Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

Final
Chicago 5
Cincinnati 7

WP: Ondrusek (4-0)
LP: Marshall (6-5)
SV: Cordero (35)
Box Score

POSITIVES
–Chris Hustle Heisey scored the go-ahead run on a great first-to-third move in the 8th, that forced Fukudome to wildly miss third base on his throw from right field. Heisey had a single, double, and scored two runs in 4 at-bats.

–Drew Stubbs was 3 for 5 in the lead-off spot with 2 stolen bases and three runs scored.

–Ramon Hernandez also picked up 3 hits in 4 at-bats

–Brandon Phillips appeared today as a pinch runner, and scored a run in the 8th inning.

–Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek, and Francisco Cordero were great out of the bullpen with 3.2 perfect innings. Cordero has gone 6 consecutive outings (7 innings) without allowing a run. He has allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 6 batters in that span.

–Nine different players contributed to the scoring today by either scoring the run or collecting the run batted in.

NEGATIVES
–Arthur Rhodes has blown his 2nd consecutive save. I’m a little worried based on his workload earlier in the year, though it is just two bad outings.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Combined with the Cardinals loss today, the Reds have their biggest division lead since May 18, 2002. It is their biggest lead this late in the season since 1995.

–If the Reds go 16-16 in their remaining 32 games, the Cardinal have to go 22-12 just to tie with Cincinnati. (Thanks, LVW.)

–BELIEVE!

Chris Heisey