Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 8
San Francisco 3

W: M. Leake (10-4)
L: C. Gaudin (4-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Joey Votto was 2-4 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI. Brandon Phillips was also 2-4, with two runs scored and two RBI. Jay Bruce was 2-4 with a double and a walk. Todd Frazier reached base three times, with a double and two walks.

–Sam LeCure entered the game with bases loaded and no outs in the seventh (a mess inherited from Mike Leake), and he escaped the jam. Great work by the mustachioed wonder.

–Mike Leake only gave up one run in 6+ innings, but he wasn’t very sharp. Leake surrendered 12 hits, and he loaded the bases without retiring a batter in the seventh (and had to be bailed out by the King of Facial Hair). Leake also had three hits at the plate (including a double), tying a career high.

–Another two-hit night, and two more RBI for Devin Mesoraco. Mes is now hitting .262/.327/.405. This is real progress, Reds fans.

NEGATIVES
–Joey Votto made another error. His defense has really been off this year.

–Logan Ondrusek stunk it up in the eighth inning. He wasn’t helped by a Todd Frazier error, but he gave up a couple of runs (only one earned) on three hits, and he wasn’t fooling anyone. I shudder to think what might have been if LeCure hadn’t snuffed out the rally one inning before.

Ondrusek did pitch an effective ninth to close out the game.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–I’ve had a good time watching the Reds beat the devil out of the Giants, but these have been some long games.

–The Reds are 6-1 in their last seven games against San Francisco.

–We’ve been hoping the Reds offense would wake up. Well, Cincinnati had 10+ hits in each game of this series. They had 55 hits in the four games. That’ll do, Redlegs. That’ll do.

–Submitted without comment: Devin Mesoraco: .262/.327/.405. Brandon Phillips: .265/.314/.407.

–The Reds bullpen hasn’t allowed an inherited runner to score this entire month.

–Okay, great series, the second straight good series for the Reds since the All-Star break. No, the good guys aren’t really making up any ground in the division race, but if they keep playing well, those things will work themselves out.

–On to the City of Angels!

Source: FanGraphs