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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle….

Final
1975 Reds 7
1990 Reds 4
WP: Gary Nolan (1-0)
LP: Tom Browning (0-1)
S: Rawley Eastwick (1)
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Thoughts
–The 1975 Reds came out swinging in the first inning, putting up five runs against a shell-shocked Tom Browning. TB must not have gotten enough sleep, what with a newborn baby in his home, born after Game Two of the series.

–Gary Nolan was good, but not great, on the mound for the 1975 Reds. He went 7+ innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits. Clay Carroll and Rawley Eastwick were very effective out of the pen.

–George Foster hit a three-run homer in the first inning; Johnny Bench had the other 2 RBI in the first, driving in Pete Rose and Ken Griffey with a single to right-center.

–Eric Davis hit a huge two-run homer in the fifth inning. Then, when Bill Doran knocked in a run one inning later, it looked like the 1990 Reds were going to make a run. Unfortunately, they couldn’t push across any more runs.

–The only reason the 1990 Reds had any chance to come back was because of the outstanding relief work by — guess who? — The Nasty Boys. Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers (plus Scott Scudder) fairly dominated the superstars in the 1975 Reds lineup.

–The 1975 Reds lead this best-of-seven series, three games to zero.

–Game three starting pitchers: Jose Rijo (1990) vs. Fred Norman (1975).

–The series will resume at 1990 Riverfront Stadium for Game Four.

13 Responses

  1. RiverCity Redleg

    The 1990 Reds surely can take ONE game in this series.. can’t they?

  2. Kevin Mitchell is Batman

    I still think the ’90 Reds are getting shafted in this series.

    Tom Browning AND Jose Rijo give up 5+ runs in the first inning in each of their games? Please.

    The ’90 Reds were underestimated then, and are apparently underestimated now. My guess is that a board game would’ve had the ’90 A’s winning 4-0 as well.

    Sheesh. Go ’90 Reds!

  3. Glenn

    Do they still make Strato-matic? I loved that game.

  4. RiverCity Redleg

    Chad should play the ’90 A’s vs the ’75 Red Sox. If the A’s win, considering the Reds swept them and the ’75 team went to 7 games w/ the Sox, we’ll know this system is flawed. Booooo!!!
    sidenote to Chad: I know that this is just for fun and is only a game. I’m just trying to stir up some controversy in the offseason. Helps pass the time until pitchers and catchers report.

    • Kevin Mitchell is Batman

      RiverCity Redleg: Chad should play the ‘90 A’s vs the ‘75 Red Sox. If the A’s win, considering the Reds swept them and the ‘75 team went to 7 games w/ the Sox, we’ll know this system is flawed. Booooo!!!sidenote to Chad: I know that this is just for fun and is only a game. I’m just trying to stir up some controversy in the offseason. Helps pass the time until pitchers and catchers report.

      I hear ya on that.

      Here’s a comment to stir up some controversy: in his prime, Eric Davis was better than anyone on the BRM. Discuss.

  5. Matt WI

    @Kevin Mitchell is Batman: Do we have instant replay going for this series Chad? Surely the umps are to blame for this travesty. Perhaps Sabo got jobbed on a fair/foul call on a bomb off of Nolan with Morris on first?

    Maybe the ’90 Reds will pull a Red Sox return from the dead in this series. I bet on six games… it’s not looking good.

  6. preach

    I really appreciate these games. Helps pass the time until Spring. Thanks.

  7. hoosierdad

    I’d take the 1975 or 1976 BRM over the 1990 team. The 1990 team did get awfully hot in the playoffs.

  8. Matt WI

    @hoosierdad: To be fair, ’90 team went wire to wire. I’d say that they were hot all season.

    • Kevin Mitchell is Batman

      preach: @JasonL: Agreed.

      Not quite sure I’d commit to that yet. If ED had Bench batting behind him, I think a lot of his numbers would be significantly better. Joe Morgan was a stud, a HoF, and one of the 3 best 2B’s ever. Eric Davis had a 2+ year stretch of some of the best all-around baseball ever played.

      Didn’t say ED was better than Joe Morgan. I said Eric Davis in his prime, which was something absolutely special to see.

  9. Chris W

    Someone needs to generate this series on OOTP.