Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 2
Cincinnati 12
WP: Harang (4-5)
LP: Moehler (0-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Are you kidding me? 12 runs, 18 hits, 6 homeruns tonight and 27 runs in the last two games against the Astros!

–Ramon Hernandez was 4-for-4 with two homeruns. He’s hitting .316 with a .412 OBP. The Reds have been getting great production from their catchers.

–Jay Bruce was 3-for-5, all for extra bases – two homeruns, a double, and he had 4 RBI.

–Drew Stubbs (three hits) and Miguel Cairo (two hits) each also homered in the game.

–Aaron Harang had his first quality start since May 8, which coincidentally was a 14-2 blowout victory. Harang threw 7 innings of 4-hit, 1-run baseball tonight. He struck out 4 and walked just two batters.

–Paul Janish is back from bereavement leave, contributing to the offensive outburst with a hit and RBI as a late replacement for Orlando Cabrera.

NEGATIVES
–None except for some injury news:

—-Joey Votto missed his fourth straight game with a sore neck. Cairo continues to more than fill his shoes, though. The pre-game reports said that Votto might be available to pinch-hit tonight. Obviously, it wasn’t necessary.

—-Ryan Hanigan goes on the 15-day DL with a fracture to the thumb of his left (non-throwing) hand. He doesn’t have an idea yet of how long he will be out.

—-Chris Dickerson was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Corky Miller, which means Dickerson will miss the entire month of June. Dickerson first went on the DL on May 1.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The team with the best record and the best offense in the National League continued to put on a show for the hometown fans. Tonight’s crowd was 36,918.

–The Reds are ten games over .500 and have homered in 18 straight games! Their 6 homeruns in one game is the most since they hit 7 against the Brewers on September 19, 2008.

–After winning their 5th straight matchup against Houston this season, the Reds have beaten the Astros 17 of 21 times, dating back to the beginning of 2009, for an .810 win percentage.

–The Reds win tonight combined with the Cardinal loss earlier in the day gives the Reds a two-game lead in the division. That lead guarantees that the Reds will be in sole possession of first place entering their 3-game series in St Louis starting Monday.

–It looks like a good night to pull out the Jay Bruce sombrero pic. Time to celebrate Jay!

Jay Bruce