Welcome to Game Three of the Redleg Nation Dream Series.

Tonight, the 1975 World Champion “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds will be facing the 1990 World Champion “Wire to Wire” Cincinnati Reds in the third game of a “dream” seven-game series. You will recall that the 1975 Reds won the first game by a score of 9-2, and took game two, 4-2.

The games are to be played out at Redleg Nation World Headquarters, i.e., my living room, using the Strat-O-Matic board game.

The 1990 Reds will host game three at 1990 Riverfront Stadium. Starting lineups are below (the actual starting lineups these teams used in their own game threes in 1990 and 1975).

I will be posting updates as I get time to play the game out tonight.

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Play by Play

Top of the first inning
Tom Browning (1990) pitching.

–Pete Rose singles to right field.
–Ken Griffey singles to right field. Rose advances to 2B.
–Joe Morgan grounds out to second. Runners advance to 2B and 3B. One out.
–Tony Perez walks. Bases loaded.
–Johnny Bench singles to right-center. Rose scores. Griffey scores. (Bench, 2 RBI.) Perez advances to 3B. 1975 Reds lead 2-0.
–George Foster homers to deep center field. Perez scores. Bench scores. Foster scores (Foster, 3 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 5-0.
–Davey Concepcion walks.

Scott Scudder enters the game, replacing Tom Browning.

–Cesar Geronimo grounds out to SS. Two out.
–Gary Nolan grounds out to 2B. Three out.

Bottom of the first inning
Gary Nolan (1975) pitching.

–Barry Larkin lines out to 3B. One out.
–Billy Hatcher flies out to LF. Two out.
–Paul O’Neill lines out to 2B. Three outs.
End of first inning. 1975 Reds 5, 1990 Reds 0

Top of the second inning
–Pete Rose singles to CF.
–Ken Griffey flies out to CF. Runner holds. One out.
–Joe Morgan grounds into fielder’s choice. Rose forced out at 2B, 1-6. Morgan safe at first. Two outs.
–Tony Perez flies out to LF. Three outs.

Bottom of the second inning
–Eric Davis singles past the third baseman.
–Chris Sabo grounds to 3B. Davis is forced at 2B, but Sabo is safe at first. One out.
–Todd Benzinger grounds to the pitcher, who throws to second to force Sabo. Benzinger safe at first. Two outs.
–Joe Oliver singles to RF. Benzinger advances to 3B.
–Mariano Duncan singles to RF. Benzinger scores (Duncan, 1 RBI). Oliver advances to 3B. 1975 Reds lead 5-1
Luis Quinones pinch-hits for Scott Scudder
–Luis Quinones fouls out to C. Three outs.
End of two innings. 1975 Reds 5, 1990 Reds 1

Top of third inning
Tim Layana now pitching for 1990 Reds, batting 9th.

–Johnny Bench strikes out. One out.
–George Foster singles to LF.
–Davey Concepcion grounds into double play, 4-6-3. Foster forced at 2B. Three outs.

Bottom of third inning
–Barry Larkin singles to CF.
–Billy Hatcher grounds out to P. Larkin advances to second. One out.
–Paul O’Neill flies out to CF. Runner holds. Two outs.
— Eric Davis lines out to 3B. Three outs.
End of three innings. 1975 Reds 5, 1990 Reds 1

Top of fourth inning
–Cesar Geronimo doubles to RF.
–Gary Nolan strikes out. One out.
–Pete Rose flies out to RF. Runner holds. Two outs.
–Ken Griffey doubles to LF. Geronimo scores (Griffey, 1 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 6-1.
–Joe Morgan singles to CF. Griffey scores (Morgan, 1 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 7-1.
–Tony Perez lines out to SS. Three outs.

Bottom of fourth inning
–Chris Sabo walks.
–Todd Benzinger flies out to LF. One out.
–Joe Oliver singles to CF. Sabo advances to second.
–Mariano Duncan strikes out. Two outs.
Glenn Braggs pinch-hits for Scott Scudder
–Glenn Braggs flies out to CF. Three outs.
End of fourth inning. 1975 Reds 7, 1990 Reds 1

Top of the fifth inning
Norm Charlton (1990) now pitching.

