To put it in the near-vernacular, even when the Cincinnati Reds play crappy they win. It was a game the Reds should have lost, a game in which they played as if somebody slipped tranqualizers into their Powerade.
They made three base-running blunders. The Milwaukee Brewers swiped four bases against starting pitcher Homer Bailey, including one by Randy Wolf, the first by a starting pitcher in franchise history.
Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain chased down ball after ball to the wall and to the gaps, showing that he probably could defend Costa Rica by himself.
And yet when they turned out the lights after the 10th inning, the Reds were not only 5-4 winners, they were six games in front of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
Of course, over the course of 162 games, even the best of teams toss in a clunker or two along the way.
But in 2010, when the Cincinnati Reds throw in a clunker, they still find a will and a way to win.