Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Cincinnati 8
Houston 3

W: M. Latos (8-3)
L: W. Rodriguez (7-9)

–No homers, but the Redlegs were swinging the bats tonight. Todd Frazier was 3-5 with a double, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Brandon Phillips also had three hits (including a double) in five at-bats, and he scored a run and stole a base.

–Ryan Ludwick was 3-6 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Chris Heisey was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Ryan Hanigan reached base three times and drove in a run. Drew Stubbs had two hits, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Scott Rolen had an RBI double.

–Every Reds starter, other than Mat Latos, had at least one hit. Six Reds reached base more than once.


–The Reds extended their lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central to 1.5 games. St. Louis now sits six full games behind the Redlegs in the standings. Excellent.

–The Reds are now 16 games over .500, and they’ve won 12 of 14. Even more impressive, the good guys are 6-2 since Joey Votto went on the disabled list. If you aren’t happy right now, I don’t understand you.

–Mat Latos was pitching well until he appeared to hyper-extend his left knee while throwing a pitch in the fifth inning. He talked Dusty into allowing him to stay in the game, but things fell apart a bit and he allowed Houston’s first two runs before escaping the inning.

As he went into the dugout, Latos looked like he was in bad shape, as he tried to struggle down the steps to the clubhouse. I await word on his condition.

–Cincinnati’s 17 hits tied a season high for the club.

–I’m pretty sure that was the longest game in baseball history. Sure seemed like it, anyway.

–Life is good, friends and neighbors.