Half the season was over, as the Reds entered the month with a 43-35 record.
Clearly, they were one of the most surprising teams in the first half of the season, and though they still couldn't get back that May form, continued to hold serve, not falling off like many people were expecting them to.
A 10-game road trip to Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia awaited them at the start of the month.
It was another one of those tests to see if this team was for real or not, as the Mets were playing well (up to that point) and the Phillies are always tough.
The trip started great, with series victories in Chicago and New York.
That put them at 5-2 heading into Philly, but they got swept in a four game series in which all the losses were bitter pills to swallow.
The loss on July 9th was shades of the Braves game from a few months back, as the Reds blew a huge ninth inning lead, and ended up losing in extras.
The next day, they lost 1-0 to finish getting swept, and the first half of the season, ending a 5-6 road trip.
Another big test awaited at home at they welcomed the Rockies.
Arthur Rhodes, in that Friday night series opener, pitched out of a major jam to help preserve the win.
He found himself in a bases loaded, no one out situation, but escaped with no damage done.
If this didn't show their toughness as a team, then I'm not sure what did, as they won that night, and the series.
The middle of the month, and trending towards the end, featured games against some bad teams.
The four game split against the Nationals was disappointing, but they rebounded to grab series wins from the Brewers and Astros on the road.
In the Braves series that closed the month, the Reds lost the Friday night game, but won Saturday night to finish July with a 13-12 record (58-47 overall).
Joey Votto hit .362 for the month, and Miguel Cairo was a surprise performer, as the utility man hit .326.
Travis Wood helped pace the pitching staff (2.87 ERA), as he was yet another phenom rookie for the club.
Arroyo pitched well, as did Cueto, and the bullpen, outside of the Philly debacles, could do little wrong in July.