The Cincinnati Reds have made it to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. While there was no doubt the Reds were in, the official clinching came in dramatic fashion with right-fielder Jay Bruce’s walk-off home run. According to Elias Sports Bureau it was the fifth game-ending home run in major league history which clinched a team’s postseason berth. The four previous instances: Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World” for the 1951 New York Giants; Hank Aaron’s 11th-inning blast for the 1957 Milwaukee Braves; Alfonso Soriano’s 1st major-league hit for the 1999 New York Yankees; and Steve Finley’s grand slam for the 2004 Los Angeles Dodgers.
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