Billy Hamilton lowered his shoulders and got into high gear, taking off for second base on Seth Maness' pitch.
Whoosh! He was there. And moments later, he was dashing home with the only run of the game, one that would end with a little more radar-blurring speed.
Closer Aroldis Chapman jogged out of the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen, reached the mound at leisurely pace, and finished off the St. Louis Cardinals with a bevy of 103 mph fastballs that left the Cardinals overmatched.
Whoosh! All three went down swinging.
Cincinnati's 1-0 victory on Tuesday night came down to raw speed, and the Reds now have more of it than anyone else in the NL Central. Hamilton can outrun anyone; Chapman can throw it past anyone.
Call it speed squared. And it might just be enough to help them make that final dash toward another NL Central title.
''An outstanding game,'' manager Dusty Baker said. ''There was a playoff-type atmosphere. I hope we get used to that.'...