Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…

Final  
Cincinnati 4
Chicago 3
WP: Ondrusek (3-0)
LP: Wells (5-10)
S: Masset (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
– Welcome back to the lineup Drew Stubbs.  Stubbs goes 3-4 with a homerun, double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  He scored the first run of the game after leading off with a double.  He then broke the 1-1 tie with his solo homerun to lead off the 8th inning.  If Stubbs turns it around, what will happen when Dickerson is finally called up?

– Paul Janish went 1-4 but had a key 2-out hit in the 8th inning that gave the Reds a huge insurance run.  Janish continues to make the most of his opportunity in the lineup.

– Laynce Nix hit the ball hard twice, but had nothing to show for it, going 0-3.  He did make an outstanding catch in LF early in the game that saved at least one run.

– Volquez was not particularly sharp, but got the job done.  I’ll take 1 run through 6.2 innings from Edinson every time out, however, I would like to see less 3-ball counts and less walks.  He allowed 6 hits and walked 4.  He struck out only 2.

– Logan Ondrusek continues to perform.  Ondrusek pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 innings.  He has not allowed an earned run since June 15th!

NEGATIVES
– Francisco Cordero was absolutely terrible.
Coco came in with a comfortable 4-1 lead only to try his best to blow it.  He walked the lead-off man, again, before striking out the next batter.  He then walked the next two batters before hitting Castro to force in a run and end his day.  His line was .1 IP, 2 runs, 0 hits, 3 walks, 1 HBP.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
– With the win, the Reds guaranteed themselves a winning road trip.  The Reds are now a season high 15-games over the .500 mark.  It would be nice to sweep the stupid Cubs and ride that momentum into the huge series with the Cardinals.  Despite their winning ways, the Reds have not swept their opponent in a series since June 21-23 in Oakland.

Brandon Phillips fouled a ball off of his left ankle in the top of the 8th inning and left the game in the 9th.  We need Phillips to be healthy for the Cards series.  Will Dusty give B.P. tomorrow off?  I’m sure Rolen is scheduled for a day off tomorrow as well.  I expect an infield of Votto, Cairo, Janish, and Francisco for the Reds tomorrow.

Is Cordero done as Reds closer?  I expect we will see Coco in to pitch the next time the Reds have a save opportunity, but with the Reds in a pennant race, this song and dance by Coco is really getting old.