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Recap: Reds Clinch Playoff Spot with 7-2 Win

AND THIS ONE BELONGS TO THE REDS!!! For the first time since 2013 the Cincinnati Reds will be playing in the postseason.

After tonight’s 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, along with a Phillies loss and a Brewers loss, the Reds clinched a playoff spot. They have also solidified a .500 or better record for the shortened 2020 season.

While a playoff spot has been clinched, there is still a chance to pass the Cardinals and take over second place in the National League standings. The two teams are currently tied in the standings, but the Cardinals hold the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to finishing 6-4 this season against Cincy.

Michael Lorenzen earned the win tonight throwing 3 1/3 innings of relief after taking over for Tyler Mahle in the third inning. Lorenzen allowed just one run on three hits while striking out four batters to move to 3-1 on the season.

Amir Garrett, Lucas Sims, Raisel Iglesias, and Wade Miley combined to throw 3 1/3 additional innings of shutout baseball out of the bullpen allowing just two hits and striking out six.

The Reds fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, but Mike Moustakas responded with a two-run long ball in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead. They never looked back from there.

Freddy Galvis added a solo shot in the fifth inning and Nick Castellanos drove in a run as well to take a 4-1 lead in the fifth.

The Brewers added a run in the sixth and threatened in the eighth, but still trailed 4-2 heading into the ninth inning.

In the ninth the Reds added on three insurance runs thanks to Moustakas’ second Home Run of the night, a Galvis RBI single, and a single from Shogo Akiyama.

After tonight’s 7-2 victory the Reds are 30-28 on the season and currently hold the #7 seed in the NL Playoffs.

Cincinnati is back in action tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time against the Twins.


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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10 Comments for Recap: Reds Clinch Playoff Spot with 7-2 Win

  1. mashman 93
    12:24 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

    REDS WIN!!!! Don’t care who we play and our starting pitchers in Game 1 and Game 2 should be Bauer and Gray.

    • SuperTroy18
      12:33 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Shaping to be a pretty perfect scenario for October playoff baseball!
      (I’d still like to avoid the Dodgers though. That lineup…yikes.)

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:51 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

      I still hate the Dodgers after being their division rival all those years ago.

  2. UKinIN
    12:41 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Reds have been impressive lately. Making plays, getting the pitching AND hitting when they need it. Great to see, even in the Covid shortened season, after years of bad baseball.

  3. satcheluk
    7:15 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

    My first professional baseball game was a Reds spring training game in 1975. My dad took me to one every Spring to watch Pete and the big Red Machine. It’s not always easy to be a Reds fan, but this sure was satisfying. Ending the season with a surge might payoff in the playoffs.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:42 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

      It sounds like you’re a lot older than you indicated in some of your posts. Hmmm…

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    8:15 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Yes sir!

  5. Section233
    8:52 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Oh man it’s 2020. Make the playoffs and we can’t get in the stadium. Crazy. Gonna be a fun postseason. Hope the Reds can make a run

  6. Eddiemcwildcat
    10:14 am September 26, 2020 Permalink


  7. westkycat20
    11:53 am September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Congrats you guys…I know it’s been a while. I had to throw a little shade on your party. Haha.