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Johnny Bench’s Two Homeruns Lead the Way in Win Over Expos

April 30, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 7, Expos 2  (10-7)

Gary Nolan’s had a strong outing for the Reds as they topped the Expos.  Nolan gave up two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work.  Rawly Eastwick pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.

Johnny Bench went yard twice, drove in three runs and scored twice.

Reds Pitching Continues to Struggle in Loss to Phillies

April 28, 1976 at Veterans Stadium 

Phillies 7, Reds 6  (9-7)

The Reds lost another game as their pitching staff failed to hold the opposition down again.  The Reds and Phillies both scored three runs in the first inning, but a three run fifth by the Phillies ended up being the difference.

Joe Morgan had a monster game.  He went two for four with his fourth homerun of the season, three RBIs, two runs and a walk.  Johnny Bench doubled and tripled and drove in a run.

Pat Darcy dropped to 1-2 on the season.  He gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks.

Johnny Bench Powers Reds to Win Over Phillies

April 27, 1976 at Veterans Stadium 

Reds 7, Phillies 3  (9-6)

The Reds’ bats stayed hot as they topped the Phillies with a quick start.  The Reds scored five in the first and two in the second to effectively end the game early.

Johnny Bench went three for four with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.  Pete Rose had two hits and two runs and Dave Concepcion had three hits and a run.

Jack Billingham cruised to an easy win and improved to 2-2.  He gave up three runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings of work.  Will McEnaney held the Phillies scoreless in 1 1/3 innings.

Phillies Outhit Reds in High Scoring Affair

April 26, 1976 at Veteran’s Stadium 

Phillies 10, Reds 9  (8-6)

The Phillies edged the Reds in a game that saw the two teams combine for 19 runs and 29 hits.  The Phillies jumped out to a 6-1 lead and saw it disappear when the Reds scored five runs in the sixth.  The Reds added three in the seventh to take a two run lead, but the Phillies tied it up in the bottom of the seventh, then scored a single run to take the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth.

Pete Rose went four for six with four RBIs and Youngblood went four for five with tw runs.  George Foster his his second homerun of the season and Bob Bailey hit his first.

The pitching lines were pretty ugly.  Fred Norman gave up six runs on nine hits in four innings.  Rawly Eastwick took the loss and gave up the three late runs on two hits.

Don Gullet and Pat Darcy Combine to Shutout Expos

April 25, 1976 at Jerry Park 

Reds 7, Expos 0  (8-5)

The Reds won their three game series with the Expos behind strong outings by Don Gullett and Pat Darcy.  Gullett three six shutout innings and gave up five hits and Darcy three three shutout innings and gave up two hits.

Johnny Bench and Dave Concepcion both hit their second homeruns of the season and they both drove in two runs.  Ken Griffey went three for four with two RBIs and a run and Pete Rose had three hits and three runs.

Reds Edge Expos in Extra Innings

April 24, 1976 at Jerry Park 

Reds 6, Expos 4  (7-5)

The Reds won in their first extra inning game of the season in a back and forth game with the Expos.  The Expos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth but then the Reds scored one in the fifth and three in the sixth to take the lead.  The Expos got back into things in the bottom of the sixth when they scored a single run to cut the lead to one, then tied the game up with another run in the seventh.

Neither team scored in the eighth, ninth or tenth.  In the top of the eleventh, Dan Driessen led off with a single and then he moved to second when Johnny Bench reached first on third basemen Larry Parrish’s error.  Mike Lum bunted both players over and then Cesar Geronimo was walked intentionally.  Then Dave Concepcion came through with a huge clutch single that scored both Driessen and Bench. 

Rawly Eastwick put the Expos down in order in the bottom half of the inning en route to his first win of the season.  He pitched three perfect innings to close out the game.

Billingham Hit Hard In Reds Loss

April 23, 1976 at Jerry Park 

Expos 5, Reds 4  (6-5)

Jack Billingham was shelled in the eighth as the Expos staged a late inning comeback against the Reds.  With the Expos on top 2-1, the Reds scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead.  Unfortunately Jack Billingham gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in the bottom of the eighth to give the Expos the lead.  The Reds went down in order in the top of the ninth as the Reds once again dropped to a game above .500.

Johnny Bench drove in two runs and Pete Rose scored twice.  The Reds managed only three hits in the entire game but they drew seven walks.

Reds Edge Padres With Five Run Fifth Inning

April 21, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 5, Padres 4  (6-4)

A big third inning pushed the Reds out in front as they edged the Padres by a single run.  With the score 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Bill Plummer led off the inning with a double but was gunned down at third base on Fred Norman’s fielders choice.  Pete Rose doubled home Norman to tie the game up, then Ken Griffey singled home Rose to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.  Griffey stole second and then Joe Morgan made the second out of the inning by popping up to second base.

Then the Reds put on their rally caps.  Tony Perez, George Foster and Cesar Geronimo all singled in succession and by the time Padres manager John McNamara could get Dave Wehrmeister out of the game, the Reds were up 5-1.

The Padres scored two in the fourth then one in the sixth to shave the lead to a single run but the bullpen held the Padres in check as Don Gullett and Rawly Eastwick held the Padres scoreless in the final three frames.  Fred Norman improved to 3-0 on the season and Eastwick earned his second save.

Jack Billingham Hit Hard in Loss to Padres

April 20, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Padres 7, Reds 5  (5-4)

The Reds pitching continued to struggle as the team dropped to within a game of .500.  Jack Billingham only lasted five innings and he gave four runs on seven hits.  When he left the game, the Reds were down 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Reds exploded for five runs and jumped into the lead.  Pinch hitter Dan Driessen and Ken Griffey both drove in two runs in the inning.  Four of the Reds six hits were also in that bottom of the seventh.

The Padres didn’t take very long to answer.  In the top of the eighth, Pedro Borbon and Will McEnaney combined to give up three unearned runs (although the error was on McEnaney, so he was pretty much responsible).

Joe Morgan stole two bases to bring his season total up to eight.  Cesar Geronimo had two hits and a run.

April 18, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Giants 5, Reds 1  (5-3)

The Reds had their worst offensive game of the season and dropped their first series in a 5-1 loss to the Giants.  Cesar Geronimo’s RBI triple in the second inning scored George Foster, but that was the extent of the Reds scoring.

Gary Nolan gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings of work and he dropped to 1-1 on the season.  Will McEnaney was hit hard again but Rawly Eastwick bounced back from his last outing and got two batters out without giving up a run.

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