Yes, that’ll do.

–Not a bad major league debut for Sam LeCure. The rookie went 6 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out five while walking four. LeCure wasn’t particularly sharp, but he battled and worked his way out of trouble all night and really earned that first major league victory.

–Miguel Cairo (double) and Brandon Phillips (homer) each had three hits, and Ryan Hanigan and Scott Rolen (double) each had two. Hanigan also walked twice; his OBP is now .468. Unreal.

–Drew Sutton entered the game as a pinch-hitter and delivered two hits in two times at the plate, including a grand slam in that pinch-hit plate appearance.

–Micah Owings continues to be pretty good.

NEGATIVES
–Has anyone noticed that Mike Lincoln stinks? He gave up four runs on five hits in just an inning and two-thirds. Lincoln’s ERA is now 7.50. That two-year contract the Reds gave him before last season has been one of the worst signings imaginable. Not quite Eric Milton-esque, but pretty bad nonetheless.

–Joey Votto missed his third straight game with a sore neck. Cairo is doing his best Votto impression, though.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Well, that was fun. It was also fun for a nice crowd of more than 30,000. Good work, Reds fans.

–The Reds are nine games over .500 for the first time since 2006. That’s 22 wins in 31 games. In addition, they’ve homered in 17 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in franchise history.

–I couldn’t be happier for Sam LeCure.

–Wow, the Astros are bad.

–The last time the Reds had a pinch-hit grand slam? Sept. 4, 2005 at Atlanta, by our old friend Jason LaRue.

Johnny Gomes