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

FINAL — 12 innings
Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 2
WP: Owings (7-12)
LP: Kawakami (7-11)
S: Cordero (33)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Sweep!

–The go-ahead runs for the Redlegs scored when Micah Owings was beaned with the bases loaded in the top of the 12th. Somehow, that seems appropriate given how strange this season has been.

–Nice start by Cueto: 6 IP, one run, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts, 107 pitches. Typically inefficient, but very good.

–Drew Stubbs went 3-5 in the leadoff spot, with a triple and his fifth homer.

–Nice relief work by Nick Masset, Daniel Ray Herrera, Owings, and Francisco Cordero; they combined for six scoreless, hitless innings after Jared Burton blew the game. Again.

NEGATIVES
–Burton just stinks this year.

–Votto was 0-4 again. Another game or two like that, and hit batting average will dip below .300. It’s almost impossible to believe.

ETC.
–That’s 7 straight wins and 12 wins out of 14 games. What is going on?

–Willy Taveras: 14 extra-base hits in 413 plate appearances.
Drew Stubbs: 8 extra-base hits in 87 plate appearances.

–Owings reportedly received stitches after being hit in the head. He is staying in Atlanta for a few days; doctors won’t permit him to fly just yet.

–Former Red David Ross hit a homer off Burton to put the Braves up 2-1.

–Cueto has looked great since returning from the disabled list. I’m still concerned about the number of innings he’s throwing in meaningless games.

–It’s SOMBRERO TIME!

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