Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

Cincinnati 6
Houston 1

W: J. Cueto (5-2)
L: E. Bedard (4-11)

–Johnny Cueto got that elusive fifth win tonight. Of course, he hadn’t pitched since June, but he looked pretty good in five shutout innings.

–Zack Cozart drove in four runs with a two-run homer and a two-run single. Jay Bruce reached base three times, going 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBI. Joey Votto also reached three times, with two hits and a walk.

–Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect inning.

–Same old nonsense: brain-dead baserunning. Bruce was nearly out at home when he didn’t slide, and Cozart and Ryan Ludwick combined on another classic Reds TOOTBLAN.

–Good win against a bad team. I haven’t changed my mind about anything I said yesterday. But the Reds are my favorite baseball club, and I like when they win games against other major league baseball franchises.

–Pirates lost, so the Reds picked up a game on those guys. Still waiting on a Cardinals final score. Not that it matters. The Redlegs aren’t going to win the National League Central division.

–Remember the Astros? It’s strange to be playing these guys while using a designated hitter.

–I’m glad the Reds didn’t trade Votto for tonight’s Houston starter, Erik Bedard, as some people advocated a few years ago.

Source: FanGraphs