Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Atlanta 4
Cincinnati 5

W: J. Broxton (1-1)
L: C. Kimbrel (0-1)

–Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. Before we dig into the specifics, let me show you what we tweeted just before the beginning of the ninth inning:

I told you so.

–After trailing the entire game, the Reds entered the ninth inning down 4-3. Atlanta sent their all-world closer Craig Kimbrel to the mound. Reds manager Dusty Baker countered with…Jack Hannahan and Corky Miller? Not surprisingly, those jokers struck out pretty quickly.

With two outs, however, Devin Mesoraco (pinch-hitting for Jonathan Broxton) homered to tie the game and Shin-Soo Choo delivered the walkoff blast that gave the Reds a 5-4 win in the most exciting finish of this young 2013 season. What an amazing game.

–Choo finished the game 2-5 with two runs scored and two RBI (on two solo homers).

–Joey Votto had two hits, including a double, and he’s really starting to look like he’s getting locked in.

–Superb relief work by Sam LeCure, Sean Marshall, and Jonathan Broxton, who delivered four perfect innings to keep the Braves in check long enough for the offense to deliver a win.

–Homer Bailey gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings. Not a strong outing, but he did settle down and kinda battled to keep the Reds in the game, despite not having his best stuff.

–Good grief, I love the Cincinnati Reds. These are the types of games that keep me coming back for more, season after season after season.

–It’s inexcusable that Dusty let Corky Miller hit in the ninth, when he could have easily pinch-hit Mesoraco for him:

–Guys, Sean Marshall is an elite reliever, whether the majority of Reds fans want to believe that or not. We are lucky to have him, and I’m going to keep beating this drum. He’s great. I wish he were Cincinnati’s closer.

–You know, the more I watch this Atlanta team, the more I believe that they are every bit as good as the teams expected to be the best in the National League (Washington, Cincinnati, etc.). It would be very nice to get a series win against these guys tomorrow afternoon, eh?

–That was Mesoraco’s first career pinch-hit homer.

–The win gave Dusty Baker his 1600th career win as a manager, which moved him past his old skipper, Tommy Lasorda, on the all-time list. Pretty cool.

–Twitter talk:

Source: FanGraphs