Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Colorado 6
Cincinnati 3

W: C. Friedrich (2-1)
L: J. Cueto (5-2)
S: R. Betancourt (8)

–Joey Votto went 4-4. Is that good?

–Gotta tell you, I’m beginning to change my mind about Alfredo Simon. He looked very, very good tonight. Simon only gave up one hit in two innings, but no runs, and he struck out two. His fastball is pretty good, but his off-speed stuff looked incredible tonight.

I think I urge patience more than anyone in the world when it comes to baseball. Probably because I wanted to see Todd Frazier on the Opening Day roster, and Simon took that roster spot, but I wasn’t particularly happy about Simon being on the Reds. Maybe Walt Jocketty knows what he’s doing?

–In his wildest dreams, I doubt JJ Hoover could have hoped for a better start to his MLB career. He pitched another 1.1 scoreless tonight, and his ERA is down to 0.84.

–Ryan Ludwick had two hits. Prepare for the apocalypse.

–Rough outing for Johnny Cueto: 4.2 innings, 5 runs allowed on 11 hits. Not sharp.

–Chris Heisey and Ryan Hanigan were each 0-4.

–Jose Arredondo did not look good in the ninth, at all. He only gave up one run, on one hit and one walk, but the way it happened was pretty bad. Carlos Gonzalez reached, then Arredondo balked him to second. Gonzalez then stole third uncontested, and it was all Arredondo’s fault; he paid no attention to Gonzalez whatsoever. Of course, CarGo scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single.

Sure, that run meant nothing in the end, but if the Reds had been able to mount a rally in the ninth, it could have been ugly. And it was completely avoidable.

–Reds are playing great, and Rockies are playing awful. Of course the Rockies would win. Unpredictability…that’s actually one of the reasons I love baseball.


–Joey Votto is now hitting .314/.459/.575 on the season. Is that good?

–Arredondo was bad tonight, but he’s really been pretty good this season. Can’t be perfect every night.

–I’m glad the guy is getting a chance to play in the major leagues, but I’m not sure Mike Constanzo has any business being on a big league roster.

–New winning streak starts tomorrow.