Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh 4

W: J. Arredondo (3-3)
L: J. Hanrahan (0-3)
S: F. Cordero (26)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–The Reds battled back twice in this one. After going down 2-0, Joey Votto ripped a three-run homer in the sixth inning to give Cincinnati the lead.

Then, after Mike Leake had surrendered that lead, the Redlegs pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth to win. Ramon “Clutch Man Monie” Hernandez got the single that tied it, then Dave Sappelt (pinch-running for Ryan Hanigan) scored on a Brandon Phillips fielders choice for the fifth run. Nice win for the good guys.

–Hanigan reached base twice again, with a single and a walk. Same with BP, again in the leadoff spot, except he had a double and a walk.

–I can’t believe I’m typing this, but Jose Arredondo performed excellently in relief: two hitless innings.

NEGATIVES
–Leake gave up four runs in six innings. At times, he looked sharp. I guess that’s the best I can say. Frankly, this probably shouldn’t be under the “negatives” column. He wasn’t awful.

–Francisco Cordero was up to his usual tricks in the ninth, giving up a couple of hits before securing the save.

–Paul Janish was 0-3. Now “hitting” .220/.264/.273 on the season. That’s just spectacularly bad. No one thought he’d hit well, but no one saw this coming.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–I really shouldn’t enjoy a series victory against the Pirates as much as I’m enjoying this one. That’s a pretty sad commentary on the 2011 season, isn’t it?

–As many problems as Pittsburgh has given the Redlegs this year, we should be able to enjoy tomorrow’s off-day now.