Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL – 11 innings
Los Angeles 11
Cincinnati 8

WP: J. Guerra (1-0)
LP: C. Fisher (0-3)

-Johnny Cueto turned in the kind of start I have been waiting to see from one of our starting pitchers.  Cueto went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3.  What makes me like the start even more is the fact that he went 7 innings and only threw 88 pitches!  Too bad the Reds bullpen could not hang onto the lead for Johnny.

Joey Votto went 2-4 with a homerun, single, walk, a run scored, and 3 RBI.  His 3-run homer off of Kershaw in the 6th inning appeared to put the Reds up for good.

Drew Stubbs, Brandon Phillips, and Ramon Hernandez had 2 hits each. They combined to score 4 runs.  Chris Heisey entered in the 7th inning as a pinch hitter.  He drove in 2 runs with a base hit and ended the game 2-3 with 2 RBI.

-Today’s Nick Masset was the April version. Masset allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in the 8th inning while only retiring 1 out.  Masset has been great of late.  Today wasn’t one of those great days.

-Billy Bray and Logan Ondrusek were not able to clean up Masset’s mess.  Bray walked the only batter he faced.  That batter would later score when Ondrusek served up a game tying grand slam to Matt Kemp in the 8th inning.

-Jonny Gomes went 0-3 and struck out twice.  His batting average is now down to .186.  Scott Rolen added an 0-5 day at the plate.

-Carlos Fisher looked bad in the 11th inning.  After allowing 2 runs, Fisher air-mailed the shortstop on what should have been an inning ending double play.  Two batters later, Fisher walked the pitcher who was making his first at-bat of the season.  When the dust settled on Fisher in the 11th, he had allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk in just .2 innings pitched.

-For 5 innings, the Reds batters looked helpless at the plate.  Clayton Kershaw faced 15 batters in the first 5 innings, allowing only 1 base runner when Joey Votto singled.  Kershaw promptly erased Votto on a pick-off at firstbase.  But after that 5th inning, the Reds bats woke up and scored at will on Kershaw.

-Games like this one just eat at you.  The Reds looked comfortably ahead, leading 7-2 going to the top of the 8th.  But 5 Dodgers runs later, the game was tied.  Then the wheels fell off in the 11th and a Reds win turned into a Reds loss.

-At just after 6:15 pm ET, Chad sent me a text asking if I could write today’s Titanic Struggle.  I agreed.  He then replied that today’s should be a fun one to write.  Perhaps we can blame Chad for the loss.  And no, this was not fun to write!

-The Reds will try to win the rubber match tomorrow and win another home series.  Hopefully Reds fans can pack the stadium again on Sunday like they did today.