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

Cincinnati 5
Chicago (NL) 8
WP: Wells (6-4)
LP: Harang (5-11)

–I dunno. None, really. I’m sick of this nonsense. I guess I would count Ryan Hanigan and Willy Taveras combining for five hits as a positive.

–Aaron Harang hit a homer. I can’t believe I just typed that.

–Everything else. Jeez, this team is playing terribly right now.

–Alex Gonzalez is terrible. I know he’s trying as hard as he can, but he simply cannot play.

If the Reds don’t upgrade the shortstop position before 2010, there are going to be riots in the streets. If Gonzalez is on Cincinnati’s 2010 roster, I will shut down Redleg Nation.

–Harang wasn’t great, but the Reds had a chance to win until Daniel Ray Herrera and Jared Burton came in and tossed gasoline on the fire.

–This team is not fun to watch…and watching Dusty Baker make wrong move after wrong move doesn’t help matters any. Ever wonder why the Cubs ran him out of town?

–Jonny Gomes was a last-minute addition to the starting lineup. He certainly didn’t take advantage of the opportunity.

–The Reds have now lost 6 of their first 8 games of the second half. They are 7 games under .500 and 6.5 games out of first. Anyone who thought this team was a contender is being rapidly disabused of that notion.