Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL – 10 innings
Cincinnati 3
Chicago (NL) 2
WP: Smith (1-0)
LP: Howry (1-2)
S: Cordero (22)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–A rookie got his first major league victory. Congratulations, Jordan Smith!

–The other rookie, young Travis Wood, making his major league debut in historic Wrigley Field, pitched an incredible game. Through seven innings, Wood had allowed no runs on just two hits. Unfortunately, he began the eighth by walking two batters, giving Nick Masset the opportunity to come in and do what he does (blow games). So Wood didn’t get the win, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that he pitched wonderfully in his debut.

Great work, kid.

–I had a little fun with Jordan Smith above; he had a good game today (pitching a scoreless tenth inning), but he wasn’t the highlight. Let’s not forget, however, that this kid has pitched well, with a 1.04 ERA since being called up. Gotta give kudos for the Reds on calling Smith to the bigs when the Reds were in dire need of relief pitching.

–Cabrera, Votto, Rolen, Gomes, Bruce, and Corky all had two hits.

–Other than Wood, Jay Bruce had the highlight of the day. In the tenth, Bruce barreled into second base at full speed, breaking up what could have been an inning-ending double play. The double play wasn’t turned (and Drew Stubbs was running, so it was going to be close anyway), and Miguel Cairo scored from third with what turned out to be the winning run.

NEGATIVES
–The stinky Nick Masset returned, after disappearing for a while.

–Sixteen hits. Thirteen left on base. Ugh.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
Do not doubt the 2010 Cincinnati Reds.

–I LOVE beating the Cubs. Yes, that was a very ugly win. I don’t care. This team is so much fun to watch.

–Does anyone play harder than Jay Bruce? He plays hard every single day and never takes a play off. Bruce is like Ryan Freel, except he’s good and he’s not a spaz.

–Once again, we’ve been talking about this 14-game stretch before the All-Star break. Well, there are ten games left in that stretch now, and the Reds are 3-1. That’s good, Reds fans.

–Ten games over .500 and still in first place. I can’t believe how much fun it is to type those (and similar) words every day.

Jay Bruce