Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 6
San Diego 5

W: H. Bailey (7-6)
L: C. Richard (6-9)
S: A. Chapman (10)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Aroldis Chapman is awesome. Just an incredible specimen. The Cuban Missile notched another save tonight by striking out the side. Even better, his strike threes were 101 mph, 100 mph, and 102 mph. Wow. Just…wow.

–Chris Heisey, irritated by the Juan Pierre rumors, went 2-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Todd Frazier also had two hits, including a double and two runs scored. The double was quintessential Todd Frazier. Hustling all the way out of the box, Frazier never slowed down around first base and just made it into second ahead of the tag. Then he jumped up, clapped his hands enthusiastically, a huge grin on this face. Gotta love this kid.

–Drew Stubbs homered in the first. Homer Bailey doubled, and drove in a run.

NEGATIVES
–Sean Marshall couldn’t do anything right tonight. He came into the 8th with the Reds clinging to a two-run lead, and promptly gave up three hits, a walk, and a run, while only recording two outs. Fortunately, Logan Ondrusek came in and put out the fire.

–The defense was pretty shoddy. Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce each made pretty bad errors. Bruce’s, in particular, was atrocious, as he dropped a fly ball that wasn’t an easy play, per se, but it was a play that he should have made.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–That was a struggle. Each time it looked like the Reds were going to take control, the Padres came back to tie the game. Well, each time until the last one. Redlegs escaped, and remain one game out of first place.

–Not sure what to say about Homer Bailey’s start; he didn’t appear to be particularly sharp, but he did pitch into the seventh, allowing only two earned runs, striking out eight and walking none. We could say, of course, that Bailey was victimized by the aforementioned errors…but he committed one of the errors.

–Before tonight, Chapman had pitched once in the Reds last twelve games. One inning pitched since June 26. This is probably the best pitcher on the team, and he never gets to pitch. Remind me again why everyone thinks it’s such a good idea to have him in the bullpen?

–The ol’ Redlegs can take three out of four tomorrow. That will give them a 6-5 road trip, and they’ll finish the first half nine games over .500. I’ll take that.