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Reds Bats Held in Check, Lose to Padres

June 30, 1976 at San Diego Stadium 

Padres 3, Reds 1  (45-29)

The Reds only managed a single run on six hits a day after playing yesterday’s 14 inning extravaganza.  Ken Griffey drove home Cesar Geronimo in the top of the third to account for the only Reds’ run of the game.  Both Griffey and Geronimo had a pair of hits, accounting for four of the Reds’ six hits.

Jack Billingham dropped to 5-6 on the season and he gave up three runs on eight hits with two walks  Rich Hinton and Pedro Borbon both threw a perfect inning and were called up to help keep the Reds in the game after last game’s extra innings depleted Sparky’s pen.



Grabbing Bullpen by the Horns

By Thaq Diesel

Bronson Arroyo is waiting.  He’s waiting for David Weathers to go to sleep tonight.  He has a towel in one hand and a bar of soap in the other.  Like the movie “Full Metal Jacket,” he’s about to give Weathers a hit in the stomach with the bar of soap.  “Gomer, I know you don’t mean to keep screwing up, but the rest of us all have to pay for it!!!!”

I can’t say for sure that Arroyo would have been named the NL All-Star starter over Glavine with a win tonight and there are still a few more games to sort it out, but holding on to the lead for Bronson would have helped.  There just isn’t any relief in the bullpen.  Where would you start in gutting it?  Hammond?  Weathers?  Can they work through this rut?  Coffey at least closed it out.

  • Griffey is on one of those great HR streaks he can get into. 
  • I thought it funny when F-Lo in the dugout said, “Oh my GOD!” when he saw Dunn’s HR in the third inning.  Derek Bell of the Astros once did that at the plate with one of his own homeruns.  Some pitcher threw a 90+ fastball and Bell got around on it and made a nasty look on his face watching it fly out of the park mouthing the words, “Oh My God…”
  • Good for Dunn for hitting the game-winning double in the 8th.  I never thought he would make contact after he had two strikes on him, but he came through.

“PRIVATE PYLE!  WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION?!?!?!?”



Reds Score Seven Runs in Fourteenth Inning to Blowout Padres

June 29, 1976 at San Diego Stadium 

Reds 12, Padres 5  (45-28)

It would be hard to tell from the final score of this game that it went 14 innings.  With the Reds up by a single run, the Padres scored a run in the eighth against Rawly Eastwick to send the game into extra frames.  Both teams scored a single run in the tenth to add some drama, then neither team scored in the next three innings.  Then in the top of the 14th inning, the Reds put seven runs on the board on six hits. 

Cesar Geronimo, Mike Lum and Dave Concepcion all homered.  Geronimo ended the game five for six with two walks, three RBIs and three runs.  Dave Concepcion went for four for eight with three RBIS and two runs.

Pat Zachry ended up with the win.  He went 3 1/3 innings including getting the last batter out in the bottom of the tenth with the winning run on second base.  He improved to 7-3 on the season.



Joe Morgan Homers, Drives in Four in Win Over Padres

June 28, 1976 at San Diego Stadium 

Reds 7, Padres 3  (44-28)

The Reds won their second straight game as they piled up six runs in the early innings to give them a comfotable lead.  Joe Morgan went three for five with his thireenth homerun of the season and four RBIs.  Pete Rose, George Foster and Santo Alcala all scored two times.

Alcala improved to 7-2 on the season and gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings of work.  Pedro Borbon closed out the game by getting the final five batters out as he earned his third save of the season.



Fred Norman Holds Astros to Four Hits in Win Over Astros

June 27, 1976 at the Astrodome 

Reds 4, Astros 2  (43-28)

The Reds won their series with the Astros behind a strong outing by Fred Norman.  Norman went seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits as he improved to 6-1.  Rawly Eastwick threw two perfect innings to close out the game and he earned his ninth save of the season.

Cesar Geronimo went three for four with two runs and Pete Rose drove in two runs. 



Joaquin Andujar Shutouts Reds in Loss to Astros

June 26, 1976 at the Astrodome 

Astros 3, Reds 0  (42-28)

The Reds outhit the Astros ten to three but failed to put a single run on the board as their series with the Astros evened up.  Pat Zachry walked the bases loaded in the first then gave up a bases clearing double to Jose Cruz.  In all he gave up three runs on two hits with nine walks and eight strikeouts.  He dropped to 6-3 on the season.

