May 1, 1970: Sparky Anderson employs an unorthodox bit of strategy with the Reds leading the Pirates, 6-4, and two outs in the top of the 9th inning at Crosley Field. Anderson brought in Don Gullett to replace Wayne Granger and face Willie Stargell, and moved Granger to LF to keep the reliever in he game should Stargell reach base. Gullett fanned Stargell to end the game.
Granger had 35 saves, a 6-5 record, and a 2.65 ERA in 1970.Ã‚Â
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