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

Cincinnati 2
Washington 3
WP: Tavarez (2-4)
LP: Herrera (0-2)
S: Beimel (1)

–Any time you take two of three, it’s a positive. I’m going to keep telling myself that.

–Micah Owings wasn’t bad, though. You can’t ask for much more out of your fifth starter than five and a third, four hits, one run. I wish he hadn’t walked so many (four), which caused his pitch count to rise, but I’m not going to complain about that effort out of a fifth starter.

–**&&%#%#$&*%#@!&&(%#! TOS*

–Headline at ESPN: “Nats sneak by Reds after Phillips’ gaffe in eighth

–Here are the two guys at the top of the Reds order: .250/.302/.426 and .238/.294/.301. Pattersonesque. Is there any wonder the Reds can’t score any runs?

–Everything else was a negative. I’m too frustrated after watching this mess to enumerate all the negatives about today’s game. Let’s just forget about it, and go on to Kansas City.

–TOS* The Reds can’t score any runs, even against the worst pitching staff in baseball. Does anyone think this brand of baseball is fun to watch?

–Please hurry back, Joey Votto and Edwin Encarnacion. Please? I’m begging you.

–As Muddy Waters (and many, many others) sang so memorably: “I’m going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here I come.”

*This Offense Stinks.