Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle:
Cincinnati – 11
Chicago – 4
WP: Wood (3-1)
LP: Diamond (0-2)
-Jonny Gomes scored 4-runs and reached base all 5 times in the game. He only had 1 official at-bat and singled. He drew 4 walks in his other 4 plate appearances and was the first Reds player since 1977 to walk 4 times and score 4 runs in a game.
-Joey Votto joined Gomes by scoring 4-runs as well. Votto joined Brandon Phillips as the NL Leaders in runs scored. Votto went 2-5 with 2 RBI, a double, a homerun, and he also drew a walk.
-Yesterday, Drew Stubbs broke free from his slump and today Jay Bruce did the same. Bruce went 3-4 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI. His 2-out double in the first inning plated the first 2 Reds runs of the game.
-Paul Janish went 2-5 and added an RBI. Janish is now batting .301 with a .383 OBP on the season. He also made a nice sliding stop early in the game to record an out
-Miguel Cairo went 2-6 with an RBI triple in the 9th inning. Cairo’s triple sums up how the Cubs look right now. On a routine fly ball to right field, Xavier Nady let the ball drift over his head and pop out of his glove. The official scorer gave it a triple, but it should have been scored an error.
-Juan Francisco and Ryan Hanigan had only 1 hit each, but both had 2 RBI. Both of Hanigan’s RBI came via a sac-fly. Hanigan may be the best player in the lineup when it comes to getting a runner in from third and less than 2 outs on this club.
-Travis Wood was cruising along until the 7th inning. He had surrendered only 1 hit and 1 walk through the first 6 innings but ran into trouble in the 7th. He finished the game going 6.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.
-The Reds swept the Stupid Cubs. That was fun! It was the first sweep the Reds had finished off since their sweep of Oakland back in late June.
-The Reds are now 16 games over the .500 mark!
-The Cardinals-Marlins game is still in a rain delay. I’d love to see that drag out for a while, forcing the Cardinals to fly into Cincinnati later than they’d like to. With that game in limbo, the Reds are sitting 2 games up in the division.