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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 23, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Phillies 4, Reds 2 (42-26)
Rookie starter Santo Alcala saw a nice start go to waste as the Phillies edged the Reds. The Reds offense only put two runs on the board off of Phillies starter Steve Carlton. One of those was a solo homer by George Foster, his sixteenth homerun of the season.
Alcala gave up only two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Pedro Borbon gave up the lead in the ninth and he dropped his first decision of the season.
June 22, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 6, Dodgers 0 (42-25)
It was another four hitter, and this time Fred Norman shut the Dodgers out. He struck out six and improved to 5-1 on the season. Like yesterday’s game, this one was over with in just over two hours (2:02).
June 21, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium
Reds 3, Dodgers 1 (41-25)
Pat Zachry held the Dodgers to only run on four hits as he went the distance and improved to 6-2. It was a quick game for Zachry as it lasted only 2:08, and he struck out eight batters.