Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 9
Pittsburgh 4
WP: Cueto (11-2)
LP: Karstens (2-7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–How about Paul Janish? Soft J, starting for the second straight game, was brilliant, going 3-3 with a walk, a homer, and 4 RBI.

–Johnny Cueto is an ace now. After today’s 6 inning, 3-hit, 1-run performance, Cueto stands at 11-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

–Arthur Rhodes was the only reliever who earned his money today, but then, he’s been earning it all year long.

–A lot of guys got right today:
Jonny Gomes: 3-4 with a double.
Joey Votto: two doubles and a walk.
Juan Francisco, making his first start since being recalled, went 3-5 with a double…and he only struck out once!
Chris Heisey: 2-5, 2 runs scored.
Laynce Nix: 2-4 with a triple.

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–With a win, Cincinnati takes the series. In their last 12 series, the Reds are 10-1-1. That’s what good teams do, you know.

–I can’t express how happy I am for Paul Janish, after getting ignored for two straight seasons.

–I know Jeff Brantley’s broadcasting has grown on some of you, but I’m not in that camp. He’s just terrible. I can’t stand to listen to him.

–One reason why I feel pretty good about Cincinnati’s chances of staying in the division title race until the bitter end: the Reds are 31-18 against NL Central opponents. Yes, that means they are .500 against the rest of the league…but the Reds play most of their games against Central opponents the rest of the way.

–That’s the way to finish off an opponent, ensuring that Cincinnati will remain in first place for at least one more day. Now the Reds head to Chicago, where I’d love to see them beat up on the stupid Cubs for three games.

–May we introduce a new sombrero?