Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 12
Milwaukee 4
WP: Ondrusek (2-0)
LP: Gallardo (9-5)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Twelve runs on nineteen hits. More of that, please.

–Logan Ondrusek was the star, as far as I’m concerned. This was a shaky game because of Edinson Volquez’s wildness, despite the Reds lead, until Ondrusek came in and shut down the Brewers over two and a third innings. No runs, no hits, one walk, three strikeouts. Great outing.

–Three Reds had four hits tonight — when’s the last time that happened? Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, and Scott Rolen did the trick tonight. BP had two doubles and two RBI, Joey Votto scored three runs, and Scott Rolen drove in three.

–Outstanding work by the other Reds relievers: Bill Bray, Jordan Smith, and Carlos Fisher. Those guys combined with Ondrusek to shut out the Brewers on three hits.

–Ramon Hernandez had two doubles and three RBI; Orlando Cabrera had three hits.

NEGATIVES
–I love all the runs, but that was a brutal game to watch in some ways. It lasted about six hours, and the pitchers threw over 700 pitches. Or so it seemed.

–Edinson Volquez was not sharp…again. Three and a third innings, four runs on six hits, three strikeouts and four walks. The road back from surgery is going to be rocky sometimes; today wasn’t a day that Volquez will remember fondly.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Reds are back in a tie for first place in the NL Central.

–Ondrusek hasn’t given up a run in 17 2/3 innings. Wow.

–Amazingly, the Reds scored all those runs without hitting a homer. Also amazing that they beat up on Yovani Gallardo, who is a pretty good pitcher.


Scott Rolen


Joey Votto