Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Houston 4
WP: Rodriguez (8-11)
LP: Leake (7-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Joey Votto had two of the Reds three hits, one of which was a double.

NEGATIVES
–The bullpen let down Mike Leake, as usual. Leake was cruising until the seventh, but in a flash, a winnable game got out of hand. The damage could’ve been contained, but Arthur Rhodes couldn’t stem the bleeding. Hard to get too mad at either Leake or Rhodes, considering how good they’ve been this year.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The Reds have now been shut out six times on Sunday. Today’s lineup wasn’t awful, but you’d think Dusty would reconsider his ordinary Sunday JV lineup when presented with this evidence.

–I always look forward to the Sunday afternoon contest, only to be disappointed nearly every single week.

–Off to Milwaukee. If the Reds can take two of three as they just did in Houston, it will be a successful road trip. Plus, I have it on good authority that there will be at least one Redleg Nation t-shirt present at Miller Park this week.

–Ugly game: