Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 5
St. Louis 3

W: A. Chapman (1-0)
L: M. Batista (1-1)
S: F. Cordero (3)
BOXSCORE

POSITIVES
–Excellent come-from-behind win. The Reds (and the Nation) really needed that.

–The bullpen was outstanding once again. Aroldis Chapman, Logan Ondrusek, and Francisco Cordero tossed 2.2 innings of hitless ball to keep the Reds in the game. CoCo, in particular, was outstanding in picking up his third save of the season.

–Just when it looked like the Reds were going to roll over and die, Joey Votto hit a big two-run homer to tie the game.

–After an excellent Jay Bruce AB (where he drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game), Miguel Cairo came through in the clutch with a two-run single off embattled St. Louis ex-closer Ryan Franklin to give the Reds a 5-3 lead.

–Travis Wood wasn’t great, but he wasn’t bad: 6.1 innings, three runs on eight hits, five Ks, one walk. The Reds really needed Wood to pitch into the seventh, at least, and he came through in a big way.

Joey Votto (The Enquirer/Cara Owsley)

NEGATIVES
–For some reason, the stupid Braves were on my local Fox affiliate, so I didn’t get to see the game. I had to depend on Marty, which is great, and Brantley, which is miserable.

–TOS*. Only five hits.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–You can probably overestimate the significance of any win in April, but this one felt big. The Reds have struggled against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium for a long time now. It’s good to get one in a comeback fashion.

–The Cardinals made two errors and, as Marty said on the radio, that’s one of the most significant differences between our guys and theirs. St. Louis’ defense is porous.

–Classic Brantley: he spent a minute talking about how significant it was that Tony LaRussa was walking Votto in the 8th, because LaRussa just hates to issue intentional walks, according to Cowboy. Marty’s polite response: “Well, he has issued ten intentional passes already this season.” Brantley: “Wow!”

–A victory tomorrow equals a series win for the good guys, and that would be a great thing.

* This Offense Stinks.