Today in Cincinnati Reds history… 1908: The Reds execute a trade with the Cardinals, acquiring Art Fromme and Ed Karger in exchange for Admiral Schlei, who had been a somewhat-effective catcher for Cincinnati over the previous five years. Fromme won 19 games the following season, with a 1.90 ERA. Over five seasons in Cincinnati, he […]

Thank God for Tony Cingrani. The lefthanded rookie hurler kept the Redlegs from getting swept out of Washington, DC with a true gem this past Sunday. Six innings of work, no runs, 11 strikeouts and a win. And this didn’t come against the Marlins or Cubs, either. Reds and lefthanded pitchers who are successful don’t […]

July 28, 1977: In a game featuring 11 home runs, a record-tying five in the first inning, the Reds blow four different leads in losing an 13-inning game to the Chicago Cubs, 16-15, at Wrigley Field.

The Reds struck first with a vengeance, slugging three first inning home runs off Cubs pitcher Ray Burris to score six runs. Pete Rose led off the game with a home run over the right center field wall, and Ken Griffey and Joe Morgan followed with singles. George Foster struck out, but Johnny Bench followed with a three run-homer. Cesar Geronimo lined out to left field, but Dave Concepcion reached on infield single. Mike Lum followed with the third home run of the top of the first inning giving the Reds a 6-0 lead.

But, remember, we’re playing in Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and hey, what’s six runs, especially if the wind is blowing out as it was on this day? The Reds started Dale Murray in his first and only start of his 12-year, 518 game major league career. Murray had been acquired from the Montreal Expos along with veteran starter Woodie Fryman in the offseason trade that sent Tony Perez to the Expos. Through Murray’s first 39 games with the Reds he had produced a 4.68 ERA and Fryman had temporarily retired (he was 5-5 with a 5.38 ERA in 12 starts with the Reds) to go home and farm in Kentucky (Fryman unretired at season’s end to be traded and pitch six more seasons).

Ivan DeJesus led off the Cubs’ first with a double and Larry Biittner drew a walk. Bill Bucker then slugged his third home run of the year to cut the Reds’ lead in half, 6-3. Bobby Murcer made it 6-4 with a solo home run before Murray retired the next three batters in order.

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July 10, 1970: Reds shortstop Woody Woodward hits the only home run of his nine-year major league career in an 11-9 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the first game of a doubleheader. The Reds won the second game, 3-1, to avoid being swept and break a four game losing streak. The four game losing […]