Time for a recap of today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Atlanta 2
Cincinnati 8
WP: Owings (1-2)
LP: Kawakami (1-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–I think it’s safe to say that Jay Bruce is back (.286 BA, OPS over 960). Two homers today, 3-3, a walk, 4 RBI. Very nice.

–Micah Owings didn’t give up a run until surrendering a homer to former Red David Ross in the 7th. Good outing for the big guy, and he even collected a double in a 2-3 day at the plate. You absolutely cannot ask for anything more out of your fifth starter.

–Joey Votto: two doubles, 3 RBI. He just keeps hitting.

–Two more hits for Ramon Hernandez. He’s certainly looked better at the plate lately.

NEGATIVES
–Edwin Encarnacion. He’s a disaster.

–Brandon Phillips. See below.

ETC.
–Good showing today, after a rough couple of games on Friday and Saturday. Roy Oswalt and the Astros are back tomorrow, to face Johnny Cueto.

–So much more enjoyable to watch when the offense is hitting the ball.

–I’m really tired of Brandon Phillips’ antics. In the fifth inning, The Face of the Franchise hit one off the wall and (in Thom Brennaman’s words) barely jogged down to first like he was admiring his homer. Well, it didn’t go out, and his loafing cost the Reds a double. Then he jogged down again in the 7th on an infield grounder instead of trying to beat it out.

Why is Brandon Phillips allowed to get away with hot-dogging and loafing? Thom on the radio, and Chris Welsh/George Grande on the television broadcast all called BP out on the loafing. Why aren’t they complaining about it on talk radio? Junior Griffey used to get hammered for the same stuff.