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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