Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Cincinnati 2
Washington 1

W: J. Cueto (9-5)
L: R. Detwiler (1-3)
S: F. Cordero (24)

–Johnny Cueto was excellent: 8+ innings, one run allowed on six hits, striking out five and walking none. The only blemish was a leadoff homer he allowed in the bottom of the ninth inning, before leaving the game. Still…Cueto has been just outstanding all season long.

–Classic Joey Votto line: 2-3, homer, 2 walks, RBI, run scored.

–Miguel Cairo had two hits, one of which was an infield single where Cairo really busted his tail to get down the line. He keeps delivering* when needed.

–Not a lot of offense tonight.

–*Cairo did commit an error, his second of the year.

–Cordero wasn’t good, though he wasn’t helped by a key error from Paul Janish. Fortunately, he left the bases loaded, saved by a double play ball to end the game.

–I don’t know about the Reds, but I definitely needed that win.

–I’ve enjoyed getting to see Davey Johnson the last couple of days. Best Reds manager since Sparky.

–Sheesh, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman is great. I love that guy. Really wish he played for the Reds. (Oh yeah, and he went to UVa too.)

–How good has Johnny Cueto been this year? I don’t think it can be overstated. He’s 9-5 with a 1.89 ERA, and he has just been dominant.

Okay, Reds go for the series win tomorrow.