This year’s Reds squad has electrified the fans with several last inning heroics for victories. The 2000 edition of the Reds went through a similar spurt in May, winning three consecutive games with last inning home runs.

On May 13, 2000, Ken Griffey, Jr., in his first season as a Red, provided the winning margin in an 8-7 victory over the Astros in Houston. Trailing 6-2 in the top of the 8th inning, Michael Tucker, Griffey and Dmitri Young hit consecutive homers, providing four runs to tie the game at 6-6. The Astros took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 8th, before Griffey’s second homer of the game provided the winning margin for the Reds. Griffey’s two run homer came with two outs, on an 0-2 pitch from ace reliever Billy Wagner.

The Reds had won the two previous games on home runs, too. On May 11, Aaron Boone hit a two-run walk off home run to beat the Padres, 11-9, at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati. Aaron’s brother and former Red, Bret Boone, hit two home runs for the Padres that day.

On the next night, May 12, the Reds slugged two homers in the top of the 11th inning to beat the Astros 7-3, in the Reds’ first ever game at Enron Field in Houston. Pokey Reese broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run homer, and Reds’ closer Danny Graves followed with his first major league home run to provide the final margin. The homer was Graves’s first major league hit, coming in his 12th major league at bat.

Information gathered from one of my favorite Reds’ books, “Redleg Journal,” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder.

One Response

  1. pinson343

    Late inning heroics are wonderful, but you can’t count on them for a full season. The 2003 Reds, in the first half, were walkoff wonders. They went into July 4th weekend with a 40-43 weekend, which doesn’t sound so good but they were only 3 and half (I think) out of first place. They had won at least half their games in their last AB, and had come from behind to win some incredible number of games in their last AB.

    A lot of their comeback wins were helped by a deep bullpen. Anyway they collapsed in July, Boone and Bowden got fired, much of the team got traded, including the whole bullpen.

    The biggest difference between this team and that team: the starting rotation. Our ace that year: Paul Wilson, 8-10.