Just minutes after some jerk-wad espoused that he had no confidence when Devin Mesoraco was at the plate after acknowledging that the young Reds' catcher had yet to have a hot "streak" in his career, the Pride of Punxsutawney, PA rocked a 2 run 'raco that put the Reds up for good in the Top of the 11th. Screw the 0 for 4, 3 K game he'd had previously, because if you hit the big fly that gets the proverbial monkey off the team's back, you get the nod. Props to Devin for playing daily while Ryan Hanigan rests his bum ankle during this series, too. I'm anxious to see Devin vs. Yu Darvish tomorrow; well, kinda.

Hat tips are due to Mike Leake, who labored through the Reds pulling a Shakesperian quality direction of "Cubs Defense" to toss 7 innings of 4 hit, 1 ER ball. Shin-Soo Choo also looked markedly better today with a leadoff HR and a single off a LHP (what!) as part of his 3 for 4, 2 BB day. Joey Votto also pitched in with 2 hits and a walk but pfffffft.