Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 9
Milwaukee 5

W: B. Arroyo (3-2)
L: C. Narveson (1-1)
BOXSCORE

POSITIVES
–Nice outing by Bronson Arroyo: 6.1 IP, one earned run allowed on six hits, four strikeouts, two walks. The quintessential Arroyo outing in some ways.

–Excellent day for Brandon Phillips: 3-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, 3 RBI. You can’t ask for much more than that.

–Jay Bruce actually hit a homer!

–Great day for Drew Stubbs up there at the top of the order: 3-5 with two runs scored, and a couple of nifty defensive plays.

Rock on, Bronson Arroyo (The Enquirer/Joseph Fuqua II)

NEGATIVES
–None. The offense finally returned.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Dusty shook up the lineup, moving Phillips to cleanup, Bruce to second, and dropping the Mohawked One to fifth in the order. It worked, in the third inning, at least, when the Reds scored six runs.

–After the night Phillips had tonight, Dusty may never move him out of the cleanup spot again.

–Drew Stubbs became the first Red to get two hits in one inning since The Greatest Red Ever (Adam Dunn) back in 2006.

–Milwaukee walked Bruce to get to Joey Votto. Is this Bizarro World?

–Good work by the Redlegs tonight, and I hope we’re all feeling a bit better. This game was certainly more fun to watch than most recent contests.

Let’s hope Mike Leake can steal game two of the series tomorrow evening.