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 […]

September 21, 1889: Four ninth inning errors by the St. Louis Browns allow the Cincinnati Red Stockings to score four runs and win the game, 5-4.

Keep in mind, it was not uncommon for teams to make lots of errors in games back in 1889. In fact, the average team would make about four fielding errors per game. However, four in one inning was excessive even at that time.

The 1889 American Association Red Stockings would finish the season 76-63 in fourth place, 18 games behind the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The Red Stockings’ best player of the year was 29-year-old rookie pitcher, Jesse Duryea who went 32-19 with a 2.56 ERA (155 ERA+). 22-year-old Lee Viau finished the year 22-20 with a 3.79 ERA. The leading hitter was 23-year-old rookie outfielder Bug Holliday, who batted .321 and led the AA with 19 home runs to go with 104 rbi.

September 21, 1955: Gus Bell goes 4-4 including a double, a grand slam home run, and eight rbi to lead the Cincinnati Redlegs to a 14-5 win over the Milwaukee Braves.

Bell’s grand slam came in the bottom of the first inning with one out and the Reds never looked back. Teammate Ted Kluszewski also had four hits on the day including a home run. Pitcher Johnny Klippstein went the distance to get the win.

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September 14, 1950: Reds rookie outfielder Ted Tappe homers in is first major league at bat and becomes the first known major league player to have homered in both his first major and minor league at bats. The pinch home run comes leading off the eighth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers […]

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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July 1, 1973: Third-string catcher Hal King slugs one of the most famous home runs in Reds’ history, a two-out three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Reds a 4-3 come from behind win over the division league Los Angeles Dodgers. The King home run moved the fourth place Reds to nine games behind the Dodgers.

King’s homer is widely credited with sparking the Reds to an incredible 60-26 finish, with the Reds overtaking the Dodgers and winning the National League’s Western Division with a 99-63 record, 3.5 games ahead of the second place Dodgers. While King’s homer sparked the first win of the Reds’ comeback, the series fireworks actually began the night before, on Saturday, June 30.

The Reds had struggled to defend their 1972 National League pennant. They lost their first two games of the season and had barely played .500 ball for the first half, entering a four game series with the Dodgers only three games above .500 at 39-36. The Reds were leading the Dodgers on this Saturday, 5-1, on the strength of home runs by Tony Perez and Bobby Tolan. However, the wheels fell off in the Dodgers’ seventh when Los Angeles scored six times off Reds relievers Clay Carroll and Pedro Borbon, three of the runs unearned. The Reds tied it in the bottom of the ninth Joe Morgan, pinch hitting for Cesar Geronimo, stroked a two-run homer scoring Dan Driessen, who had singled off Dodgers reliever Pete Richert.
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