Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 8
Chicago (NL) 7

W: N. Masset (2-5)
L: S. Marshall (5-5)
S: F. Cordero (20)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Todd Frazier was the key to the offense today: 2-4 with a homer, a double, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. The kid looks like he’s having a ton of fun out there, too. Glad he’s finally a Red (for the record, I wanted him in Cincinnati last year.)

–Aroldis Chapman is not mortal. In the eighth, he struck out the side and it was clear that he was playing a different game than everyone else on the field.

–Nice debut by Dave Sappelt, who made a couple of very nice plays in left field, got his first major league hit, and scored a run.

–Chris Welsh attributed it to being more comfortable lower in the order; I don’t know it that’s true, but Drew Stubbs looked good at the plate today. He went 2-3 with a homer, a walk, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Productive.

–Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan each had two hits.

–Excellent ninth by Francisco Cordero to secure his 20th save.

NEGATIVES
–Nothing’s ever easy for this club. They blew a big lead again, before rebounding to take the lead again.

–Logan Ondrusek gave up three runs in one-third of an inning. He’s been brutal lately…and speaking of brutal, Nick Masset came into the game and threw gasoline on the fire. Masset surrendered a double, a walk, a wild pitch, and Cincinnati’s lead in the game.

And, of course, after his pathetic performance, Masset got the win. There is no more ridiculous stat in baseball than the “win.” It’s a meaningless statistic.

–One of the runs assessed to Bronson Arroyo should have been unearned, because Stubbs botched a fly ball that was inexplicably ruled a double.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The Reds just dropped two of three to the two worst teams in the division…and they moved up to third in the standings. Baseball is a funny game.

–Since the All-Star break, Ondrusek has given up seven runs on twelve hits and five walks in eight innings pitched. Brutal.

–Speaking of pathetic relief, as Lance noted, in Masset’s last ten appearances, he has faced 40 batters faced. Of those batters, 21 reached base: 17 hits, 4 walks, 7 runs allowed. And that doesn’t even take into account the inherited runners he permitted to score.

I’m a Masset fan, but when he is bad, he is very bad.

–Back home tomorrow to begin a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies.