Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle:

Final
Cincinnati – 11
Chicago – 4
WP: Wood (3-1)
LP: Diamond (0-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
-Jonny Gomes scored 4-runs and reached base all 5 times in the game.  He only had 1 official at-bat and singled.  He drew 4 walks in his other 4 plate appearances and was the first Reds player since 1977 to walk 4 times and score 4 runs in a game.

-Joey Votto joined Gomes by scoring 4-runs as well.  Votto joined Brandon Phillips as the NL Leaders in runs scored.  Votto went 2-5 with 2 RBI, a double, a homerun, and he also drew a walk. 

-Yesterday, Drew Stubbs broke free from his slump and today Jay Bruce did the same.  Bruce went 3-4 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  His 2-out double in the first inning plated the first 2 Reds runs of the game.

-Paul Janish went 2-5 and added an RBI.  Janish is now batting .301 with a .383 OBP on the season.  He also made a nice sliding stop early in the game to record an out

-Miguel Cairo went 2-6 with an RBI triple in the 9th inning.  Cairo’s triple sums up how the Cubs look right now.  On a routine fly ball to right field, Xavier Nady let the ball drift over his head and pop out of his glove.  The official scorer gave it a triple, but it should have been scored an error.

-Juan Francisco and Ryan Hanigan had only 1 hit each, but both had 2 RBI.  Both of Hanigan’s RBI came via a sac-fly.  Hanigan may be the best player in the lineup when it comes to getting a runner in from third and less than 2 outs on this club.

-Travis Wood was cruising along until the 7th inning.  He had surrendered only 1 hit and 1 walk through the first 6 innings but ran into trouble in the 7th.  He finished the game going 6.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.

 NEGATIVES
-None!

 NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
-The Reds swept the Stupid Cubs.  That was fun!  It was the first sweep the Reds had finished off since their sweep of Oakland back in late June.

-The Reds are now 16 games over the .500 mark!

-The Cardinals-Marlins game is still in a rain delay.  I’d love to see that drag out for a while, forcing the Cardinals to fly into Cincinnati later than they’d like to.  With that game in limbo, the Reds are sitting 2 games up in the division.  

-Who’s excited!? 

Joey Votto

Jay Bruce