On October 11, 1972, Bob Moose of the Pittsburgh Pirates unleashes a ninth inning wild pitch, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 win in the decisive fifth game of the National League playoffs. The Bucs had entered the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead before Johnny Bench’s solo home run against Dave Giusti tied the game.

October 11, 1972

In one of the most dramatic games in franchise history, the Reds clinched the National League pennant with a 4-3 win over the Pirates in game five of the NLCS before 41,887 at Riverfront Stadium. Pittsburgh led 3-1 after four innings. From then on, Pedro Borbon, Clay Carroll and Tom Hall held the Pirates scoreless. The Reds drew within a run in the fifth when Cesar Geronimo homered off Steve Blass. Johnny Bench led off the ninth with a homer to right field off Dave Giusti. Tony Perez and Denis Menke followed with singles. Bob Moose relieved Giusti. George Foster pinch-ran for Perez and advanced from second base to third on a fly ball by Geronimo. With pinch-hitter Hal McRae at the plate, Mosse let loose with a wild pitch that skipped past Manny Sanguillen, and Foster raced home with the winning run.

 

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