Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 0
WP: Wood (2-1)
LP: Ohlendorf (1-9)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Travis Wood was outstanding once again, tossing seven scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, striking out four and walking just one. You just cannot ask any more than we’ve gotten out of this rookie.

–Drew Stubbs may have just gotten Wally Pipp‘d. Chris Heisey started in center field, and all he did was go 2-3 with an HBP, a double, and an inside the park homer. He knocked in a run and scored one. What a great game.

–Wanna know what a good leadoff hiter does? How about 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Good work by Brandon Phillips tonight.

–Russ Springer made his Reds debut, giving up one hit in a scoreless eighth inning. Arthur Rhodes, surprisingly, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

NEGATIVES
–Orlando Cabrera injured himself in the ninth inning. Let’s hope it isn’t serious, even if his absence won’t be detrimental to Cincinnati’s playoff chances.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Great way to open the road trip. Now let’s win the next five, please.

–The Reds are now 13 games over .500, which is a season high (as you’d already know if you read this blog).

–Travis Wood is the perfect example of someone getting their MLB chance, grabbing the brass ring, and refusing to let go. I love it.

–Joey Votto was out of the lineup tonight, as he evidently “tweaked” his right wrist. X-rays were negative. Wait and see.

–I think the Reds have to send Drew Stubbs down to AAA. I don’t want it to happen, and I’m still high on Stubbs, but we’re trying to win a pennant here.

Here’s a prediction: If Cabrera is out of the lineup for any extended amount of time, Cincinnati will call up AAA shortstop Zack Cozart and install him in the starting lineup (rather than handing the job to Paul Janish). Bet the ranch on it.

–The two pitchers for the Reds in the eighth and ninth innings? Yes, a combined 81 years old.

–We really need a Travis Wood sombrero…but this will do for tonight: