Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 3
Houston 4

W: M. Melancon (3-1)
L: M. Leake (3-2)
BOXSCORE

POSITIVES
–Drew Stubbs was 2-5, with the homer that tied the game in the seventh. That homer had been immediately preceded by a Chris Heisey pinch-hit homer.

–Joey Votto was 2-4, with a triple. Ramon Hernandez had two hits.

–Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek, and Nick Masset were effective (to varying degrees) in relief, and none of the three allowed a run after Edinson Volquez’s poor start.

NEGATIVES
–Edinson Volquez stunk again, and it’s starting to look like Dusty Baker may be souring on him. Volquez was lifted after three four ineffective innings, in which he allowed three runs on three hits and five walks.

–Mike Leake blew the game in the ninth, retiring only one hitter before allowing a single and the walkoff double to Hunter Pence.

–Jonny Gomes had a hit in four trips to the plate, raising his batting average to .194.

–Cincinnati’s pitching staff yielded nine bases on balls. That ain’t gonna cut it.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The Reds fought gamely, but couldn’t pick up the victory. That ends a pretty good road trip, in which the Reds won both series, and four out of six games overall. I’ll take that every single time.

–Paul Janish made his return to the lineup, after missing four games with a sprained right ankle.

–Shouldn’t Chris Heisey be starting four times a week?

–Day off tomorrow, then a big series against the first-place Cardinals at Great American Ballpark. Are you going down to GAB this weekend?