2012 Cincinnati Reds season
|2012 Cincinnati Reds|
|National League Central champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Walt Jocketty|
Fox Sports Ohio|
(Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh, Jim Kelch, George Grande, Jeff Brantley)
WLW (700 AM)|
Reds Radio Network
(Marty Brennaman, Jeff Brantley, Jim Kelch, Thom Brennaman)
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The 2012 Cincinnati Reds season was the 123rd season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their tenth at Great American Ball Park. The Reds improved on their record of 79–83 in 2011 and became the first team to clinch playoff berth in 2012 by defeating the Cubs 5–3 on September 20. They clinched the NL Central division with a 6–0 victory over the Dodgers on September 22. Their final record was 97-65 and they subsequently lost in five games to the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series.
NL Central standings
|National League Central||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||74||0.543||9||50–31||38–43|
NL Wild Card
|San Francisco Giants||94||68||0.580|
|Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||74||0.543||—|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||86||76||0.531||2|
|San Diego Padres||76||86||0.469||12|
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||14|
Record vs. opponents
2012 National League Records
Source: MLB Standings Grid
Regular Season Highlights
Opening Day Starting Lineup
|Starting Pitcher||Johnny Cueto|
|First Baseman||Joey Votto|
|Second Baseman||Brandon Phillips|
|Third Baseman||Scott Rolen|
|Left Fielder||Ryan Ludwick|
|Center Fielder||Drew Stubbs|
|Right Fielder||Jay Bruce|
- May 13: Joey Votto homers three times, including a walk-off grand slam in a 9–6 win over the Washington Nationals on Mother's Day. Votto became the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit three homers and have one of them be a walk-off grand slam in the same game.
- May 21: In a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves, The Reds had 4 solo home runs in one game, including three in a row in the 4th inning by Mike Leake, Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs. Both Leake and Cozart's home runs were caught by the same fan, Caleb Lloyd. Mike Leake went 8 innings with 6 strikeouts to earn his first victory of 2012.
- May 21–24: The Reds complete a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves. The Reds hit 10 home runs during the series. It was the first 4-game sweep of the Braves since 1990. At the end of the series, the Reds ascended into first place by half a game when the Cardinals lost to the Phillies.
- June 12–14: The Reds sweep their in-state rivals, the Cleveland Indians, in three games. During the three wins, the Reds outscored the Indians 24–9 and outhit them 37–26.
- June 15–17: The Reds win three straight games against the New York Mets for their second straight sweep, making 6 straight wins.
- June 18, 19, 20: On June 18, 19, 20 the Indians swept their instate rival Cincinnati Reds in Cleveland scoring 21 runs to the Reds 12, beating LeCure, Chapman and Arroyo.
- July 16: Joey Votto is placed on 15-day DL due to arthroscopic knee surgery.
- July 19–29: The Reds beat Arizona in a dramatic comeback, then sweep Milwaukee at Great American Ball Park, Houston and Colorado on the road to go on a 10-game winning streak. All of these wins came without 2010 MVP and All-Star First Baseman, Joey Votto. As a result of the streak Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman had his head shaved, with proceeds going to Cincinnati area charities.
- September 20: The Reds became the first team in MLB to secure a spot in the playoffs with a 5–3 win over the Chicago Cubs.
- September 22: The Reds became the first division winner, with a 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the win gives the Reds their second NL Central title in three years.
- September 28: Homer Bailey no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Only two men reached, Barmes on a fielding error by Scott Rolen in the 3rd and a walk by McCutchen in the 7th. It was the 15th no-hitter in the long existence of the Cincinnati Reds. Frazier's sacrifice fly, scoring Phillips in the 1st was the lone run. Bailey struck out 10.
|Bold||Reds team member|
|2012 Game Log|
Legend Reds Win Reds Loss Game Postponed 2012 Postseason Game Log # Date Opponent (TV) Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series 1 October 6 @ Giants (TBS) W 5–2 LeCure (1–0) Cain (0–1) 43,492 CIN 1–0 2 October 7 @ Giants (TBS) W 9–0 Arroyo (1–0) Bumgarner (0-1) 43,505 CIN 2–0 3 October 9 Giants (TBS) L 1–2 Romo (1–0) Broxton (0-1) 44,501 CIN 2–1 4 October 10 Giants (TBS) L 3–8 Lincecum (1–0) Leake (0-1) 44,375 Tied 2–2 5 October 11 Giants (TBS) L 4–6 Cain (1–1) Latos (0-1) Romo (1) 44,142 SF 3–2
National League Division Series: vs. San Francisco Giants
|WP: LeCure (1-0) LP: Cain (0-1) Sv: None|
CIN: Brandon Phillips (1), Jay Bruce (1)
SF: Buster Posey (1)
|WP: Arroyo (1-0) LP: Bumgarner (0-1) Sv: None|
CIN: Ryan Ludwick (1)
|WP: Romo (1-0) LP: Broxton (0-1) Sv: None|
|WP: Lincecum (1-0) LP: Leake Sv: None|
SF: Ángel Pagán (1), Gregor Blanco (1), Pablo Sandoval (1)
CIN: Ryan Ludwick (2)
|WP: Cain (1-1) LP: Latos (0-1) Sv: Romo (1)|
SF: Buster Posey (2)
CIN: Ryan Ludwick (3)
|2012 Cincinnati Reds|
Up to date as of September 27, 2012.
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
Note: G = Games played; GS = Games Started IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; HLD = Holds; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO= Strikeouts; WHIP = Walks and Hits Per Innings Pitched
Minor League Standings
|AAA||Louisville Bats||International League||David Bell||51||93||4th, INT West (38 GB)|
|AA||Pensacola Blue Wahoos||Southern League||Jim Riggleman||34||35||3rd, SOU South (4 GB)|
|High-A||Bakersfield Blaze||California League||Ken Griffey, Sr.||31||39||4th, CAL North (8 GB)|
|Low-A||Dayton Dragons||Midwest League||Delino DeShields||30||38||7th, MWL East (11 GB)|
|Billings Mustangs||Pioneer League||Pat Kelly||21||17||2nd, PIO North (2 GB)|
|AZL Reds||Arizona League||José Nieves||18||38||4th, AZL Central (16½ GB)|
|DSL D-Backs/Reds||Dominican Summer League||Henry Martínez||16||53||8th (32½ GB) Boca Chica South|
|DSL Reds||Dominican Summer League||Joel Noboa||40||29||3rd (2½ GB)|
Boca Chica Baseball City
- Behind Mat Latos, Reds regain reign of NL Central MLB.com
- Marty Brennaman puts his hair on the line
- Reds first to 80 wins after sweeping Diamondbacks MLB.com
- Playoff bound: Reds earn berth with sweep MLB.com
- Reds 6, Dodgers 0 MLB.com
- Reds 1, Pirates 0 MLB.com
- "2012 MILB Standings". milb.com. Retrieved April 5, 2012.