Saturday, October 02, 1999
Playoff hopes on hold
Reds lose 4-3 in extra innings
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MILWAUKEE The Reds' hopes of making the postseason playoffs will have to wait at least one more day.
Scott Williamson sits on the bench after giving up two eighth-inning runs.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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The Reds lost 4-3 in 10 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers late Friday. A victory would have sealed a berth in the playoffs.
However, the Reds remained tied for first place atop the National League's Central Division with the Houston Astros, who also lost Friday, 5-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The New York Mets, who trail the Reds and the Astros by one game to make the final, wild-card position in the playoffs, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in 11 innings.
The Reds remain on the brink of making the postseason for the first time since 1995.
All three contending teams have two games left to play. The Reds must win one game to assure themselves of no worse than a one-game playoff for the National League's wild-card spot. That would take place at 2:05 p.m. Monday at Cinergy.
Should the Reds win the Central, they would begin the best-of-five Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Phoenix.