Thursday, October 18, 2012

No. 7: Reds fire on all cylinders in San Francisco

Today marks day six 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. 7 on the list:

October 7, 2012
Reds 9, Giants 0
+ Cincinnati's odds at winning a sixth world championship never looked so good after this one. The Reds thumped the Giants in San Francisco, 9-0, to close within one victory away from advancing to the NLCS. Little did anyone know at the time that the Reds were in for a historic meltdown just days later. But that's not what this post is about.
No, this post is about the glorious performance of the Reds on the fateful evening at AT&T Park. The offense fired on all cylinders while the pitching trio of Bronson Arroyo, J.J. Hoover and Jose Arredondo combined to twirl a 2-hit shutout. Every starting position player for Dusty Baker's club tallied at least one hit with four different Reds even recording multi-hit games.
The NL Central Champs boarded their flight home to the Queen City with a comfortable 2-0 NLDS lead with three tries at home to win just one. They even had history on their side as no previous National League team had ever lost an LDS after going up 2-0. But there's a first time to everything, right?
Nonetheless, Reds fans were flying high after Game Two with lofty dreams of winning it all.  

For those wanting to check out the past 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

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