Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Oakland 2
WP: Arroyo (7-3)
LP: Braden (4-7)
S: Cordero (18)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Bronson Arroyo pitched eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits. He didn’t walk a single Oakland batter, and he played some fancy defense. I love this guy.

–Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips were each 3-5 with a double. BP continues to scorch the ball; Bruce hit a fourth ball hard, but it was stabbed by Mark Ellis.

–Scott Rolen and Chris Heisey were 2-4.

–I really enjoy when Joe Morgan joins the broadcast crew in the television booth. I don’t know why, but he’s much better than he is on ESPN. But…

NEGATIVES
–…early in the game, Morgan and Chris Welsh were talking about how great Orlando Cabrera has been this year. That stuff kills me. Orlando Cabrera has been nothing short of Taveras/Patterson-level awful.

Tonight, Dusty’s illustrious leadoff hitter went 0-5 again, and he also committed yet another error (plus he made two other terrible throws where Joey Votto bailed him out). He’s now “hitting” .243/.281/.333. That is pathetic, and I can’t take it any longer.

–Cordero has a win and a save in this series, and he’s pitched terribly both times. Okay, he wasn’t terrible tonight; he actually escaped without giving up a run, but not before allowing two hits to make it interesting in the bottom of the ninth.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–It’s another win. Neither of these victories in Oakland have been easy, but at least the Reds have secured a win in this series. That’s a refreshing change after the way the Reds have played recently.

–That’s seven wins for Arroyo in his last eight decisions.

–Let’s go for the sweep tomorrow!