Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Cleveland 3
Cincinnati 5

W: M. Latos (5-2)
L: D. Lowe (7-5)
S: A. Chapman (7)

–Mat Latos pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk. Latos struck out seven. Excellent start.

–Brandon Phillips was 3-3 with two runs scored, 3 RBI, and a two-run homer that put the game out of reach.

–Joey Votto reached base three times, with two hits (including a double) and a walk. Ryan Hanigan — the man who should be batting second, in front of Votto — reached base three times as well.

–Perfect inning of relief for Sean Marshall.

–There is really no justification for Wilson Valdez hitting second in the lineup. There’s even less justification for doing it two nights in a row.

–Another nice performance against Ohio’s other major league team. The Reds have bounced back well after a tough series against the Pirates.

–With Pittsburgh’s loss tonight, the Reds are two games up in the Central again. Excellent. Everything is right with the world again.

–Have we ever mentioned that Votto is good?


–Hanigan’s OBP is .371. Tonight’s #2 hitter has an OBP of .224. You tell me which player should be batting in front of Joey Votto.

–Balls keep flying out of GAB:


–Finally, a little humor:


–Reds go for the sweep tomorrow!