Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
St. Louis 5
Cincinnati 6

W: L. Ondrusek (4-3)
L: F. Salas (5-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Just when it looked like the Reds were being left for dead, Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run walkoff homer to give the Reds a huge win.

–Johnny Cueto was outstanding again. Seven innings, two earned runs allowed on five hits. He didn’t get the win, but Cueto’s ERA is now 2.01. That’s great.

–As the leadoff hitter, Chris Heisey single-handedly gave the Reds some hope in this game for the longest time. He hit two homers, and robbed a would-be homer out in left field. Gotta love Heisey.

–Zack Cozart had three hits, along with the single that got the ninth-inning rally going. His statue will be unveiled outside Great American Ballpark next week.

–Scott Rolen had a single, a double, and a walk; Joey Votto had two hits.

What is Brandon Phillips smiling about this time? (The Enquirer/ Joseph Fuqua II)

NEGATIVES
–Aroldis Chapman came on and gave up the lead without recording an out. Not a good performance by the big guy.

–Votto and Phillips both committed errors.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–In the age of the interwebs, people love to exaggerate. Everything’s the best, and everything’s the greatest, and everything is the worst. I’m going to say it, though: that was the best win of the year.

–That game was up and down and up and down. Exactly what we’ve become accustomed to.

–I’m not the type to overstate these things — and people say this far too often — but you would hope that this is the type of win that will spur the Reds to greater things. At the very least, let’s hope that it is an omen of things to come in the second half.

–Yes, it’s a completely made-up stat. Still, it’s pretty cool that, with a double tonight, Scott Rolen joined only George Brett and Chipper Jones as 3Bs who have posted 2000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 HR, and 1200 RBI.

–The Reds are undefeated in the second half.

A tweet by Chris:

Was tonight’s @datdudebp HR the biggest for #reds since Bruce’s clincher? I have to think so.

He might be right. What do you think?

–I absolutely adore that little Luis Tiant spin that Cueto is using this year before delivering a pitch. You gotta think that has something to do with his success. I love it, aesthetically.

–Another win tomorrow, and the Nation will be feeling pretty good about things, won’t they?