Chad’s gallivanting around the Tri-State metropolitan area, so this is the closest thing to a recap you’re likely to see.

St. Louis 3
Cincinnati 8
WP: Harang (3-3)
LP: Lohse (3-2)
S: None

–Harang!!!  The big fella had a big day.  He dedicated a Miracle League park that he paid for, threw a gem, and got a legit base hit and 2 RBI.  With the single, Harang joins the exclusive 30 hit club for his career.

— Long-struggling Jerry Hairston and Brandon Phillips each got 2 hits.  BP also walked.  JHJ homered.  If those two guys can get it going – BP especially – this team might actually be able to make some noise.

— The Reds are now only 1.5 games out of first place in the NL Central.

— Honestly, none on the field.  Every single Reds starter reached base.  Weathers and Masset each threw a perfect inning in relief.

— FSN “sideline” reporter Jim Day didn’t stop by and see Chad.  That’s negative.  

–The Cards, losers of 5 of their last 7, are looking more and more like April was an abberration.  When you look at the non-Pujols portions of that lineup, and the career lines of that rotation, it’s still hard to see them contending. 

— That can be said about the Reds too, to be fair.  But I’m slowly – veeerrry slowly – starting to at least understand how this team could contend.  I think it’s as simple as this:  I’ve never actually seen a Reds team with excellent pitching, so I didn’t know what it would look like.  When I heard “good pitching,” I pictured Harnisch, Parris, and Villone.  Truly outstanding pitching, which this team is getting right now, really can keep you in contention.

— I don’t have the slightest idea how to explain these two fellows, witnessed by Chad at GABP tonight:

Where would you even find these things?

Where would you even find these things?