May 14, 1975 Phillies 4, Reds 0 (18-16)
It was a carbon copy of yesterday’s game, as the Reds had the misfortune of going up against two future hall of famers in a three game span.
Steve Carlton held the Reds to seven hits. Surprisingly, they did tag him for four doubles, but none of those came around to score.
May 13, 1975 Philies 4, Reds 0 (18-15)
Leftfielder Merv Rettenmund went two for four and had the only multi-hit game.
May 11, 1975 Mets 3, Reds 2 (18-14)
It’s tough winning when you’re facing one of the best pitchers ever. And Tom Seaver was true to form, as he shut down the Reds. Pete Rose did tag him for a solo shot to lead off the game, and Dan Driessen drove in a run with a sacrafice fly to put the Reds up 2-0. But after that first inning, Seaver gave up a mere three hits the rest of the game.
May 10, 1975 Reds 7, Mets 1 (18-13)
The Reds had put together their first extended winning streak of the season. Since April 22, they had won eleven out of their last sixteen games.
Hitting stars included Ken Griffey (three for four, two runs) and George Foster (two run homer, his fifth of the season). Probably the strangest stat line was Tony Perez, who was 0 for 1 with a run scored and two RBIs. He walked in a run and drove in another run with a sacrafice fly.
Clay Kirby had a rough outing. Although he gave up only one run, he gave up five hits and three walks. Reliever Will McEnaney was awesome, throwing 3 2/3 no hit innings and earning his second save of the season. His only blemish was a walk in the eighth.
This has been a long time coming. Paul Wilson not only got one batter out before leaving the game, but he currently has eight outs. And he’s still pitching. He did give up a run in the first, but Felipe Lopez answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two run shot.
In other news, Wilson’s ERA is now back below 7.00. For now.
May 9, 1975 Reds 4, Mets 3 (17-13)
It’s funny how through the course of a season, the good teams find a way to win. This game was one of those weird ones, as the Reds were basically shut down for eight innings of this game. But in one of those innings, the fifth, the Reds exploded for all four of their runs on only three hits. To make matters more unusual, starter Don Gullett drove in two of the four runs.
Joe Morgan was the other hitting star, racking up two hits and driving in two runs.
Gullett threw a nice game as well as getting it done with the bat. He went six innings, giving up eight hits and only one run. The Mets threatened in the ninth, but Clay Carroll came in to get the final out and earn his second save of the season.
May 8, 1975 Padres 3, Reds 0 (16-13)
It was one of those games. The Reds got hits in the second and fifth innings, and had both baserunners erased with double plays. They finally got their first base runner into scoring position in the seventh when Joe Morgan singled and stole second. Then in the eighth, it was more of the same when they got their fourth and final hit, only to see a third double play.
A nice start by Gary Nolan was wasted. He went the distance, giving up only nine hits and three runs.
May 7, 1975 Reds 10, Padres 2 (16-12)
The Reds were actually down 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. Tony Perez tied the game up with a two run shot. In the fifth, the flood gates opened and the Reds scored six, four of which came on a Johnny Bench grand slam.
Starter Fred Norman went five innings, giving up seven hits and two runs. Clay Carroll pitched four innings of relief to earn his first save of the season. He gave up only three hits, while striking out three.
Johnny Bench had the big game, going three for four, scoring twice, and driving in four. The other interesting sidenote of this game was, according to the Retrosheet gamelog, Sparky was ejected in the third for arguing a non-balk.
I just hopped on to Yahoo Sports to check the Reds score. Lo and behold, the Reds gave up 10 runs in the first inning. Paul Wilson gave up five hits, a walk and got nobody out. Relief didn’t do much to help him, or the team, either.
Sigh. Guess we won’t be tying the Pirates tonight.
May 6, 1975 Reds 7, Padres 3 (15-12)
The Reds jumped out to an early start, putting up three runs in the first inning on four hits. Pete Rose went four for five, and Joe Morgan had three hits, two RBIs, and he scored twice. Morgan also added his 17th stolen base of the season.
Starter Jack Billingham threw a nice game. He went the distance, giving up only six hits and three runs.