Saturday, October 20, 2012

No. 6: Bruce's big fly sends Reds to walkoff win over Mets

Today marks day seven 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. 6 on the list:

August 14, 2012

Reds 3, Mets 0
+ The game remains scoreless until Jay Bruce steps up to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the ninth. He then proceeds to wallop an opposite field homer to send the home team to a walk-off victory over the visiting Mets. The long fly is Bruce's 23rd of the campaign and fourth career game-ending homer.
Mat Latos tosses seven shutout innings of 5-hit ball to help lower his ERA to 3.63. Ryan Hanigan, Ryan Ludwick, Zack Cozart and Bruce all record multi-hit games.
Cincinnati leaves 14 men on base through the seven innings without scoring a run. They become the first team to be held scoreless through seven innings despite leaving 14 men stranded since September 14, 1969 (Washington Senators).
The victory also gives Dusty Baker's bunch a season-high six-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh, which lost 11-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on this night.

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

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