Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Philadelphia 3
Cincinnati 4
WP: Rhodes (3-2)
LP: Halladay (9-7)
S: Cordero (21)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
Chris: “Man, that’s awesome. Especially after last night. We keep saying it, but this team’s comebackability is something to see. Never out of it.”

–Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Reds the winning margin. Bruce was 2-4 today.

–Just when it looked like the Reds might not score against Philly ace Roy Halladay, Joey Votto took an excellent pitch from Halladay and deposited it over the right-field fence. Votto is just unbelievable.

–Brandon Phillips had two more hits from the leadoff spot, including a double. Ramon Hernandez had three singles. Jonny Gomes went 2-4 with a double.

–Arthur Rhodes’ scoreless streak now stands at one, after the good Arthur returned today. Logan Ondrusek got the Reds out of a tight spot in the 7th after Aaron Harang departed. Since returning from AAA, Ondrusek has given up just two runs in 10.1 innings.

–Harang’s outing was not bad: 6.1 innings, 3 runs allowed on 8 hits. He really only made one bad pitch. I’ll take that from the big guy.

NEGATIVES
–None. None, whatsoever.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–What a great win for the good guys. Down 3-0 with Halladay on the mound for the defending NL champs…no, I didn’t think the Reds had much of a chance of coming back.

Do not doubt the 2010 Cincinnati Reds.

–This team is so much fun to watch. Every single day, there is something entertaining about this team.

–That was the 25th comeback win for the Reds, which is the most in the majors. Cincinnati is also tied for the major league lead in wins in their final at-bat, with 14.

–The Reds finished June 14-13. Overall, they are 44-35. If they can play just one game over .500 the rest of the season, they will finish the year 86-76. I will take that!

–We’ve been talking about the 14 game stretch leading into the All-Star break, and how the Reds needed to win at least half those games. Well, they started out by taking two of three from the Phillies. Now, on to Chicago!

Jay Bruce

Joey Votto