Reds Vault: Rose-Harrelson's NLCS fisticuffs

June 20th, 2021

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Oct. 8, 1973: Rose-Harrelson brawl in NLCS
During the fifth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium, Pete Rose slid hard into second base to try to break up a double play. Rose took out Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson with his slide and the two ended up brawling on the dirt as the benches cleared.

July 25, 2017: Reds turn unusual triple play
In his first game with the Yankees, former Reds third baseman Todd Frazier batted with the bases loaded against Luis Castillo in the second inning and hit into a triple play in the Bronx. Frazier sharply hit a one-hop grounder to shortstop José Peraza, who touched second base and fired to Joey Votto at first base for a double play as Matt Holliday crossed the plate. Running from second base, Didi Gregorius at first broke back to the bag and then made a late run for third base. Votto noticed and threw to third baseman Eugenio Suárez as Gregorius became the third out in a rundown. It was the 10th time a run has scored on a triple play, according to SABR's Triple Play Database, and the first in 11 years: The Mariners did so on a triple play executed by the Twins on May 27, 2006.

May 13, 2012: Mother's Day walk-off slam for Votto
Following a three-hour, 36-minute rain delay before the first pitch on Mother’s Day and during a nearly four-hour game, Joey Votto 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 Cincinnati win over the Nationals at Great American Ball Park.

May 30, 1992: Morris brawls with Gary Carter
Thrown out at home trying to score from second base on a Bill Doran single, first baseman Hal Morris said something to Expos catcher Gary Carter as they passed each other. Carter offered an elbow before the shoving started and the benches cleared. Morris and Carter were both ejected from the game as Cincinnati won vs. Montreal, 9-4.

July 5, 2016: Hamilton scores from 2B on passed ball
Center fielder Billy Hamilton drew a first-inning walk from Cubs pitcher John Lackey and promptly stole second base. That's where Hamilton was when a Lackey pitch got through catcher David Ross and went to the backstop. Hamilton bolted home and scored from second base on the play.

Aug. 19, 1965: Maloney works 10-walk, 10-inning no-no
Throwing a no-hitter is a special accomplishment, but Jim Maloney is one of the only men in baseball hitter who knows what it's like to carry one into extra innings. Maloney still owns the Majors' most recent official 10-inning no-hitter, beating the Cubs, 1-0, in a game in which he miraculously worked around 10 walks to keep the Cubs scoreless at Wrigley Field. In this clip, Maloney gets Ernie Banks to ground into a game-ending double play to complete the incredible feat, and then breaks down his performance next to Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau.

Maloney had actually carried a separate no-no into extra innings on June 14 of that same season against the Mets before he gave up an 11th-inning homer to lose, 1-0.

April 3, 2008: Cueto's sizzling MLB debut
How's this for a pitcher's first time through a lineup in his Major League debut: nine hitters, nine outs and five strikeouts. Yeah, it was pretty clear that a star was born when Reds Minor League star Johnny Cueto took the Great American Ball Park mound against Arizona, as he finished one of the best debuts in recent memory with 10 punchouts and one homer allowed for the only D-backs run across seven innings.

Cueto and Stephen Strasburg are the only modern-era pitchers to match at least 10 strikeouts with no walks in their MLB debuts.

Sept. 17, 1983: Bench homers on Johnny Bench Night
Legendary players dream of going out with a final victory lap, but very few are able to actually enjoy the one that Johnny Bench did toward the end of 1983. Having already announced his impending retirement, Bench -- who had manned first and third base for most of the season -- put on the catcher's gear and squatted behind home plate one last time for the Reds' "Johnny Bench Night" celebration against the Astros. Then, in his second at-bat, Bench clubbed his 389th and final career home run.

“It was wonderful," Bench said postgame, "the greatest, superlative thing that could have happened. It was THE greatest thing in my life. Sometimes I wonder if it’s me. Is this possible that I can be in the center of this?" Indeed, it was.

Oct. 11, 1972: Reds win pennant on wild pitch
The Reds-Pirates rivalry helped define the 1970s, when the two clubs met in four different National League Championship Series. The Reds won the first three matchups, but it took a miracle to take the pennant in '72. Johnny Bench led off the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 5 with a game-tying homer (at his mother's urging) off dominant Pirates reliever Dave Giusti, and the Reds followed with back-to-back singles to chase Giusti from the game.

The next Pittsburgh reliever, Bob Moose, retired the first two men he faced but then fired a wild pitch to the backstop, sending Reds batter Hal McRae jumping into the air in celebration as George Foster jogged home as the pennant-winning run. Moose's errant throw joined one thrown by another Pirates pitcher -- Johnnu Miljus in Game 4 of the 1927 World Series -- as wild pitches that have brought a postseason series to an end.

Oct. 6, 1995: Lewis' pinch-hit grand slam in NLDS Game 3
Infielder Mark Lewis never delivered on the promise that accompanied him as Cleveland's No. 2 overall pick in the 1988 MLB Draft, but he's still remembered very fondly in the other corner of Ohio. That's because Lewis made history when he came off the bench in Game 3 of the 1995 NLDS against the Dodgers, stepping in for Jeff Branson against Mark Guthrie and belting the very first pinch-hit grand slam in MLB postseason history.

Lewis, whose pinch-hit slam feat was matched in following Octobers by Ricky Ledee (1999) and Miguel Montero (2016), grew up in Hamilton, Ohio -- about a 45-minute drive away from Riverfront Stadium.

May 3, 2011: Phillips' between-the-legs flip
Brandon Phillips made this play to first base look so smooth that the Reds' broadcast needed several angles to determine how he did it. Charging a soft grounder by Jason Bourgeois, Phillips barehanded the ball and then flipped to first baseman Joey Votto between his legs basketball style -- not behind the back, as the broadcasters first believed -- to get Bourgeois by a step.