Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 1
Chicago (NL) 3
WP: R. Wells (4-6)
LP: J. Smith (1-1)
SV: Marmol (15)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Joey Votto’s single in the 7th extended his on-base streak to 41 games.

–Bill Bray struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect 8th inning performance.

NEGATIVES
–Johnny Cueto needed 101 pitches just to get through 5 innings, his shortest outing since going 5 innings against the Cardinals on June 1.

–Jordan Smith’s first bad outing in a Reds uniform led to all 3 Cubs runs in the 6th.

–Chris Heisey’s base-running blunder in the 7th inning cost the Reds what ended up being their best chance to come back. Randy Wells was no-hitting the Reds until Heisey’s leadoff single in the 7th.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The Cubs had 10 hits, 9 walks, and left 17 runners on base. The Reds were definitely lucky to keep this game close, and it’s unfortunate that they couldn’t take advantage of it.

–The Reds cannot lose the division lead tonight, and it appears that they will retain their 1.5 game lead if the Brewers can hold onto an 8-run lead against the Cardinals.