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Recap: Reds Win 5-3, Finish the Season 31-29

The Reds are set as the seventh seed in the National League Playoffs and will take on the Atlanta Braves in round one beginning on Wednesday.

Tonight’s 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins gave Cincinnati its fifth consecutive series victory to close out the 2020 season. The Reds finished 31-29 on the year and went 16-9 in the month of September.

Sonny Gray made his second start since returning from the Injured List and threw the ball well once again. Despite walking four batters, Gray allowed just two runs on two hits over 5 1/3 innings.

A balk–yes a balk–got the Twins on the board in the fifth inning. Eugenio Suarez answered in the top of the sixth inning with a RBI double that drove in Joey Votto and tied the scored at one run a piece.

The Twins scored again in the bottom of the sixth but once again the Reds came back with a run of their own in seventh on a Freddy Galvis single.

In the tenth inning, the Reds broke the game open by pushing across three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Tucker Barnhart singled to take the lead, Votto was walked, and Suarez drove in another run to cap off the inning.

Raisel Iglesias pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run in the bottom of the tenth, but eventually earned the win.

Cincinnati will play the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in the National League Division Series. Trevor Bauer will start Game 1.

National League Playoffs Set

#1 Dodgers vs. #8 Brewers

#2 Braves vs. #7 Reds

#3 Cubs vs. #6 Marlins

#4 Padres vs. #5 Cardinals

The games will be played Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (if necessary). The higher seed will be the home team for all three games.


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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12 Comments for Recap: Reds Win 5-3, Finish the Season 31-29

  1. damage_control
    7:24 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand how the cards get to play 2 less games than everyone else

    • Brandon Ramsey
      8:15 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

      The additional 2 games would have no impact on who is in/out of the playoffs. They could potentially change the seeding, but Major League Baseball decided to not play extra games to determine seeding.

  2. mashman 93
    7:32 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    I like our chances. GO REDS!!!!

  3. serdi
    8:09 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    I am sure somebody has asked this question many times but how come there’s so much emphasis on only the Cincinnati Reds when the St. Louis Cardinals have as big or bigger following in Kentucky, and for that matter they’re quite a few Braves fans. If you’re going to always do the Reds it would seem only fair or logical to cover the Cardinals as well..

    • mashman 93
      8:46 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

      Lexington and Louisville belong to the Reds because they are so close. Bowling Green and Paducah you’re getting more into Cardinals territory imo! Paducah is all Cardinals you are three hours from St. Louis.

    • Section233
      11:25 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

      Louisville Bats are affiliated with the Reds and the Reds have huge ties in Ky from minor league team to kids baseball camps. Who really likes the Cardinals anyway

    • WILDCATS1968
      10:06 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

      I agree 100%, been a Braves fan even through the rotten years (Collin Raye song), I did not just jump on the band wagon. Dale Murphy is my favorite MLB player of all time. The days of Jerry roster, Glen Hubbard, Bob Horner, Rick “Summer” Camp, Claudell “The Dr.” Washington, Phil Niekro, Bruce “Eggs” Benedict, Rafael Ramirez, Terry Harper where not very good, but damn they where fun to watch. I was a product of TBS and the Braves being on tv every day in becoming a Braves fan. Still remember Ron Gant being shoved off 1st base against the Twins. they should have won more than 1 world series, but thank Sid bream for the 1.

  4. UKgrad80
    8:23 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    If the Brewers and the Giants had the same record why did the Brewers go did they flip a coin?

    • ClutchCargo
      9:27 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

      There is a series of tiebreakers and the Brewers came out on top based on that.

  5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    9:42 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    Reds all the way!

  6. Section233
    11:26 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    Cincy is basically Northern Ky

  7. Urincatland
    4:46 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

    Go Braves!