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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle….

1990 Cincinnati Reds 2
1975 Cincinnati Reds 9
WP: Gullett (1-0)
LP: Rijo (0-1)

Player of the Game
–Johnny Bench. Bench went 3-4 with a double, a homer, an RBI, and a BB.

–Also vying for player of the game honors, obviously, was 1975 Reds starting pitcher Don Gullett. Gullett defied his manager’s “Captain Hook” tendencies by tossing a complete game, scattering 8 hits and giving up only two runs. Gullett struck out 5, as well.

–Ken Griffey had an outstanding game: 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI.

–Pete Rose went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.

–For the 1990 Reds, only Eric Davis (2-4) and Joe Oliver (204, HR, RBI) had more than one hit.

–Miserable outing by 1990 starter Jose Rijo. Rijo, who was utterly dominant in the actual 1990 World Series, was knocked out after 1.2 innings pitched. His final line: 8 runs (5 earned) on four hits, three walks, three Ks.

–The Big Red Machine was good.

–The 1975 Reds lead this best-of-seven series, one game to zero.

–Game two starting pitchers: Danny Jackson (6-6, 3.61 ERA in 1990) vs. Jack Billingham (15-10, 4.11 ERA for the 1975 Reds).

–I guess we need a Johnny Bench sombrero, huh?