–Johnny Bench grounds out to SS. One out.
–George Foster flies out to LF. Two outs.
–Dave Concepcion flies out to LF. Three outs.

Bottom of the fifth inning
–Barry Larkin grounds out to 2B. One out.
–Billy Hatcher singles to RF.
–Paul O’Neill strikes out. Two outs.
–Eric Davis homers to LF. Hatcher and Davis score (Davis, 2 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 7-3
–Chris Sabo singles to CF.
–Todd Benzinger flies out to LF. Three outs.
End of fifth inning. 1975 Reds 7, 1990 Reds 3

Top of the sixth inning
–Cesar Geronimo flies out to CF. One out.
–Gary Nolan strikes out. Two outs.
–Pete Rose grounds out to SS. Three outs.

Bottom of the sixth inning
–Joe Oliver grounds out to 2B. One out.
–Mariano Duncan singles to CF.
Billy Doran pinch-hits for Norm Charlton
–Billy Doran doubles to the gap in left-center. Duncan scores (Doran, 1 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 7-4
–Barry Larkin pops out to 3B. Two outs.
–Billy Hatcher flies out to CF. Three outs.
End of sixth inning. 1975 Reds 7, 1990 Reds 4

Top of the seventh inning
Rob Dibble (1990) now pitching.

–Ken Griffey flies out to CF. One out.
–Joe Morgan strikes out. Two outs.
–Tony Perez flies out to LF. Three outs.

Bottom of the seventh inning
–Paul O’Neill grounds out to 2B. One out.
–Eric Davis strikes out. Two outs.
–Chris Sabo grounds out to 2B. Three outs.
End of seven innings. 1975 Reds 7, 1990 Reds 4

Top of the eighth inning
–Johnny Bench strikes out. One out.
–George Foster grounds out to SS. Two outs.
–Davey Concepcion flies out to CF. Three outs.

Bottom of the eighth inning
–Todd Benzinger singles to CF.
Clay Carroll enters game as pitcher, replacing Gary Nolan
Jeff Reed pinch-hits for Joe Oliver
–Jeff Reed flies out to RF. One out.
–Mariano Duncan grounds into double play, 1-6-3. Benzinger out at 2B. Three outs.
End of eight innings. 1975 Reds 7, 1990 Reds 4

Top of the ninth inning
Ron Oester enters game, replacing Rob Dibble, batting 9th and playing 2B. Randy Myers enters game, replacing Mariano Duncan, pitching and batting 8th.

–Cesar Geronimo grounds out to 2B. One out.
Merv Rettenmund pinch-hits for Clay Carroll
–Merv Rettenmund strikes out. Two outs.
–Pete Rose walks.
–Ken Griffey strikes out. Three outs.

Bottom of the ninth inning
Hal Morris pinch-hits for Ron Oester
Rawley Eastwick (1975) now pitching.
–Hal Morris walks.
–Barry Larkin grounds into double play, 5-4-3. Morris forced out at second. Two outs.
–Billy Hatcher flies out to CF. Three outs.

Final
1975 Reds 7
1990 Reds 4
WP: Gary Nolan (1-0)
LP: Tom Browning (0-1)
S: Rawley Eastwick (1)

1975 Reds lead series, three games to zero.

6 Responses

  1. BJ Ruble

    Man, the wire to wire Reds are taking a beating!

  2. nick in va

    The Nasty Boys did a good job though.

  3. GRF

    Hadn’t thought of Scott Scudder in years (always liked the name). Love this series.

  4. hoosierdad

    Wire to wire was a great team, but it was no BiG Red Machine! The 1975 team currently has 2 HOF players. It would have 3 except for Rose’s gambling. You can make a great case for Doggie and Davey. So there are 3 legit and 2 possible HOF players. For the 1990 team only Larkin should be in the HOF. Love the bullpen for 1990, but the starting pitching is no match for the 1975 hitters.