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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle….
1975 Reds 7
1990 Reds 4
WP: Gary Nolan (1-0)
LP: Tom Browning (0-1)
S: Rawley Eastwick (1)
PLAY BY PLAY
–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.