Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
New York (NL) 8
Cincinnati 4

W: M. Harvey (2-3)
L: H. Bailey (10-8)
S: J. Rauch (3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but it certainly seems like Jay Bruce is beginning to go on one of his patented hot streaks. After homering in three straight games, Bruce went 2-4 tonight with two doubles, an RBI, an a run scored. Zack Cozart and Brandon Phillips also doubled.

NEGATIVES
–Not a good start by Homer Bailey tonight. Bailey gave up six runs — though only four of them were earned — in 5.2 innings. He gave up eight hits and surrendered three walks.

–The defense didn’t give Bailey much help tonight: Phillips, Scott Rolen, and Cozart all made errors. Yep, you read that correctly. You won’t see those three guys making errors in the same game very often.

–Jose Arredondo has been very shaky recently. Tonight he gave up two runs — one earned — in his only inning of work.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–That was a pretty ugly game, even though the Reds made a valiant comeback effort in the ninth inning. Still, the Reds won two out of three from the Metropolitans, and two out of three is always a good result.

–The Pirates won, so the lead in the NL Central has been cut to six games. Cardinals are playing now.

–You know, Jay Bruce’s numbers are good, solidly above-average, and they are getting better. As I’m sure you all know, we are unabashed Bruce fans here at the Nation, and we are unapologetic about that. Having said that: I still can’t believe that Bruce’s numbers are worse than the stats posted by Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier.

Let’s keep in mind, however, that Bruce is younger than Frazier, who is a top candidate for Rookie of the Year.

–The stupid Cubs come to town tomorrow for a four-game series. That’s good news. The Cubs are always good for what ails ya’.