This guy put the clinch on hold, for now
A Cardinals loss to the Cubs earlier in the day meant that the Reds could clinch their second NL Central title in three seasons with a win over the visiting Dodgers on Friday. Unfortunately, the Reds (91-60) will have to wait at least one more day after suffering 3-1 defeat to LA (78-73) in extra innings.
There wasn't much offense in this contest, so let's skip right to the decisive inning.
Cincinnati ran into trouble in the top of the tenth when Sam LeCure hit leadoff hitter Juan Rivera. The next batter then reached when Joey Votto gambled and lost when trying to nail the lead runner at second. After a sacrifice bunt by Nick Punto and a walk issued to Mark Ellis, Sean Marshall came into the game to relieve LeCure. Marshall would do well in striking out the first batter he faced (Andre Ethier), but would allow a 2-run single to Matt Kemp to surrender the lead to Los Angeles, 3-1.
And that's how the final score would read as...