Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

St. Louis 4
Cincinnati 1

W: C. Carpenter (5-7)
S: F. Salas (17)

–Drew Stubbs had three hits and a walk in the leadoff spot, including a double (and some terrible baserunning). After all the pre-game complaining about Edgar Renteria in the #2 spot in the lineup, Renteria had two hits, including a double.

–Logan Ondrusek, Bill Bray, and Sam LeCure pitched effectively in relief.

–Bronson Arroyo gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk, in 6.2 innings. Oh, and he made an error, too. Not good.

–Reds left a bunch of guys (10) on base again.

–An error, baserunning errors by Stubbs and Chris Heisey, the aforementioned LOB. Just an ugly game, and one that the Reds didn’t deserve to win.

Milton is disappointed.

–Ugh. Just…ugh. I thought last night’s heroics were supposed to spur this club to bigger and better things???

–Reds missed an opportunity to get back to .500. Now two games under, again, and the club hasn’t won two in a row in 22 games.

–Yeah, he had two hits, but having Renteria batting second is just ludicrous. The guy has to play sometimes if he’s on the roster; I accept that. But there is no reason ever that he should be batting higher than 8th in the order. Ever.

Because he was batting second, Renteria got to bat again in the ninth. He struck out to end the game. Wouldn’t it be better to have a good hitter at the plate in that situation?

–I could not dislike Chris Carpenter any more than I do right now. The one good thing about tonight’s television broadcast was when Jeff Brantley called him a baby. That was great.

–Rubber game of the series tomorrow, with Homer Bailey on the mound.