Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Cincinnati 12
San Diego 2

WP: Bailey (4-3)
LP: Richard (13-9)

–Great work by Homer Bailey, as he makes a bid for the post-season rotation. Bailey gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out 6.

–Chris Heisey had a double, a homer, and a career-high 4 RBI. MVP Joey Votto was 2-4 with a homer (his 37th), three RBI and three runs scored.

–Jonny Gomes was 2-3; Brandon Phillips hit a 2-run homer, plus a walk and two runs scored.

–None. This is all terribly exciting.

–Okay, I needed a game like that. The Reds have now won 90 games this season, if you believe what George Grande tells you (and 87 wins if you believe what the standings say) and the magic number is down to one!

–Cincinnati scored as many runs (6) in the 8th inning today as they did in the first two games of the series.

–I don’t have the first idea what the Reds will do with respect to their post-season rotation. I don’t know how they’ll choose between Wood, Volquez, and Bailey.

–The Reds will clinch tomorrow if the Pirates can beat the Cardinals. If St. Louis wins, the Reds will be able to clinch at home on Tuesday vs. the Astros (and I’ll be there!).

Chris Heisey