Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…

Cincinnati – 5
Chicago – 4
WP: E. Volquez (3-1)
LP: M. Garza (1-4)
S: F. Cordero (5)
Box Score

Jay Bruce hit a huge homerun in the 4th inning that gave the Reds a 3-1 lead.  Bruce now has 7 homeruns on the year.  He’s awesome!

– No other Reds batter managed to record multiple hits but Joey Votto did reach base to keep his streak alive and Edgar Renteria reached base 3 times via a base hit and 2 walks.  He also scored twice.

– Sam LeCure saved the game for the Reds.  After Volquez allowed the first two batters to reach (one of which came around to score), LeCure was able to manipulate his way out of a bases loaded, no out jam.  LeCure pitched 2 scoreless  innings, allowing one hit and striking out 2.

– Nick Massett and Francisco Cordero nailed down the 8th and 9th innings.  Cordero did walk the leadoff man in the 9th inning, but was able to record a double play on the next batter and closed the game.

– He got the win, but Edinson Volquez’s stat line wasn’t great.  He allowed 6 hits and walked 4 in 5+ innings pitched.  He struck out only 3.  Despite a 5.63 ERA, Volquez is 3-1.

– Aside from the 4th and 5th innings, I’m not really sure the Reds offense threatened the rest of the game.

Our fearless leader, Chad, was at the game today.  I have not heard from him since.  I am sure he has tweeted since the game ended.  Let’s hope he makes it out of Chicago safely.

– I did not watch the game, but did hear and read that Paul Janish was injured on a bunt attempt at 3b.  He stayed in the game and finished the full 9 innings.  Hopefully he’ll remain o.k. and in the lineup.

– The Reds and Cubs play a nationally televised game tomorrow.  That means I’ll get some other random game here in my Virginia market and won’t be able to watch the Reds for the 4th straight day.  I am having withdrawals.  Of course, we have won the last 3 that I have not watched.  Perhaps that should tell me something.

– That’s 3 wins in a row for the good guys.  I think that deserves another one of these….

Jay Bruce