The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (97-65) on Wednesday night by a score of 1 to 0. Oh how about that — the Cardinals clinched the second slot in the National League wild card race on Tuesday night and will play the Atlanta Braves in a one-game playoff on Friday afternoon at 4:07 CST.

— Top prospect Shelby Miller got the start tonight and had a no-hitter through 5 innings. Wilson Valdez broke up the no-hit bid with a single in the sixth inning. Miller also went 2-for-2 at the plate including a double in the first inning that nearly went out for a home run.

A lot of things happen throughout the course of 162 games, and it was no different for the Cardinals in 2012. Now we forget everything. We throw out all of the highlights, all the lowlights and all of the statistics. Now they just have to win one baseball game. You’re going to hear a lot over the next couple days about righty-lefty matchups, Lohse’s history against the Braves, Medlen’s history against the Cardinals in addition to any statistic that can help fill up all of the time and space blogs, ESPN, and sports radio need to fill up.

At the end of the day every baseball game is independent of each other and the Cardinals need to figure out what they need to do to just win one more game. They did it in 2011 so many times and they proved that they deserve to be in the playoffs after going 12-4 in their final 16 games in 2012. This is a winning ball club. Let’s get it done.

What’s Next: A one-game playoff. Kris Medlen (10-1; 1.57) will get the start against Kyle Lohse (16-3; 2.86) in a game that can be seen on TBS on Friday at 4:07 CST. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.