All right, you expert Reds fans. What’s the significance of this lineup?
Pete Rose Bobby Tolan Tony Perez Johnny Bench Lee May Jimmy Stewart Tommy Helms Darrel Chaney Wayne Granger
Those were the Reds on the field on June 30, 1970 during the final inning played at Crosley Field. Cincinnati defeated the San Francisco [...]
Redleg Nation is the spouse in a bad marriage screaming, “I don’t know who you are anymore!” Up and down the lineup, this team looks nothing like the club we fell in love with last year. Fans are screaming for divorce. Or at least a separation from Dusty Baker. But, if you think you’ve [...]
September 8, 1969: The 1969 Cincinnati Reds moved back into first place for one day as the Reds swept the San Francisco Giants in a double header. Both scores were 5-4 with the second game lasting 15 innings. Relief pitcher Wayne Granger earned a save in the first game and pitched eight innings of [...]
September 5, 1973: For the second day in a row, the Reds explode in extra innings to beat the Houston Astros in Houston. The Reds use the three game series to move into first place in the Western Division, a lead they won’t relinquish for the rest of the season.
The Reds entered the three-game series with the Astros one game behind the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Having spent most of the season in third and fourth place, the Reds trailed by as many as 11 games as late as June 30. The Reds moved into a tie for first on the first day (September 3). While the Dodgers were losing 11-8 to the San Francisco Giants, the Reds scored two runs in the eighth inning on a Ken Griffey pinch single to beat the Astros, 4-3.
The Reds scored first on a second inning solo home run by Andy Kosco, but the Astros plated three runs in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. The Reds got one run back in the sixth inning on a Pete Rose two-out single. The Reds won it in the eighth when Johnny Bench doubled with two outs. Kosco drew a walk, and Ed Armbrister, making his second consecutive start since his recall from AAA, reached on an infield single to load the bases. Ken Griffey, in his seventh game since his recall, then delivered a pinch two-run single giving the Reds their 4-3 lead and eventual margin of victory. Pedro Borbon pitched the final three innings of the game, surrendering no runs despite giving up six singles in those three innings. Former Astro Jack Billingham had started the game for the Reds and had pitched six innings, allowing three unearned runs.
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August 27, 1971: The defending National League champions come as close to .500 as they do all year by scoring five times in the top of the ninth inning to to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7, in St. Louis. Reds supersub Jimmy Stewart socks a bases-loaded pinch triple in the top of the ninth to tie the score and then scores what proves to be the winning run on a Pete Rose sacrifice fly.
The Cardinals struck first with a two-run home run by Jose Cruz off Reds starter Wayne Simpson. The Reds scored three times in the third to take the lead, but the Cardinals scored two in the fifth and one run in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to take a 7-3 lead into the ninth inning.
Johnny Bench walked to open the ninth off Cardinals starter Jerry Reuss. George Foster singled to left with Bench stopping at second base. Al Santorini was called on to relieve Reuss, and Tommy Helms greeted him with a single to load the bases with no one out. Santorini was pulled in favor of Frank Linzy, but Linzy walked Woody Woodward to force in a run and pull the Reds within three at 7-4.
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August 23, 1948: Reds reliever Harry Gumbert connected for a 10th inning walk off home run as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2, at [...]
July 19, 1969: The Reds win a nail biter, erasing a 9-0 deficit to beat the Houston Astros, 10-9 in ten innings. The win moves the fourth place Reds to within 3 1/2 games behind the virtually tied Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers in the newly formed National League Western Division.