Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
New York Yankees 5
Cincinnati 2

W: I. Nova (7-4)
L: T. Wood (5-5)
S: M. Rivera (18)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Brandon Phillips had two hits and a run scored. Carlos Fisher pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.

NEGATIVES
–Paul Janish actually had a hit, but he made a bad error in the eighth that ultimately allowed the Yankees to score.

–Jose Arredondo really hasn’t been very good for a while. He gave up another hit, another walk, and another run in his only inning of work tonight.

–Another day, another poor performance by the offense. Cincinnati had only four hits as they entered the ninth inning. The offense has to start hitting again sometime, right? Right?

–With runners on the corner in the ninth and two outs, Ryan Hanigan strode to the plate as the tying run. Wait, what? Oh yeah, that’s right. Needing a homer to tie the game, Dusty Baker sent up a pinch hitter: Edgar Renteria. Renteria, of course, promptly struck out.

I can’t think of a single situation where I would ever want Edgar Renteria pinch-hitting for Ryan Hanigan.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–That wasn’t pretty. No way to sugar-coat it.

–Travis Wood, making the surprise start, went seven innings, but he gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out six. All four of those runs scored in the first inning. This is not good.

–The Reds are 1-6 in interleague play. I’m concerned that Cincinnati may have trouble with the AL once they reach the World Series.

–Go get ’em tomorrow, Redlegs.