Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Cincinnati 3

W: B. Morris (4-2)
L: A. Simon (5-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Homer Bailey was shaky at times today, but he did hold it together and gave a very solid start. It’s just too bad it wasn’t enough.

–Joey Votto went 2 for 4. It was his fourth two-hit day since Dusty gave him the day off. He does always seem to come storming back.

–We continue to experience the awesome side of Jay Bruce as he homered again today. Enjoy it while it’s here.

–J.J. Hoover did an excellent job on a day when the Reds really needed a reliever to step up.

NEGATIVES
–Simon and Cingrani didn’t exactly get it done today.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–A split against the Pirates is okay, but this felt like a game the Reds could win. And it’s so important right now for the Reds to not lose too much ground to the Cards right now that a 3 of 4 would have been really, really nice.

–Tomorrow the Reds are off to Arizona. Let’s hope for 2 of 3.

Source: FanGraphs