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Reds Edge Cardinals With Five Run Seventh Inning

August 31, 1976 at Busch Stadium 

Reds 6, Cardinals 5  (84-49)

The Reds ended August on a winning note, and they did it with a big five run seventh inning.  Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo both drove in two runs in the win, and Pete Rose went three for five with two runs and an RBI.

Pedro Borbon improved to 4-2 after coming out of the pen in the sixth inning.  Rawly Eastwick earned his nineteenth save of the season by pitching the final two frames.

Reds Held to One Run in Blowout Loss to Cardinals

August 30, 1976 at Busch Stadium 

Cardinals 7, Reds 1  (83-49)

The Reds must have been tired after their fifteen inning game the night before, and it showed.  It didn’t help that Will McEnaney gave up five runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

The Reds scored their only run when Pete Rose came home on a double play in the first inning.  Rose had two hits and the Reds didn’t manage a single walk.

Reds Edge Phillies in Fifteen Innings

August 29, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 6, Phillies 5  (83-48)

The Reds gave their home fans their moneys worth in this fifteen inning thriller.  The Phillies jumped out to 4-1 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Reds shaved that lead to a single run with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth and Manny Sarmiento held the Phillies in check in the top of the ninth.

Dan Driessen led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and then stole second base.  Pete Rose singled and Driessen moved to the third.  Then Ken Griffey hit a grounder to the catcher and Driessen was gunned down at the plate.  With Griffey on first and Rose at second, Joe Morgan lined out to make it two outs.  Then George Foster struck out but the ball got past Tim McCarver.  Foster hustled to first and beat the throw, then Pete Rose scored the tying run all the way from second base because relief pitcher Ron Reed wasn’t covering the plate.  So what should have been an inning ending strike out turned into a play that cost the Phillies the game.

Neither team scored in the first three extra frames.  The Philies scored in the top of the thirteenth to put the Reds behind when they came to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

Dave Concepcion and Cesar Geronimo hit back to back singles before Eddie Armbrister sturck out.  Pete Rose then hit a grounded to short and Geronimo was forced out second.  Concepcion, thinking the ball got through the infield for a hit, turned third and went home.  Fortunately the throw was low and what could have cost the Reds the game turned out tying it for them.

Neither team scored in the fourteenth and Santo Alcala held the Phillies scoreless in the fifteenth.  Cesar Geronimo led off the fifteenth with a walk and moved to second on Cesar Geronimo’s single.  Alcala struck out trying to bunt both batters over, but Rose got the job done after grounding out.  Then Ken Griffey ended the game with a walk off RBI single.

Dave Concepcion Drives in Four Runs, Including Two in the Ninth, to Edge Phillies

August 28, 1976 at Riverfront stadium 

Reds 8, Phillies 7  (82-48)

The Reds pen gave up five runs total in the eighth and ninth innings and gave up the lead only to have the Reds score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to put the game away.

Rawly Eastwick gave up the go ahead run but got bailed out by the Reds offense.  He improved to 9-4 on the season.  All four Reds pitchers gave up at least one run.

Pete Rose hit his tenth homerun of the season and Joe Morgan hit his 26th.  Both batters drove in two runs.  Dave Concepcion had four RBIs.

Reds End Three Game Losing Streak With Some Good Pitching by Norman and Borbon

August 27, 1976 at Riverfront stadium 

Reds 4, Phillies 1  (81-48)

The Reds ended their three game skid with strong pitching performances by Fred Norman and Pedro Borbon.  Norman improved to 12-4 on the season and gave up only a single runs on six hits.  Pedro Borbon was even better and he held the Phillies to only a single hit in four innings en route to his fifth save of the season.

Joe Morgan went two for three with two RBIs, two runs and three stolen bases.  In one of the most heads up plays you’ll ever see, Morgan stole two bases on the same pitch.  He was on second base and he and Johnny Bench attempted a double steal.  Morgan’s jump was so good that by the time the ball got to second base, Morgan rounded third and scored before the second baseman could get the ball home.  Pete Rose scored the other two runs after doubling twice.

Phillies Top Reds in Game One of Division Leaders

August 26, 1976 at Rivefront Stadium 

Phillies 5, Reds 4  (80-48)

The Reds came back from a 4-1 deficit in the eighth inning only to send the game into extra frames, where they lost it in the thirteenth.  Rawly Eastwick gave up the winning run in his fourth inning of work and he dropped to 8-4 on the season.

Johnny Bench and Dan Driessen both homered for the Reds.  Bench drove in two runs and Ken Griffey had three hits.

Cardinals Top Reds For Second Straight Time

August 24, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Cardinals 4, Reds 1  (80-47)

The Cardinals handed the Reds their second straight loss as Pete Falcone held the Reds to only five hits.  Joe Morgan was a perfect two for two to extend his hitting streak to six games and he also walked twice.

Pat Zachry dropped to 11-5 on the season.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Joe Morgan Homers Twice in Reds Loss to Cardinals

August 23, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Cardinals 9, Reds 5  (80-46)

The Cardinals hammered Jack Billingham and the Reds bullpen to the tune of nine runs on fourteen hits.  Billingham dropped to 11-9 and gave up four runs on eight hits with three walks in four innings of work.

Joe Morgan continued his hot streak and went yard twice.  He drove in three of the Reds five runs and brought his season homerun total up to 25.

Joe Morgan Leads Reds to 80th Win of Season

August 22, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 4, Cubs 3  (80-45)

The Reds edged the Cubs to win their three game series.  It was the Reds 80th win of the season.

Joe Morgan had a big day.  He went three for three with a homerun, two RBIs and a run.  He had three of the Reds four hits.

Santo Alcala was knocked out of the game after only three innings, but the pen picked him up.  Manny Sarmiento three four shutout innings to improve to 3-1 and Rawly Eastwick shut the Cubs down in the ninth to earn his eighteenth save of the season.

Fred Norman Strikes Out Eleven in Loss to Cubs

August 21, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Cubs 3, Reds 2  (79-45)

The Reds tried to come back from a three run deficit but just short in their loss to the Cubs.  Fred Norman dropped his second straight start despite striking out 11 Cubs.  He gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks in eight innings of work.

Joe Morgan hit his 22nd homerun of the season and had two of the Reds’ seven hits.  Pete Rose had two singles.

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