Wednesday, October 17, 2012

No. 8: Reds and Rockies combine for nine homers

Today marks day five 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. 8 on the list:

May 27, 2012
Reds 7, Rockies 5
+ It may not have been the best game of the season, but it sure was the craziest. The two clubs set a new Great American Ball Park record by smacking a combined nine home runs (COL-5, CIN-4) during the slugfest. One might even have thought the contest was played in the thin-air of Coors Field the way the ball was sailing out of the yard on this day.

Reds starter Mat Latos earned the win despite allowing five solo homers. He would call the fact that he surrendered a handful of bombs a 'bummer' during a post-game interview.

Todd Frazier literally hit one of the game's longballs with no hands. He lost the grip on his lumber in the fourth just before making contact on a swing and the ball flew over the wall anyway.

"I felt the bat slipping out of my hands," Frazier said. "I looked at the (slow motion) and it looks like my bottom hand is off. At first, I thought it was a short popup, but then I took a couple of steps and said, 'Oh.' It's a pretty interesting way to hit a home run. It was a pretty cool."

All in all, there were a total of 13 hits in the game, four of which were not of the four-base variety. Yeah, I would say the fans got their money's worth.

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

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