Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 9
Cleveland 10

W: J. Smith (5-1)
L: S. LeCure (2-2)
S: C. Perez (22)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Nine runs on fourteen hits. The offense is healthy.

–Jay Bruce reached base four times: 3-4 with his 16th homer, a walk, two RBI, and 3 runs scored.

–Brandon Phillips continues to torture the Indians. Tonight, BP was 3-5 with a double, an RBI, and 3 runs scored.

–Joey Votto was 2-4 with a homer, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Ryan Ludwick had two doubles and a walk. Scott Rolen had two hits and two RBI in his return to the lineup. Ryan Hanigan had two hits and an RBI.

NEGATIVES
–Mat Latos got shelled: 4 IP, 7 earned runs on 8 hits. Latos surrendered three homers tonight. Ugly.

–Joey Votto is the greatest hitter on the planet, but the Reds simply cannot get on base in front of him. Tonight, the top two hitters in the order — Zack Cozart and Chris Heisey — were 0-9. This is really getting frustrating.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Hey, the Reds can’t win them all. We all knew that, right? Right?

I know what you’re thinking. I thought the Reds were going to win every game for the rest of the season, too.

–I’m really not sure I’ve ever seen anything like Joey Votto. He’s just unreal. On the season now, Votto is hitting .368/.491/.667. Ummm…wow?

–The six-game winning streak was fun. So, what happened?

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–I continue to urge patience regarding Mat Latos, but there’s no way to sugarcoat the fact that he has struggled badly at times this year. One of the few less-than-bright spots of an otherwise fun season:

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…but I just keep telling myself:

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–Phillips just loves sticking it to his former team, doesn’t he? On the season, versus Cleveland, BP is 11 for 18. That’s good.

–George Grande was back on the television broadcast tonight, and he was entertaining, as always:

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–Let’s start a new win streak tomorrow, okay, Redlegs?