The Cincinnati Reds obliterated and obfuscated the Washington Nationals Friday night, 15-0.

And to second baseman Brandon Phillips, the ‘0’ was more important than the ‘15’ in that score.

After the Reds raked the Nationals pitching staff for 19 hits that were punctuated with six home runs, Phillips said, “We’re not an offensive team.”

Huh?

“We’re all about defense and pitching,” he said. “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins games.”

During the 15-0 victory, Phillips made two above-and-beyond defensive plays, one a high, wide and handsome leap to spear a line drive headed for center fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo watched Phillips snag the hit-boiund line drive and when he reached the dugout, he said to manager Dusty Baker, “Wow.”

Said Baker, “What do you mean wow? Get used to it, son. I’ve seen that a hundred times and you are going to see it over and over.”

In their first four games, three of them victories, the Reds have made only two errors to eight by the opposition.

As Phillips knows, the defense never rests.

“People don’t pay attention to defense because it is all about offensive excitement,” said Phillips. “But pitching and defense can take you farther, take you to the next step, the next level.

“You have to score runs, too, but there are many ways to score runs and only a couple of ways to stop them — defense and pitching,” he added.

Of his team not being offensive-minded, Phillips added, “We have guys who can hit the ball, make contact, put the ball in play. We have guys with some power and some guys who can hit. But we don’t have any real boppers, the Barry Bonds guy who just straight hits home runs. We have just barely an above-average team, guys who can do different things. But when it’s all said and it’s all over, you have to catch the ball.”