Monday, October 22, 2012

No. 5: Opening Day in Cincinnati is a bash

Today marks day eight 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. 5 on the list:

April 5, 2012
Reds 4, Marlins 0

+ Everything goes according to plan on Opening Day as Cincinnati rings in another season of baseball. Johnny Cueto stymies the Fish over seven strong innings to kick-start his 19-win campaign.
Jay Bruce leads the offensive charge with a homer and a pair of RBI as the Reds outhit the visitors by a tally of 10-3. Scott Rolen, Ryan Ludwick, Zack Cozart, and Chris Heisey all notch a double each.

Aroldis Chapman makes his season debut and proceeds to strike out two in a scoreless inning of relief. Offseason acquisition Sean Marshall tosses a perfect ninth to nail down the victory in front of 42,956 beaming fans at GABP. It marks the second-largest crowd ever at GABP, trailing only the NLDS Game Three loss to Philadelphia in 2010.

The glorious win comes just a day after Joey Votto signs a contract extension which keeps him in a Reds uniform through the end of 2023. It ends any and all speculation about his future, and allows majority of the fan base to breathe a sigh of relief.

Oh, and baseball hit king Pete Rose is in the stands to witness it all unfold. What a great day it was in the Queen City.

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

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