Today marks the final day 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. Well, guess what? We have arrived at the top game of the 2012 season!
Without further ado, here is No. 1 on the list:
September 22, 2012
Reds 6, Dodgers 0
Everything goes right for the Redlegs on this day as they become the first team in MLB to clinch their division in 2012. Mat Latos earns the win to lift his record to 13-4 after tossing eight innings of six-hit, no-run ball. The right-hander displays extreme efficiency as he hurls 78 of his 105 pitches for strikes, and doesn't allow a walk to a single batter.
Aroldis Chapman nails down the game in the ninth after recording a scoreless inning of relief.
Cincy uses a balanced offensive attack to overwhelm the fleeting squad from Los Angeles. Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips each smack solo homers while Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart tally a couple of hits to their name.
The Reds use a 3-run eighth to add plenty of breathing room and insurance en route to an inevitable post-game celebration in the clubhouse.
A long, grueling season finally pays off as the guys punch their ticket to the promised land. And the thoughts of winning a World Series is as real as ever.
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
No. 4 - Reds win first playoff game since 1995
No. 3 - Joey Votto has huge game on Mother's Day
No. 2 - Bailey tosses first Reds no-hitter since 1988