Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Colorado 5
Cincinnati 4

W: J. Outman (2-0)
L: S. LeCure (1-1)
S: R. Brothers (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, including a double. Todd Frazier had two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI. Ryan Hanigan had a double and two RBI, and Xavier Paul had a pinch-hit double. Doubles for everyone!

–Homer Bailey gave up three runs in the second inning, but pitched very effectively otherwise. Homer went 7 innings, allowing only those three runs on six hits and one walk, striking out seven.

NEGATIVES
–Sam LeCure gave up the tying and winning runs in the eighth inning, on a Troy Tulowitzki home run.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–That was a very winnable game, and you always hate to see the Reds give one away like that. What are you going to do? It happens.

–We criticize Dusty Baker’s bullpen management as much as anyone, but does anyone really object to the use of Sam LeCure in the eighth inning with a one-run lead? Not me. I’ll take LeCure in that situation every time. Hope Dusty sends him back out there the next time the situation arises.

Of course, if he wants to bring in Aroldis Chapman in the eighth for a four-out save, I won’t object to that either.

–With the score tied 3-3, the Reds scored the go-ahead run on a balk by Colorado reliever Edgmer Escalona, of all things. The balk was called on that silly fake-to-third, throw-to-first move that is now illegal.

–You gotta love Tulowitzki. That guy can play.

–The game-winning homer by Tulowitzki was initially ruled fan interference, before replay confirmed that it was actually a home run. Still — and I know this will upset some of you — I’ll never understand why an adult wears a baseball glove to the game. Unless said adult is actually playing, of course.

–I’m still entertained over the absurd decision by Colorado manager Walt Weiss (the second-best player to win Rookie of the Year in 1988) to intentionally walk Cesar Izturis. Why would someone do that? It defies explanation.

–Homer Bailey really settled down and kept the Reds in the game. I love that guy.

–Todd Frazier has finally started hitting, and that’s a good thing. On the season, he’s now hitting .253/.342/.418. Let’s hope that continues to rise.

–The Reds may have been able to tie things up in the bottom of the eighth, but Donald Lutz forgot how many outs there were, and was doubled up on a long fly ball to center field by Ryan Hanigan. Just an ugly blunder, and one that a rookie really can’t get away with.

Source: FanGraphs