Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (88-52) 0 5 1
Cincinnati Reds (58-81) 11 13 1
W: Lamb (1-3) L: Garcia (8-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The Reds scored eleven. The Cardinals scored zero. This is a good thing. An almost unbelievable thing, really.

–How about Todd Frazier, who may be finally emerging from his second half slump? Tonight, Frazier went 3-5 with a homer (his 32nd), a double, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

–Joey Votto reached base three times: 2-4 with an RBI double, a walk, and a run scored. And he didn’t even get ejected from tonight’s game. Hard to believe, right?

–Hey, decent start by the kid, John Lamb. Only five innings (and 98 pitches), but they were shutout innings and he only permitted three hits. Yeah, he walked six, but he also struck out six, and he collected his first major league win. Shut up. I’m trying to look at the bright side.

–Eugenio Suarez had a couple of hits and scored a run. Brandon Phillips hit his 12th homer.

–Outstanding work by the Cincinnati bullpen tonight. Tony Cingrani, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure, and Ryan Mattheus pitched four innings of shutout, two-hit baseball. That’s pretty good.

The Bad
–No bad. Everything here was good. Everything.

So good.

Great, even.

Go Reds.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I don’t care what these teams’ records are. Whenever the Reds beat up on the Cardinals, it’s a great night in Major League Baseball. Good over evil. Light over dark. Last place over first place. Enjoy it, Reds fans.

–This was the largest margin of victory in a shutout over the Cardinals since June 4, 1971. It’s a historical victory!!!

–Baseball is weird. And awesome.

–For whatever reason, I’m intrigued by John Lamb, even though I’m not quite sure what to make of him (as I noted in this piece for Cincinnati Magazine). He was a big-time prospect at one point. Who knows?

–Quote from George Grande tonight: “It’s not really about baseball. It’s about life.”

I’m not sure what he was talking about, but that’s the quintessential George Grande quote. And somehow it makes me feel better about my dreary day-to-day existence, given tonight’s outcome.

–All of a sudden, I’m pretty sure the Reds are probably going to win every single game for the rest of the season. Am I overreacting to one awesome game?