Let’s recap tonight’s titanic clinching struggle….
WP: Chapman (2-2)
LP: Byrdak (2-2)
–THE CINCINNATI REDS ARE NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL CHAMPS!
–BRRUUUUUUUUCCEEEE!! What a way to clinch! After striking out his first two at-bats, then grounding into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded against Wandy Rodriguez, Bruce took left-hander Tim Byrdak deeeep to centerfield in the bottom of the 9th to win the game!
–Edinson Volquez looked great again tonight with 6 innings of 2 run baseball. He walked only 1 batter and struck out 8.
–Drew Stubbs continues to hit and provide sensational defense. His leadoff walk and steal of 2nd base led to the Reds getting on the board first in the 1st inning. But the biggest steal of the day for Stubbs was going over the wall and robbing Carlos Lee of a 2-run homerun in the 3rd inning.
–The bullpen combined for 3 perfect innings. Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, and Aroldis Chapman shut the door retiring all 9 batters they faced and striking out 4.
–Scott Rolen went 2 for 3 with a walk and had the key RBI in the first inning on an infield single deep in the hole to shortstop.
–Orlando Cabrera started off the 6th inning with a solid single to left field and later scored the tying run.
–Brandon Phillips was on base three times tonight, but it was his RBI single, also of the infield variety, in the 6th that tied the game at 2-2.
–THE CINCINNATI REDS ARE NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL CHAMPIONS!
–Next up…who do the Reds get in the first round of the playoffs. At this point it could be any of the Phillies, Braves, Giants or Padres. If they finish with a better record than the NL West division winner, they are guaranteed home field advantage in the first round.
–Somebody tell Kevin Wheeler that the best team in the NL Central will be playing baseball come October.
–Coming into play tonight, Jay Bruce has posted a slash line of .365/.451/.740 since August 8. After hitting just 10 homeruns in his first 114 games, he has hit 12 in his last 28 games.
–Break out the Sombrero!