Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Chicago 2

W: B. Arroyo (8-7)
L: J. Russell (5-1)
S: A. Chapman (27)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Excellent outing by Bronson Arroyo: eight innings, two runs allowed on five hits. Arroyo was shaky early, but he settled down and pitched superbly.

–The beat goes on for Todd Frazier: 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Brandon Phillips was 3-5 with a double and two runs scored. Ryan Hanigan had two hits. Ryan Ludwick collected two RBIs on a double.

–Aroldis Chapman was Aroldis Chapman. Great.

NEGATIVES
–Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs — who hit at the top of the lineup for some reason — struck out three times each.

–Baserunning blunder by Ludwick cost the Reds a run in the eighth. Fortunately, they didn’t need the run, but we’ve seen some shoddy baserunning at times this season.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Two wins in a row!

–Nice outing for the Cubs by our old friend Travis Wood: seven innings of one-run ball. The Reds couldn’t get any traction until the bullpen took over.

–Reds try to take three out of four tomorrow afternoon, with Johnny Cueto on the mound.