The 2013 season opened up with a promising start for the Cincinnati Reds. As favorites to win the NL Central, the Reds found themselves with company near the top of the division. Pittsburgh and St. Louis joined the party and seemed to always control the division. It was the Reds playing catch-up the entire season. Despite this, a playoff spot was clinched with ease. Then, the wheels fell off the wagon. After securing a postseason spot, on September 23, no more games were won. After dropping two games to the Mets, the Reds were swept by the Pirates in Cincinnati.
The sweep determined a one game playoff to be played in Pittsburgh last night. The Bucs never trailed, as home runs by Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin helped the Pirates take a 3-0 lead. Cincinnati responded with a run, but the Pirates scored three more, including another Martin home run. A 6-1 lead was more than the Pirates needed. Shin-Soo Choo knocked a solo home run in the eighth inning, that was reviewed, and confirmed. But that was as close as the Reds got to Pittsburgh. The score remained the same through the ninth and final inning.
Pirates celebrate after recording final out in NL Wild Card Playoff.
Final: Pirates 6 Reds 2
“It’s all MY fault for letting down #RedsCountry tonight! Y’all really didn’t deserve this! Got to do better, PERIOD!”
It took two overtimes and a shootout in high altitude, but the Baltimore Ravens pulled off the upset. It was 35-28 in the 4th quarter with :31 remaining, with the Ravens trailing. QB Joe Flacco fired a hail mary to WR Jacoby Jones, a 70-yard TD strike. The first overtime period was scoreless, meaning a second overtime was needed (Playoff game). Early in the second OT, the Ravens were able to capitalize off of a interception of QB Peyton Manning in the prior OT, to set up a 47-yard field by Justin Tucker. Tucker sent the kick through the uprights, and sent the Ravens to the AFC Championship.
Patriots 41 Texans 28
The Houston Texans could simply not keep up with the Patriots’ Offense. While the Texans returned the opening kickoff to inside the Pats’ 20, the Texans didn’t have much more momentum. New England scored at will, leading 38-13 at one point.
Falcons 30 Seahawks 28
Falcons were up by twenty, then blew the lead. Atlanta needed a late field goal by K Matt Bryant, to win.
49ers 45 Packers 31
San Francisco QB Colin Kapernick went wild by running for over 180 yards, a single-game record for a QB, leading the 49ers to victory.
The Cincinnati Bengals are headed to the NFL Playoffs for the second straight year. Yesterday, the Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 to clinch a playoff spot. K Josh Brown was able to seal the victory with a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining. Cincinnati (9-6) will be the sixth seed in the AFC. The Baltimore Ravens have won the AFC North with a victory over the New York Giants, 33-14. While the Bengals will play Baltimore next week for the Regular Season finale, the contest will not mean much for either team. Both teams know they will play in the first round in the Postseason. The Bengals will be on the road, and the Ravens will be home for the NFL Playoff games. Cincinnati could play either New England, Denver, Houston, or Baltimore. Week 17 will decide their opponent.
The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series. After sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS by winning Game four 8-1, the Tigers will be in their second WS in seven years (2006 vs. Cardinals). Tigers SP Max Scherzer struck out 10 of 16 batters, and SS Jhonny Peralta hit two home runs. The Yankees never held the lead in any of the four games.
Meanwhile in the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants in Game Four, 8-3 and now lead 3-1 in the series. Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright allowed one run in seven innings. St Louis can clinch tonight in Game 5, at 8:00 p.m. on FOX.
Games 3 and 4 went to the San Francisco Giants, and now the Reds and Giants have a rubber match that determines the entire series. An all or nothing game 5 will begin at 1:00 pm on TBS. Reds SP Mat Latos will face Giants SP Matt Cain. The Giants may have the momentum after winning two in a row on the road, but Latos has been a Giants killer. Latos has a 0.56 ERA against the Giants this season in two regular season starts. He is also much better at home than on the road, with an ERA of 3.18 as compared 3.93. Don’t forget he pitched 4 innings in Game 1 and allowed one run in the victory. Cain, on the other hand, has struggled vs. the Reds. After going 0-2 against the reds this season with a 5.54 ERA, Cain lost Game 1 of the series, allowing two home runs. Still, nobody will be surprised if the Giants win Game 5 and sweep the Reds at home, but the same can be said about a Reds victory. In other words, nobody knows, they will have to watch to find out.
The Cincinnati Reds easily beat the San Francisco Giants 9 to 0. The Reds have a 2-0 series lead. Reds LF Ryan Ludwick started the scoring with a home run. Then, the Reds put on a hitting clinic as every staring Red had a hit and Bronson Arroyo pitched 7 scoreless innings allowing one hit. Cincinnati can clinch with a win Tuesday at Great American Ballpark. Game 3 begins at 5:30 p.m, tomorrow on TBS.
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the five game series. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had 1 HR and 3 RBI in the victory. Right fielder Jay Bruce also went deep for the Reds. Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was injured in the first inning and had to leave the game. Cueto was suffering from back spasms. Meanwhile, the bullpen had to step up to the plate. Sam LeCure, Mat Latos, Jonathon Broxton, and Aroldis Chapman helped collectively on the mound. Cueto is reported to be hopeful for a game 3 start on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Giants pitcher Matt Cain received the loss, while LeCure got the win.
The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds became the first teams to reach 90 wins this season. For the Nats’, it was the first time they were able to achieve the honor first. For the Reds, the last time they won 90 games before anybody else was in 1976, when they became the only team to sweep the New York Yankees in the World Series.