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

FINAL
San Diego 3
Cincinnati 2
WP: Correia (7-8)
LP: Arroyo (10-10)
S: Bell (25)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Edwin Encarnacion had two hits, including a double.

–Bronson Arroyo’s outing may have been just good enough to entice one of the five scouts who were sitting behind home plate. Unless Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty decide the Reds are still contenders and try to do something dumb like trade for Scott Rolen or something.

–Willy Taveras and Alex Gonzalez didn’t go 0-10 at the top of the order. They only went 0-8. That’s a positive, isn’t it?

NEGATIVES
–TOS*

–The Reds have 12 hits in two games against a team — the Padres — that is now 5-20 in the month of July. They’re worse than us, yet we can barely put the ball into play.

–Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Edwin Encarnacion didn’t drive in a single run tonight. They really suck.**

ETC.
–ESPN headline sums it up: “Kouzmanoff powers Padres by free-falling Reds”. Free-falling, indeed.

–The Reds have now lost 13 of their last 17 games. They are 3-9 since the All-Star break. I’m starting to think the Reds may not make the playoffs in 2009.

*This Offense Stinks.

**Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that Dusty Baker puts together a lineup every single &*#(#(%&%ing day with two guys who can’t get on base. Maybe Votto, BP, and EE could get some RBIs if the table-setters could actually set the &(*)([email protected]%)&# table.