Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL — 14 innings
Washington 4
Cincinnati 5

W: B. Bray (4-2)
L: C. Balester (1-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso tied the game with a homer in the bottom of the ninth, then the second of Joey Votto’s two homers was a walk-off in the bottom of the fourteenth. What a game.

–In addition to the two homers, Votto had two walks, two RBI, and two runs scored.

–Ryan Hanigan is an on-base machine, reaching base five times today (three hits, two walks). His OBP is up to .366.

–Johnny Cueto maintained his NL ERA lead by going seven innings and surrendering two runs on nine hits. Cueto struck out 11, and walked only one.

–Brandon Phillips had two hits, including a double, and a walk in the leadoff spot. Jay Bruce hit his 28th homer in the fourth inning.

–Jose Arredondo pitched three scoreless innings, beginning in the eleventh. Nice to see an effective outing by Arredondo. Also amusing to see Dontrelle Willis pinch-hit for Arredondo in the 13th. Hey…I don’t have any problem with Willis pinch-hitting.

NEGATIVES
–Reds shortstops combined to go 0-6. Paul Janish (.210/.255/.260) and Edgar Renteria (.245/.304/.341) each went 0-3.

–Tell me where you’ve heard this one before: Nick Masset blew the game. Well, it was tied when he entered, and the Reds were losing when he left after giving up two hits and a run in an inning. Of course, the Redlegs were winning before Aroldis Chapman allowed the tying run to score.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The Reds swept the Nationals, and they are back over .500 for the first time since July 3. I like it.

–The six Reds pitchers tonight combined for 19 strikeouts, which ties a team record.

–I do not know what Yonder Alonso needs to do to get some regular playing time. In limited action, he’s hit .467/.556/.867 with three homers and 9 RBI.

–Votto had 2 RBI, and Jay Bruce had only one. Therefore, Votto takes the Reds team lead in that category, 86 to Bruce’s 85.

–The Reds start a four-game series against the powerhouse Phillies tomorrow. The Reds are finally playing well, but the Phils are a little better than the Nationals and Pirates.