Welcome to Game One of the Inaugural Redleg Nation Dream Series.

Tonight, the 1975 World Champion “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds will be facing the 1990 World Champion “Wire to Wire” Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a “dream” seven-game series. The games are to be played out at Redleg Nation World Headquarters, i.e., my living room, using the Strat-O-Matic board game.

The 1975 Reds won a coin-toss, so they will be the home team, hosting Game One at 1975 Riverfront Stadium. Starting lineups are below (the actual starting lineups these teams used in their own game ones in 1990 and 1975).

I will be posting updates as I get time to play the game out tonight (around the childrens’ bathtimes and bedtimes). Discuss the game here!

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Play by Play

Top of the first inning
Don Gullett (1975) pitching.

–Barry Larkin walks.
–Billy Hatcher hits into a double play, 6-4-3. Two outs.
–Paul O’Neill walks.
–Eric Davis strikes out. Three outs.

Bottom of the first inning
Jose Rijo (1990) pitching.

–Pete Rose strikes out. One out.
–Joe Morgan strikes out. Two out.
–Johnny Bench singles to left field.
–Tony Perez strikes out. Three out.
End of first inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 0

Top of the second inning
–Hal Morris lines out to second base. One out.
–Chris Sabo strikes out. Two out.
–Joe Oliver singles to right field.
–Mariano Duncan flies out to left field. Three outs.

Bottom of the second inning
–George Foster fouls out to the catcher. One out.
–Davey Concepcion hit by pitch. Concepcion injured, and will miss the rest of the game. Darrel Chaney pinch runs.
–Ken Griffey triples. Chaney scores (Griffey, 1 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 1-0.
–Cesar Geronimo walks. Runners on first and third, one out.
–Don Gullett walks. Bases loaded.
–Pete Rose doubles. Griffey and Geronimo score (Rose, 2 RBI). Gullett advances to third. 1975 Reds lead 3-0.
–Joe Morgan hits a sacrifice fly to RF. Gullett scores (Morgan, 1 RBI). Rose holds at 2B. 1975 Reds lead 4-0. Two out.
–Johnny Bench walks.
–Tony Perez singles past 1B. Rose scores (Perez, 1 RBI). Bench advances to 3B. 1975 Reds lead 5-0.
–George Foster reaches 1B on error by P Rijo. Johnny Bench scores. Perez advances to 2B. 1975 Reds lead 6-0.
Double switch. P Jack Armstrong replaces 2B Mariano Duncan, batting 8th. 2B Billy Doran replaces P Jose Rijo, batting 9th.
–Darrell Chaney singles off new pitcher Armstrong. Runners advance one base. Bases loaded.
–Ken Griffey doubles to center. Perez and Foster score (Griffey, 2 RBI). Chaney advances to 3B. 1975 Reds lead 8-0.
–Cesar Geronimo grounds out to 2B. Three outs.
End of second inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 8

Top of the third inning
–Billy Doran grounds out to 2B. One out.
–Barry Larkin grounds out to 3B. Two outs.
–Billy Hatcher hit by pitch.
–Paul O’Neill grounds out to 2B. Three outs.

Bottom of the third inning
Jack Armstrong (1990) pitching.

–Don Gullett strikes out. One out.
–Pete Rose flies out to RF. Two outs.
–Joe Morgan walks.
–Johnny Bench strikes out. Three outs.
End of third inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 8

Top of the fourth inning
–Eric Davis grounds out to 3B. One out.
–Hal Morris flies out to CF. Two out.
–Chris Sabo strikes out. Three out.

Bottom of the fourth inning
–Tony Perez walks.
–George Foster strikes out.
–Darrell Chaney grounds into double play, 4-6-3. Three outs.
End of fourth inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 8

Top of the fifth inning
–Joe Oliver homers (Oliver, 1 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 8-1.
Glenn Braggs pinch-hits for P Armstrong. Braggs flies out to CF. One out.
–Billy Doran flies out to RF. Two outs.
–Barry Larkin walks.
–Billy Hatcher fouls out to the catcher. Three outs.

Bottom of the fifth inning
Norm Charlton (1990) is now pitching.

–Ken Griffey grounds out to 2B. One out.
–Cesar Geronimo doubles to RF.
–Don Gullett flies out to RF. Runner holds. Two outs.
–Pete Rose grounds out to 3B. Three outs.
End of fifth inning. 1990 Reds 1, 1975 Reds 8

Top of the sixth inning
–Paul O’Neill singles to RF.
–Eric Davis singles to CF. O’Neill advances to 2B.
–Hal Morris pops out to 1B. One out.
–Chris Sabo singles to LF. O’Neill scores (Sabo, 1 RBI). Davis advances to 3B. 1975 Reds lead 8-2.
–Joe Oliver grounds into double play, 6-4-3. Three outs. Oliver is injured on the play and is replaced by Jeff Reed, who will catch and bat 7th.

Bottom of the sixth inning
–Joe Morgan lines out to 2B. One out.
–Johnny Bench homers to deep CF. 1975 Reds lead 9-2.
–Tony Perez strikes out. Two outs.
–George Foster strikes out. Three outs.
End of sixth inning. 1990 Reds 2, 1975 Reds 9

Top of the seventh inning
Todd Benzinger pinch-hits for P Charlton. Benzinger pops out to SS. One out.
–Billy Doran strikes out. Two outs.
–Barry Larkin grounds out to 3B. Three outs.

