Here are top 10 moments in GABP history

December 1st, 2021

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have called Great American Ball Park home since 2003. Although it has yet to host a World Series, it has been the site of postseason baseball, the 2015 All-Star Game, no-hitters and several other fantastic moments.

Here is a list of the top 10 Reds moments at GABP.

1. Sept. 28, 2010: Bruce’s homer clinches division
Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning against Astros left-hander Tim Byrdak in a game tied at 2, right fielder Jay Bruce crushed the first pitch and immediately raised his right arm in celebration. As the ball landed beyond the center-field fence, Cincinnati clinched the National League Central title for its first playoff berth since 1995.

“He hit it a ton, and it’s gone! And the 2010 Central Division championship belongs to the Cincinnati Reds!” Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman proclaimed.

2. July 13, 2015: Frazier wins the Home Run Derby
Cincinnati hosted the 2015 All-Star Game and had one of its own competing in the Home Run Derby in third baseman Todd Frazier. In a format change, new rules created timed rounds of four minutes during an eight-player, single-elimination bracket. It proved to be an immediate hit with fans.

Frazier, the No. 2 seed, first defeated Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder in Round 1, then knocked off Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in Round 2. In the final round against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Frazier needed a bonus-time drive into the left-field seats to win, 15-14. The sold-out crowd at GABP shook the facility as it roared with approval while fireworks exploded.

3. June 6, 2017: Gennett slugs four home runs
A pre-Opening Day waiver claim who was used as a utility player at the time, had a breakout season for the Reds in 2017. Starting against the Cardinals in left field, Gennett became the 17th Major League player -- and first from the Reds -- to hit four home runs in a game during a 13-1 rout.

Gennett, who went 5-for-5, blooped a two-out RBI single in the first inning, then followed that with a grand slam in the third, a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot in the sixth. With a lot of anticipation building in the eighth, Gennett delivered a two-run homer to right field. It gave him a franchise-record-tying 10 RBIs, and he set a single-game club mark with 17 total bases.

4. May 13, 2012: Mother’s Day walk-off grand slam for Votto
Following a 3-hour, 36-minute rain delay before first pitch on Mother’s Day, and during a nearly four-hour game, made it all worth the wait for soggy fans. He went 4-for-5 with three home runs -- including a walk-off grand slam for a dramatic, come-from-behind, 9-6 win over the Nationals at Great American Ball Park.

Votto hit a first-inning, opposite-field solo homer to left field, a solo homer to center in the fourth and an eighth-inning double to the right-field wall. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded, he ended the game with a drive to right-center field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Votto became the first player in MLB history to hit three homers in a game with one of them being a walk-off grand slam.

5. July 2, 2013: Bailey’s second no-hitter
During a 3-0 victory over the Giants, Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey notched the second no-hitter of his career and recorded nine strikeouts with one walk. Bailey had a perfect game through six innings, before he walked Gregor Blanco to open the top of the seventh. In the ninth, Blanco’s routine groundout to third base ended the game.

Bailey’s previous no-hitter came on Sept. 28, 2012, at Pittsburgh. It was the first time since fellow Texan Nolan Ryan in 1974 and '75 that a pitcher threw two no-hitters without another big league pitcher accomplishing the feat in between.

6. Aug. 8, 2006: Freel’s spectacular catch
In the fifth inning, as the Reds held a 4-1 lead over the Cardinals, Eric Milton delivered a pitch that Albert Pujols drove to deep right-center field. Right fielder Ryan Freel made a long run before completing a spectacular diving catch on the warning track that robbed Pujols of an extra-base hit and saved two runs.

Freel was known for making great defensive plays, and it was often appreciated by fans. But this time, the crowd of 40,094 fans in attendance roared after the catch with a long standing ovation that briefly delayed the next at-bat. Cincinnati went on to defeat St. Louis, 10-3.

7. June 30, 2006: Dunn’s walk-off grand slam
Cincinnati trailed Cleveland by seven runs in the eighth inning before pulling off an improbable, come-from-behind win. The Reds scored four runs in the eighth and five in the ninth. It was Adam Dunn’s drive that hooked inside the right-field foul pole for a walk-off grand slam that completed the wild 9-8 victory.

8. Aug. 19, 2016: Lorenzen slugs an emotional home run
Just back from bereavement leave after the death of his father, reliever Michael Lorenzen pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings during a 9-2 win over the Dodgers. A moment equally touching, and electric, came during the seventh inning, when Lorenzen hit a three-run homer -- the first of his career. Lorenzen had tears flowing as each teammate hugged him in the dugout while fans asked for a curtain call, and he obliged.

9. Sept. 23, 2020: Bauer’s huge start
In his final regular-season start of 2020 -- which came on three days’ rest as the Reds were fighting for a postseason berth -- Trevor Bauer delivered an important outing. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits over eight innings with 12 strikeouts and one walk in a 6-1 victory over the Brewers.

Cincinnati went on to clinch an NL Wild Card berth for its first postseason berth since 2013. Bauer went on to become the first Reds pitcher to win the NL Cy Young Award.

10. Aug. 10, 2010: The brawl
The Reds were trying to take over first place in the NL Central from the perennial favorite Cardinals when the rivalry boiled over. The previous day, second baseman Brandon Phillips used derogatory words in a quote in a story about his hatred of the Cards. When Phillips batted leadoff in the bottom of the first inning, he tried to tap a friendly hello with his bat to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s shin guard. Molina had no interest in niceties and shoved Phillips’ bat away. The two players exchanged words, which soon emptied both benches.

An ugly brawl ensued before Cincinnati lost the game, 8-4. But it was the genesis that soon began a seven-game winning streak for the Reds on their way to winning the division, while the Cardinals faded.