Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Milwaukee 4
Cincinnati 8

WP: LeCure (2-4)
LP: Gallardo (11-7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Aroldis Chapman was electrifying in his major league debut, hitting 103, 102, and 100…but most impressively, demonstrating a wicked slider. Chapman served notice on the National League by delivering a 1-2-3 eighth inning. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

–Joey Votto was 2-3 with two doubles and three RBI. MVP.

–Scott Rolen was 2-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Paul Janish was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Jonny Gomes hit a two-run laser homerun to the opposite field.

–Sam LeCure was very good out of the pen again. So was Bill Bray.

NEGATIVES
–None (except for the Little League-esque error committed by Gomes. Brutal.).

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Cincinnati is now 22 games over .500, at 77-55. The Cardinals lost again, so the Reds now hold a seven-game lead in the National League Central. Unbelievable.

–The Reds went 19-8 in August. That’s the best record of any team in the major leagues during the month. Do you believe yet?

–To match last year’s record, the Reds would have to go 1-29 the rest of the way. If Cincinnati plays .500 ball the rest of the season, they would end up with 92 wins.

–Votto and Rolen made incredible defensive plays to record the last two outs of the game.

–This team is so much fun to watch.

–Loved that the (very small) crowd cheered loudly when Chapman was shown on the scoreboard warming up in the bullpen.

–Aaron Harang wasn’t great, but he was better than he’d shown in his rehab outings. We’ll wait to see what the Reds decide about Harang’s role on this team for the last month.

–Sorry, this is quick and dirty (I’ll work on a better one later), but I had to throw something together to celebrate this occasion: