Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
San Francisco 6
Cincinnati 7
WP: Rhodes (2-1)
LP: Mota (0-2)
S: Cordero (17)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Have we mentioned how awesome Arthur Rhodes is? This guy is unreal. His ERA is down to 0.33.

–Brandon Phillips is the man. Four for five, with a triple (a two-run triple that tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning), two runs scored, and two RBI…out of the leadoff spot? I much prefer BP to Orlando Cabrera in the leadoff spot. It isn’t even close.

–Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes each had a couple of hits and an RBI. Chris Heisey entered the game late, went 2-2 with a double and scored the run that tied the game. Wish they could get Heisey some more playing time.

–The bat boy, Paul Janish, got on base twice in four trips and played his usual brilliant defense (saving at least two runs with his glove, according to some accounts). At least he made some memories to take with him as he disappears to the bench for the next month!

–Francisco Cordero actually retired the Giants 1-2-3 in an inning!

NEGATIVES
–Mike Leake had his first rough start, going 4.1 innings and giving up five runs on eleven hits. Perhaps he was intimidated by that Strasburg kid from DC.

All kidding aside, young pitchers have rough starts occasionally. Nothing to be concerned about.

–Scott Rolen’s defense may be something to be concerned about. He made an error today, and we’ve already stated our concerns. Of course, a declining Rolen on defense is still better than a lot of 3B, and he still has sure hands usually, if his range isn’t what it used to be. Just sad to see.

Then again, if he keeps hitting like he has been, I’ll forgive almost anything.

–Nick Masset: great one inning, a disaster the next. Who knows with this guy?

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–This team just did what it’s been doing all season. After a rough patch, they rebounded for a great late-inning come-from-behind victory, and grabbed a sweep split of the series. All this after looking pretty bad for the five days or so previous. Kudos to Dusty and the boys. They keep battling.

–As Chris noted in the game thread, that was Cordero’s first “clean inning” since May 30. In 32 games (30 IP), he has exactly 8 clean innings.

–The Reds are now 1.5 games ahead of St. Louis. According to ESPN, this is the “latest in a season the Reds have been in first place since June 17, 2002, their final year at Cinergy Field. They finished 78-84 that year under manager Bob Boone.”

–Now the Kansas City Royals come to town, and the Reds must win two of three, at the very least. No excuses.