Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Arizona 2

W: M. Latos (7-1)
L: R. Delgado (0-1)
S: A. Chapman (19)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Another very strong start by Mat Latos: 7.2 innings, one run allowed on six hits and two walks. Latos struck out thirteen Diamondbacks, which ties a career-high. Yeah, I’ll take that.

–Jay Bruce continues to destroy the baseball. Today, he was 2-4 with two more doubles.

–Zack Cozart was 2-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Shin-Soo Choo homered to lead off the game, and walked twice. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

–Manny Parra collected a tough out in the eighth inning to shut down a Diamondbacks rally before it could begin.

NEGATIVES
–Aroldis Chapman very nearly blew a save for the second consecutive day. Chapman gave up a run, two hits, and hit one batter in an eventful ninth. Ultimately, Chapman retired Willie Bloomquist on a fly ball to center to end the game; Bloomquist, a former Red, represented the winning run.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Well, the Reds avoided a sweep. That’s something

–Yes, Manny Parra secured an important out in the eighth inning. Still…please hurry back, Sean Marshall.

–Reds have a day off tomorrow before facing the Athletics in Oakland.

Source: FanGraphs