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Reds beat Dodgers, clinch National League Central

Sep 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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The first division crown of 2012 has been claimed.

Mat Latos fanned seven batters over eight shutout innings and Jay Bruce hit his 34th home run of the season as the Reds rolled to an easy 6-0 victory on Saturday afternoon over the Dodgers, locking up the National League Central in front of a crowd of more than 40,000 at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds have now won two division titles in the past three years and are currently tied with the Nationals for the most victories (92) in Major League Baseball.

They can give rest to some of their regulars and get their starting rotation lined up the way they want it over the final 10 days of the regular season. The divisional rounds begin October 6 and 7.

Cincinnati will be hoping for a long postseason run this time around. When the Reds won the NL Central in 2010, they were swept in the NLDS by the Phillies and no-hit by Roy Halladay in one of those games.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Congrats to the Reds, and best wishes to Dusty.

  2. thatyankeedude - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I would actually like to see the reds not suck butt these playoffs so congrats to them for now but they better not just be content with winning the division. Let’s see a Yankee vs Reds WS.

  3. wmyounce - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    It was a great night to be at the game. To watch the Reds and Dodgers plays. The one thing I have not read on this great night the Reds had, Is they Clinched the National League Central on Scout Day at the Park. There were Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at the game. They walked the field before the game, got to watch the game and after the game get to watch a Movie and then camp over night in the Outfield.. To me that is just the best night to have done it what a way to top off the day and night for them by having the Reds beat Dodgers, and clinch National League Central. Thanks to the Reds and their promoting staff for a great event..

  4. Marty - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    For some lulz, ask Siri the score to today’s dodgers game.

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    At least the Dodgers, after blowing any chance at post-season play, can say they were instrumental in the race: So far they’ve helped the Nats and Reds clinch playoff spots. Good work by an overpaid, under-achieving group of chumps.No wonder the rest of the league is ecstatic with Colletti’s “trades.”

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, 2012 NL West champions! Even though they tried to purchase a pennant, the Dodgers have more in common with the Red Sox or Phillies than Yankees.

  6. dutchman45 - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    To that yankeedude. Don’t wish too hard for a Yankee Reds world series. Remember 1976! The Brooms came out.
    Go REDS

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