Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 4
Cincinnati 6

W: H. Bailey (9-7)
L: B. Norris (6-11)
S: F. Cordero (34)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jay Bruce was 3-5 with 2 RBI. Juan Francisco and Dave Sappelt had two hits each. Brandon Phillips and Devin Mesoraco each homered.

–Homer Bailey was 3-3 with a run scored. On the mound, he gave up two runs on six hits over 7 innings. Good night for Mr. Bailey.

NEGATIVES
–Jose Arredondo and Bill Bray tried to let the Astros get back into the game.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Reds beat the Astros. Yippee. It’s the 101st loss of the season for Houston.

–We offer our hearty congratulations to Drew Stubbs on the occasion of his historic 200th strikeout of the season. As C. Trent noted — and you may be surprised to learn this — those Ks count only as 200 outs. Not 400 or 500, like some people seem to think.

–Reds got 14 hits tonight after totaling eight in the Milwaukee series.