Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Milwaukee 2

W: M. Leake (8-4)
L: J. Hellweg (0-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Hey, that Mike Leake is pretty good. Leake pitched into the ninth inning today, giving up two runs on four hits in eight and a third.

–Good to see Shin-Soo Choo have a good game. Choo reached base four times (3-4, BB, 2B, 2 runs scored). Brandon Phillips had a couple of hits and three RBI, giving him 67 on the season.

–Jay Bruce was 2-4 with a walk, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

–Aroldis Chapman converted the save by securing the final two outs of the game.

NEGATIVES
–Zack Cozart actually reached base once today (on a walk), but that .261 OBP is awfully ugly in the #2 spot in the order.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Nice win, and I think we all needed it. As noted in the game thread, however, losing back-to-back series against the Mariners and Brewers is a bit deflating.

Then again, as was also noted, the Reds were two inches (Votto’s robbed homer to end Monday’s game) from winning this series. It’s a game of inches, I guess.

–My favorite comment from the game thread, however, was this one from msanmoore: “No Milton today!!

–Cincinnati’s leadoff hitter reached base in each of the first seven innings. It’s a wonder they didn’t score more than six runs.

–I used to say this about Drew Stubbs, but it applies to Cozart, too: if Dusty would just put him in the eighth spot in the lineup, I really wouldn’t have any problems with him.

–Three-game losing streak over. Time to head to Atlanta and get a winning streak going, I say.

Source: FanGraphs