Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: G. Reynolds (1-2)
L: J. Nicasio (8-7)
–Greg Reynolds pitched eight solid innings against the team that made him a first-round draft choice, allowing three runs on seven hits. It was the first major league win in two years for Reynolds, and it came at a perfect time, after last night’s debacle.
–Brandon Phillips finished a single short of the cycle tonight, going 3-5 with two magic RBI. That gives him 99 RBI on the season, which is the most on the Reds, so he is clearly the best player at any level of this franchise. Then again, BP was 0-2 with runners in scoring position, so maybe he’s the worst player.
–Shin-Soo Choo reached base four times, going 3-4 with a double and a walk. He only had one RBI, though, so it wasn’t a very good game for Choo.
–Ryan Ludwick went 3-5, but more importantly, he had two RBI. Joey Votto had two RBI, as well, but they don’t count, if I understand the narrative correctly.
–Sam LeCure struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning. That’s the Sam LeCure we all know and love.
–Zack Cozart made his twelfth error of the season.
–After Bronson Arroyo caused the bullpen to work a little yesterday, it was good to see Greg Reynolds — of all people — pitch eight quality innings.
–Reds will go for the series win tomorrow, with Mike Leake on the mound.
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