Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (57-56) 9 15 0
Cleveland Indians (57-56) 2 5 1
W: Cueto (13-6) L: Tomlin (5-8)
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Positives

–Yet another outstanding start by Johnny Cueto. Cueto pitched a complete game, surrendering two runs on five hits. He’s now 13-6 with a 2.04 ERA, having won five consecutive decisions.

The Nation loves Johnny Cueto.

–The Reds took control in the second inning on the strength of…a Ramon Santiago three-run homer? It was Santiago’s first home run of the season (although he was robbed of a homer over the July 4th weekend, when a fan reached out and Bartman’d a ball).

–Jay Bruce had a big day: 3-5 with his 11th homer and two RBI. Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but it certainly appears as though Bruce is finally coming around at the plate.

–Lots of offense up and down the lineup. Zack Cozart had two hits, including a triple, and scored a couple of runs. Kris Negron had two hits, including a triple (according to the box score, or a double, as they said on television) that drove in a couple of runs in the ninth. Brayan Pena had two hits and a walk. Ryan Ludwick walked and singled.

Negatives

–Brayan Pena was caught stealing and gunned down at home. The play at home occurred in the ninth, and replays looked like Pena made a great slide to avoid the tag. On the other hand, the throw beat him to the plate by ten feet. Why in the world would 3B coach Steve Smith send Brayan Pena in that situation?

Not so random thoughts….

–Reds are back above .500, and they showed a little more spark tonight. Finally, that ten-game losing streak at Cleveland is over.

–How good is Johnny Cueto? (Answer: very good.)

–Crazy play in the seventh. A ball was hit over Bruce’s head in right field, and as he went to retrieve it and throw it back to the infield, another baseball came flying out of the Reds bullpen in the direction of second base. The Cleveland runner on third (David Murphy) saw the other ball laying in the outfield and took off for home, and upon realizing he was in trouble, wasn’t able to get back to base before the Reds applied the tag.

My description doesn’t do the play justice, I’m sure..

–The game ended in a walk-off replay. Murphy grounded to second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the umpire called him safe. The call was ultimately reversed and Cueto wasn’t required to throw another pitch to record his complete game.

–Nine runs and fifteen hits. Is this heaven?