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Most Memorable 2006 Reds Game

Let's take a (mostly) positive look back at 2006. What was the most memorable game? I've put together some contenders.

April 14 - Reds 1 Cards 0 - Harang's Masterpiece
Aaron Harang announced himself as an ace, outdueling reigning CYA winner Chris Carpenter. The Harangatan drove in the Reds' only run.
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April 19 - Reds 9 Marlins 8 - Clawing Back Against Florida
Having just dropped 2 of 3 to the Cards and in danger of losing this series to Florida (who were considered the worst of the NL), the Reds needed a win. The mounted a comeback, scoring 1 in the 7th and 3 in the 8th. In the 9th Edwin hit a walkoff double, scoring Dunn (who had walked).
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April 28 - Reds 5 Astros 4 - The Curse is Lifted
For the first time ever the Reds handed Roy Oswalt a loss. Brandon Claussen took the win as the Reds moved to 16-7, the best record in baseball.
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May 11 - Reds 5 Nats 4 (11) - Jr's Return (I)
Tied 1-1 after 10, Washington opened in up with 3 runs in the 11th. Not to be outdone, the Reds scored 4 in the bottom of the inning, capped off by Griffey's 3-run walkoff homer. It had been Griffey's first day off the DL.
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June 3 - Reds 7 Astros 5 - Bronson's Big Night
Bronson Arroyo got his 7th win, allowing 0 earned runs and driving in 4 himself. He went 3-3 against Andy Pettite.
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June 4 - Reds 6 Astros 4 (11) - Freel Sweeps Houston
The next day Ryan Freel hit a 2 run homer in the 11th to give the Reds the sweep in Houston.
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June 5 - Reds 8 Cards 7 - Griffey Crushes Cards
Trailing 7-5 in the ninth at St Louis, Griffey took Isringhausen deep for a 3 run bomb. The Reds went on to sweep the Cards as part of an 8 game win streak that left them in first place.
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June 21 - Reds 6 Mets 5 - Tomorrow Never Dies
The Reds had trailed all night. ESPN broadcaster Orel Hershiser knew the Mets would win. He could see it in their eyes. But with 2 outs in the 9th against Billy Wagner, the Reds started a rally that culminated with Brandon Phillips driving home 2 runs.
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June 30 - Reds 9 Indians 8 - Dunn's Slam
Trailing 8-4 in the 9th, Kearns and Phillips got the Reds one run. Freel and Lopez walked, setting the stage for Adam Dunn. The Donkey blasted a walk off, 2-out grand slam.
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July 15 - Reds 3 Rockies 2 - Happy Birthday Deno
On his 26th birthday, Chris Denorfia celebrated by knocking a 2-run walkoff home run off Colorado closer Brian Fuentes.
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August 8 - Reds 10 Cards 3 - Freel Dazzles
It could have been a lot closer if not for Ryan Freel's dazzling catch. Freel layed out in centerfield to rob Pujols of extra bases with 2 men on. Electrified, the Reds rolled.
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August 9 - Reds 8 Cards 7 - Ross the Merciless
The next night Dave Ross, who hadn't started, belted a walkoff 2-run homer off Izzy.
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August 11 - Reds 5 Phillies 6 (14) - Narron's Brilliant Plan
Dental plan! After both teams blew saves in the 9th, they put up zeros into the 14th as starters pitched relief. In the 14th Jerry Narron intentionally walked future MVP Ryan Howard, loading the bases with no outs. Elizardo Ramirez (who would start the next day before going on the DL for the remainder of the year) couldn't pitch out of that jam.
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August 22 - Reds 14 Astros 0 - Butt-kicking
For those who like blowouts, this was the Reds' best. Kyle Lohse cruised and an 8-run 3rd powered the Reds past Houston. The Reds were looking good for the wild card with a west coast trip looming.
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August 29 - Reds 5 Dodgers 6 (16) - Endless Night
After a 10 pm first pitch, wasted Red Reporters watched both teams go scoreless after the 6th inning. In the 16th, Ryan Franklin's first pitch was taken deep by Ramon Martinez. Given a chance he would throw it again.
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September 25 - Reds 5 Cubs 4 - Jr's Return (II)
With their playoff hopes barely alive, Griffey came off the DL to deliver a 3-run pinch hit homer in the 8th.
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If I've left out your favorite tell us about it.

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