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

FINAL
Cleveland 7
Cincinnati 6
WP: Vizcaino (1-1)
LP: Weathers (0-1)
S: Wood (7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Joey Votto. As if you didn’t remember why this team needs Votto, he reminded us. Two homers in his first two ABs after returning from the dizziness that has been plaguing him. Toss in a walk and four RBI, and one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the Reds cannot be competitive this year without the big guy in the lineup. Period.

–Ramon Hernandez continues to pound the ball, with a couple more hits including a mammoth upper-deck homer tonight. There are still serious questions about his defense (although he did play 3B tonight for the first time in his career!), his arm, and his ability to work with pitchers (tonight was a case in point; he and Bailey were having trouble working together), but his bat has made us forget Paul Bako, and that’s a good thing.

NEGATIVES
–Homer Bailey. Some in the game thread contend that there are positives to Bailey’s performance tonight, and I did see some good stuff at times. In the end, however, six walks is terrible. Not the impression Bailey wanted to make in what is probably his only start before being sent back to Louisville.

–David Weathers is terrible. I’ll never let him fool me again.

–The Reds left ten runners on base again. That’s not going to get the job done.

–Hairston and Hernandez had errors, again.

ETC.
–Brandon Phillips came up with a bloody thumb after fielding a hard-hit ball in the top of the 8th. He left the game thereafter. Hope that isn’t something that’s going to linger.

–This is a game that should have been won. Very disappointing.