Friday, September 30, 2011

A Timeline of the Reds' Season

To help put a recap on the past six months of Reds baseball, here are the key highlights (good & bad) from the Cincy's 2011 campaign in chronological order:

31st - An over-capacity crowd at GABP watches on Opening Day as Ramon Hernandez's two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth sends the Reds to a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Brewers.

6th - Cincy picks up a 12-4 home win over Houston to start the year at 5-0. The team looks well on their way to capturing a second straight division title.
12th - The team explodes for six runs in the top of the 11th en route to an 8-2 extra-inning victory in San Diego.
18th - In the first true hiccup of the season, the Redlegs lose three out of four in a series against the Pirates at home.
30th - Edgar Renteria's pinch-hit, RBI single in the 10th gives his team a 4-3 comeback win over the visiting Marlins.

13th - Joey Votto's two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th helps propel his club past rival St. Louis 6-5 in walk-off fashion.
15th - The Reds nearly blow a seven-run lead, but hold on to complete the sweep over the Cardinals in a 9-7 victory. Tempers flare after the last out is recorded as the two teams exchange words on the field and from the dugout.
17th - Dusty Baker's squad reels off their fifth win in a row by defeating the Cubs at home by a tally of 7-5. The Reds are eight games over .500 (25-17) and hold a 1.5 game lead over St. Louis for first place.
23rd - Things are looking grim for Cincinnati after the ball club suffers their sixth consecutive defeat -- a 10-4 drubbing at Philadelphia.
25th - In a grueling, 19-inning contest that lasts well into the night at Citizens Bank Park, the team falls 5-4 to the Phillies. It marks the eighth defeat in the past nine games for the Reds.
28th - The tired and weary club loses a heartbreaker in Atlanta -- a 7-6 loss in 12 innings.

15th - A three-game sweep of the Dodgers is complete as the boys race out to a 7-2 win in Los Angeles.
22nd - After dropping game one of the doubleheader earlier, the Reds pummel the visiting Yankees 10-2 in the nightcap as Chris Heisey uncorks three homers in the affair.
24th - Derrek Lee's walk-off, solo blast in the 12th sends Cincy to a 5-4 loss in Baltimore.

10th - The club limps into the All-Star Break after suffering a 4-3 setback in Milwaukee. Francisco Cordero blows his fourth save in the last week as the team enters the second half of the season in fourth place.
12th - Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto help the National League whip the American League 5-1 in the 82nd edition of the Midsummer Classic.
15th - Brandon Phillips sticks it to the hated Redbirds by delivering a two-run blow in the bottom of the 9th to send the squad to a 6-5 thrilling, walk-off victory over St. Louis at GABP.
24th - In front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, Drew Stubbs' 9th inning solo homerun gives his team a 4-3 walk-off win over visting Atlanta.
26th - The struggling Jonny Gomes is dealt to Washington in exchange for two minor-leaguers.
28th - It's now officially time to press the "panic" button after Baker's club gets swept in a 4-game series at home by the Mets. The Reds' record stands at 50-55.
31st - Hope is resurrected as the Reds bounce back from a horrid series against New York to sweep away the defending champion Giants at home with a 9-0 beatdown. Johnny Cueto is masterful in tossing a three-hit, complete game shutout.

13th - Cincinnati smashes seven homers in a 13-1 blowout win against San Diego at home. The victory stretches their winning streak to four.
23rd - Playing in front of 200 family and friends in his hometown of Miami, Yonder Alonso homers, singles, doubles and drives in four to help his team race out to a 8-6 win over the Marlins.
28th - Joey Votto's walk-off homer in the 14th helps the Redlegs complete a 3-game sweep of the Nationals at GABP. The win pushes their season record to 67-66.

1st - Dreams of another playoff appearance are all but crushed as the mighty Phillies finish a 4-game sweep of the Reds at GABP.
6th - Mike Leake's bid for his first career shutout comes one out short as Chicago's Bryan LaHair lifts a pitch over the right field wall to tie the game at 2-2. All is well that ends well however, as Cincinnati goes on to win in extras 4-2.
9th - In a 4-1 victory in Colorado, Francisco Cordero becomes the all-time saves leader among pitchers from the Dominican Republic with his 322nd career save.
16th - The Reds are mathematically eliminated from the postseason after dropping a 6-3 contest to the Brewers at home.
18th - Milwaukee storms through the Queen City with their third win in three days over the hapless Reds by a score of 8-1. Drew Stubbs strikes out twice to leave him with a franchise-record 197 for the season -- which broke a tie with Adam Dunn's 195 in 2004.
28th - The team puts an exclamation point on an under-achieving year with a 3-0 loss to the hands of the Mets at home. The Reds' offense musters only two hits and Jose Reyes secures the batting title with a bunt single in the first.

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