Way to make an impact. Wayne Krivsky has been on the prowl for relief pitching. Maybe someone should tell him to stay out of the dumpsters. One deal got us Kyle Lohse, who was so good he got demoted by the Twins not that long ago. In exchange, the Reds gave up Zach Ward. We also traded for Phillies reliever Rheal Cormier who’s actually thrown okay despite having a 13/13 strikeout to walk ratio in 34 innings. We shipped Justin Germano away in that deal.
So Wayne’s revamped the bullpen. Whooptie Freakin Da. You think I’d be more excited about the Reds being in contention but it’s hard to do with deals like this.
July 31, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 12, Padres 1 (66-38)
The Reds won their fourth straight game in a blowout win over the Padres. The Reds racked up twelve runs on nineteen hits.
Eddie Armbrister had a career day. He went four for six with two homeruns (his first two of the season), three RBIs and three runs. Dave Concepcion had four hits and two RBI while Tony Perez had three hits with a triple.
Fred Norman improved to 10-2 on the season with his complete game. He gave up only one run on four hits with eight strikeouts.
This happened back when the Cardinals were losing every day. The Reds just couldn’t manage to win to narrow that lead. As it stands, the Reds are only 3 1/2 games down but they could easily be closer if they would have closed out some of these games. Fortunately, the Reds are still on top in the Wild Card with a game and a half lead over the Diamondbacks.
The Reds scored only four runs on Friday, and while that was enough, it was the most they’d score in a game the entire series. Eric Milton actually threw together a very good start and he improved to 7-6. Eddie Guardardo earned his paycheck and picked up the save, and Ryan Freel drove home the game winner in the eighth inning. The three Brewers runs were all scored in the first inning.
Justin Germano made his first career start yesterday and also picked up his first career loss. He was tagged for four runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He did strike out eight though, which is definitely reassuring. No real hitting highlights but I have to point out that Gary Majewski gave up yet another run.
Aaron Harang was outdueled by Ben Sheets today. Harang gave up four runs on ten hits with nine strikeouts over six innings. The Reds made things very interesting by scoring three in the ninth to make it 4-3, but fell just short of the comeback. Ken Griffey, Jr. went yard and drove in two runs and Rich Aurilia hit a solo shot. Adam Dunn went two for four and he now has his batting average up to .263.
Next up is three against the Dodgers. The Dodgers were losing, but now they’re winning. Hopefully they’ll go back to losing.
July 30, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 13, Padres 8 (64-28)
The Reds scored 13 runs in the first three innings as they blew out the Padres in the first game of their Saturday doubleheader. Johnny Bench had four RBIs and Cesar Geronimo drove in three. Joe Morgan scored three times despite getting only one hit. He walked twice and Pete Rose also scored three times.
Don Gullett only made it through two innings and he was replaced with Manny Sarmiento, who made his major league debut. He gave up two runs (both unearned) on five hits and two walks but he notched his first career win. Pedro Borbon pitched the final four innings en route to his fourth save of the season.
July 30, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 4, Padres 2 (65-28)
Johnny Bench and George Foster each homered and drove in two runs to lead the Reds to a sweep of their doubleheader with the Padres. The Reds were actually outhit 10-6 but made their baserunners count.
Gary Nolan got his tenth win of the season with the complete game. He gave up two runs on ten hits with four strikeouts.
July 29, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 9, Padres 3 (63-28)
The Reds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and never looked back as they ended their two game skid. George Foster hit his 21st homerun of the season and drove in three runs and Joe Morgan went two for three with two walks, four runs, two RBIs and he hit his nineteenth homerun of the season.
Pat Zachry coasted to an easy win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Rawly Eastwick had a long relief outing but got the job done. He shut the Padres out over 3 1/3 innings and gave up only two hits.
July 28, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Giants 7, Reds 0 (62-28)
The Reds were shutout and in the process, lost their three game series with the Giants. Dave Concepcion had two of the Reds’ five hits.
Rookie starter Santo Alcala was hit hard and early. He gave up five runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Roy Oswalt owns the Reds and fortunately we didn’t have to face him this week. Aaron Harang was in the spotlight though, and he did his best Roger Clemens imitation against, well, Roger Clemens. On Tuesday, Harang combined with two relievers to throw a six hit shutout and despite scoring only two runs, the Reds walked away with the win. Scott Hatteberg had an RBI single in the first inning and while Harang drove in Brandon Phillips on a suicide squeeze, that first run was all the Reds needed.
Bronson Arroyo continues to struggle and he got beat up on Wednesday. He’s now 9-7 and that’s after that spectacular start. Adam Dunn went four for four and Rich Aurilia had three hits, including a homerun, and he scored three times.
The Reds won the rubber game 8-4. Adam Dunn was a men amongst boys and had a stat line that could have been taken from a video game box score. Three for three with two walks, four RBIs and three runs, Oh yeah, one of those hits was homerun number 31. Ken Griffey also went yard with number 20. Gary Mejewski got shelled as did Bill Bray. Fortunately it didn’t matter because we still won the game. Have I mentioned that was a garbage trade.
Despite the garbage trade, we cushioned out wild card lead with a 2 1/2 game cushion over (pick any NL team) the Diamondbacks. Next up is a three game set in Milwaukee against the beer drinkers.
July 27, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Giants 9, Reds 4 (62-27)
The Giants ended the Reds’ three game winning streak as they ran up the score on Jack Billingham. Billingham was tagged for six runs in the fifth inning and he dropped to 7-8 on the season.
July 26, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 9, Giants 3 (62-26)
The Reds won their third straight game by blowing out the Giants. George Foster went four for five with two runs and an RBI and Dan Driessen went four for five with three RBIs. Ken Griffey had two hits and three runs and Pete Rose led of the first with a homerun for the second straight time.
Fred Norman went the distance and improved to 9-2 on the season. All three runs that he gave up in the ninth were unearned and he gave up seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
July 25, 1976 at Fulton County Stadium
Reds 7, Braves 6 (61-26)
The Reds came from behing to win their four game series over the Braves. With the score 6-5 in the eighth, George Foster homered to tie the the game up, then Doug Flynn drove home Johnny Bench with a sac. fly to give the Reds the lead. Rawly Eastwick then held the Braves scoreless in the eighth and ninth to earn his eleventh save of the season.
Gary Nolan improved to 9-5 on the season in a shaky start. He gave up six runs on ten hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Foster drove home two runs and Pete Rose hit a lead off homerun to start the game off. Johnny Bench went two for three with two RBIs and a run.