Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Atlanta 2
Cincinnati 5
WP: Arroyo (11-6)
LP: Jurrjens (3-4)
S: Cordero (28)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Scott Rolen was the hero of today’s contest, going 2-3 with a double, a homer, a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. How good has Rolen been, when he’s healthy?

–Jay Bruce had a key RBI, knocking in the tying run in the 7th inning when it was looking like the Reds might not be able to come back. Glad to see that.

–Ryan Hanigan had the double that won the game, knocking in two runs…and he circled the bases on the same play, as Atlanta CF Melky Cabrera made the worst throw in the history of baseball. One of the more exciting plays we’ve seen in a while.

–Bronson Arroyo had some problems early, but he settled down and ended up pitching an good game. Seven innings, four hits, one earned run. Have I mentioned that he’s my favorite Red?

–Good work by Nick Masset in the eighth.

NEGATIVES
–Francisco Cordero got the save, but he gives me a heart attack every single time he steps on the mound.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–I enjoyed today’s win as much as I’ve enjoyed any win all year. Why? Because my Braves-fan brother was sitting in my living room, watching with me. Very satisfying.

–I love Dusty Baker’s description of Hanigan’s big hit:

“That was crazy,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I was looking down when it happened, and I thought it hit a post or something. That’s the only way he’s going to get a Little League, inside-the-park home run.”

–Second straight sellout at Great American Ballpark. Tomorrow should be the third straight, the first time the Reds have done that since 2004.

–Fun, fun game:

Scott Rolen