Cesar Geronimo had two hits and the Reds doubled three times, but they stranded nine batters.  Joaquin Andujar didn’t walk a batter and he struck out three Reds.



Battle of Ohio: Round 1 Goes to Reds

By Thaq Diesel

Elizardo Ramirez almost coughed up the win on his own today.  Yet, he dug deep, pitched himself out of a jam (after a balk moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd) and got a long overdue victory.  The apocalypse will now begin.

The road trip is finally over and the Reds can boast a 4-3 winning record.  Despite being only 1 game over .500 in June, Cincinnati is only two games out of first.  How cool would it be to have the Reds in first place at the All-Star break?  We all wished it at the start of the season, but how many of us Reds fans actually believed deep down in our hearts that they could do it?  As it stands, the Reds would be the National League Wild Card. 

  • The American League Central has mowed down the National League Central this year in interleague play.  In particular, this past week hasn’t been pretty.  Looks like the Astros are finally going to stop the bleeding tonight.
  • It was satisfying to see Griffey and Dunn homer in the same inning today.  I can’t figure out if Dunn is slumping (for the entire season) or if he’s just settled for nestling home runs in between strikeouts. 
  • Congratulations to Jerry Narron for being selected to the National League All-Star team as manager.  Griffey may yet sneak in as an outfielder and you have to figure that Arroyo is going to be a pitcher on the team, if not the starter.
  • Hopefully the Kansas City Royals will not prove to be a miserable team with the Reds number, akin to the Cubs this year.  The Reds have lost to most superior teams this year.  They really need to whoop up on the inferior ones when they can.
  • If you were Jeremy Sowers, would you think it cool that you gave up your first big league home run to Griffey?  I would, but then again I’m a fan.


Battle of Ohio: Round 1 Goes to Reds

By Thaq Diesel

Elizardo Ramirez almost coughed up the win on his own today.  Yet, he dug deep, pitched himself out of a jam (after a balk moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd) and got a long overdue victory.  The apocalypse will now begin.

The road trip is finally over and the Reds can boast a 4-3 winning record.  Despite being only 1 game over .500 in June, Cincinnati is only two games out of first.  How cool would it be to have the Reds in first place at the All-Star break?  We all wished it at the start of the season, but how many of us Reds fans actually believed deep down in our hearts that they could do it?  As it stands, the Reds would be the National League Wild Card. 

  • The American League Central has mowed down the National League Central this year in interleague play.  In particular, this past week hasn’t been pretty.  Looks like the Astros are finally going to stop the bleeding tonight.
  • It was satisfying to see Griffey and Dunn homer in the same inning today.  I can’t figure out if Dunn is slumping (for the entire season) or if he’s just settled for nestling home runs in between strikeouts. 
  • Congratulations to Jerry Narron for being selected to the National League All-Star team as manager.  Griffey may yet sneak in as an outfielder and you have to figure that Arroyo is going to be a pitcher on the team, if not the starter.
  • Hopefully the Kansas City Royals will not prove to be a miserable team with the Reds number, akin to the Cubs this year.  The Reds have lost to most superior teams this year.  They really need to whoop up on the inferior ones when they can.
  • If you were Jeremy Sowers, would you think it cool that you gave up your first big league home run to Griffey?  I would, but then again I’m a fan.


Dan Driessen Leads Reds Offensive Attack Over Astros

June 25, 1976 at the Astrodome 

Reds 8, Astros 6  (42-27)

The Reds got back on track by clubbing the Astros to the tune of eight runs and fifteen hits.  Dan Driessen had a huge day as he went three for three with five RBIs.  Cesar Geronimo has three hits and a run and both Pete Rose and Ken Griffey had two hits and two runs.

Rich Hinton started the game for the Reds (it was his first and only start of the season) but was hit hard and didn’t make it through the third.  He gave up five runs on six hits.  Pedro Borbon improved to 1-1 and pitched five solid innings.  He gave up one run on four hits.  Will McEnaney got the final four batters out in a row and earned his fourth save of the season.



Reds Comeback Falls Just Short in Loss to Phillies

June 24, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Phillies 5, Reds 4  (42-27)

The Reds suffered another close loss at the hand of the Phillies.  Down 4-0, the Reds scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning only to see starter Gary Nolan give up a fifth run in the seventh inning that would be the difference.

Nolan dropped to 7-4 on the season and he gave up five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work.  Johnny Bench provided most of the offense as he hit a three run shot in that four run sixth inning.  George Foster drove in the other run with a single.



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