Wednesday, October 24, 2012

No. 4: Reds win first playoff game in 17 years


Today marks day nine of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 4 on the list:





October 6, 2012
 
Reds 5, Giants 2

+ The Reds lose Johnny Cueto due to a strained oblique after he tosses only eight pitches, but they still go on to win their first playoff game since 1995. The combination of Sam LeCure, Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman band together to throw 8.2 innings of 2-run ball. Latos accounts for four of those innings after the right-hander is summoned into a relief role unexpectedly on just three days rest.

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce lead the way on offense combining for five hits and four RBI including a homer each. Bruce also smacks a double as well.

San Francisco starter Matt Cain allows his first career postseason earned runs after going untouched during the Giants' improbable World Series run in 2010.

Cincinnati is sitting real pretty at this point. How did they lose the NLDS again? Scratch that, I don't want to remember.

For those wanting to check out prior games on the list:

No. 12 - Reds pound out 17 hits to complete sweep of Tribe
No. 11 - Valdez's walk-off bunt lifts Cincy over Detroit
No. 10 - Team retires No. 11 in honor of Barry Larkin
No. 9 - The 'Toddfather' blasts a walk-off homer
No. 8 - A barrage of homers produces GABP record
No. 7 - Reds fire on all cylinders in San Francisco
No. 6 - Bruce's big fly produces walk-off victory
No. 5 - Opening Day goes just as planned

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