Bottom of the seventh inning
Scott Scudder is now pitching for the 1990 Reds.

–Darrell Chaney strikes out. One out.
–Ken Griffey grounds out to 2B. Two outs.
–Cesar Geronimo strikes out. Three outs.
End of seventh inning. 1990 Reds 2, 1975 Reds 9

Top of the eighth inning
–Billy Hatcher grounds out to SS. One out.
–Paul O’Neill strikes out. Two outs.
–Eric Davis singles to RF.
–Hal Morris flies out to CF. Three outs.

Bottom of the eighth inning
–Don Gullett flies out to RF. One out.
–Pete Rose singles to CF.
–Joe Morgan grounds into fielders choice. Rose forced out at second, 1-6. Morgan safe at first. Two outs.
–Johnny Bench doubles to LF. Morgan advances to third.
–Tony Perez pops out to SS. Three outs.
End of eighth inning. 1990 Reds 2, 1975 Reds 9

Top of the ninth inning
–Chris Sabo flies out to LF. One out.
–Jeff Reed doubles to RF.
Luis Quinones pinch-hits for P Scudder. Quinones grounds out to SS. Runner holds at second. Two outs.
–Billy Doran singles to CF. Reed advances to third.
–Barry Larkin lines out to 3B. Three outs.

Final
1990 Reds 2
1975 Reds 9

WP: Gullett (1-0)
LP: Rijo (1-0)

1975 Reds lead series, one game to zero.

17 Responses

  1. rich

    Am I right in thinking that Benzinger likely would have played against Gullett?

    • Chad Dotson

      Yes, but I made the editorial decision to use the actual starting lineups and pitchers that the teams used in the actual first four games. Plus Morris was a million times better than Benzinger.

  2. Kevin Mitchell is Batman

    The Machine was good…but so was Jose Rijo.

    No way he gives up 8 runs that fast to anyone. Last I checked, the A’s 1990 lineup was pretty formidable too, and Rijo didn’t yield squat to them.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    Yeah, they were good, but this wild version of Rijo did himself at least as much damage than his opponent did, especially between the walk to Gullett and the throwing error to cause 3 runs to be unearned. 😯

  4. hoosierdad

    Always loved playing Strato! Anybody know of an on-line version or CD-rom version? Would love to play with my sons. Just can’t get them interested in the old-fashioned card type. That, plus I lost a good part of the game during many moves. BTW, I think Doggie gets a hit his last time up. His clutch RBI numbers should have been off the chart.

  5. Mr. Redlegs

    hoosierdad: Always loved playing Strato!Anybody know of an on-line version or CD-rom version?Would love to play with my sons.Just can’t get them interested in the old-fashioned card type.That, plus I lost a good part of the game during many moves. BTW, I think Doggie gets a hit his last time up.His clutch RBI numbers should have been off the chart.

    Strat-O tried a computer version of the game once but it was terrible and fraught with bugs and errors. They spent a lot of time answering the calls of angry customers and abandoned the idea.

  6. Mike Martz

    I sure hope Dave Concepcion is alright! We need him in game #2
    🙂
    Will there be a DVD of this series offered?

    Seriously though, this is a great idea!
    I enjoyed reading the play by play!!!!!

  7. broadwaydave

    wait…something’s wrong here…i can’t put my finger on it…oh yeah, CF is not batting first and SS is not batting second in either lineup. is this some kind of alternate universe?…does…not…compute

  8. Chad Dotson

    It is true, however, that the original Strat-O computer sim was terrible. I played an early version, and it was a joke.

    It has improved since then, but I still prefer the board game.

  9. Mr. Redlegs

    Chad Dotson:
    Actually, that’s not true at all. The computer game is still available, and fairly popular (as text sims go).http://strat-o-maticmedia.com/products/baseball/computergames/gamesIt’s not as good as OOTP, but it wasn’t abandoned.

    Wow, when did the computer game get revived? I’ve never seen that new version. I talked with Hal Richman about six months after it’s original release and the entire project was an unmitigated disaster for them. He was very upset that the bad publicity and core audience reax to the computer game would hurt their board game and didn’t think they could take a risk on another bad computer product. But jeez, I don’t know how long ago that was. . . early to mid ’90s?

  10. Chad Dotson

    Yeah, the original product was a disaster…and I think it was in the late 80s that it was originally released.

  11. preach

    How can you possibly have a 3rd baseman leadoff and your CF’er bat 8th? That team will never amount to anything….

  12. Mr. Redlegs

    Chad Dotson: Yeah, the original product was a disaster…and I think it was in the late 80s that it was originally released.

    TWENTY YEARS?!?!

    Cripes. The really do run together after a long, long while.

  13. Kenn Sickle

    Wow..used to play StratO back in 60’s..was great fun. I was proud to have managed the ’66 Reds (who were below .500) to a couple games over in the league I was in.

    One thing: I don’t recall Bench batting 3rd for The Machine; I believe it was Rose, Griffey, Morgan at the top.