Welcome to Game Two 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 second game of a “dream” seven-game series. You will recall that the 1975 Reds won the first game by a score of 9-2.

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 will host game two at 1975 Riverfront Stadium. Starting lineups are below (the actual starting lineups these teams used in their own game twos 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
Jack Billingham (1975) pitching.

–Barry Larkin flies to left; error on LF Foster. Larkin advances to second base.
–Billy Hatcher lines out to 2B. One out
–Paul O’Neill strikes out. Two outs.
–Eric Davis flies out to RF. Three outs.

Bottom of the first inning
Danny Jackson (1990) pitching.

–Pete Rose singles to CF.
–Joe Morgan walks. Rose advances to second.
–Johnny Bench strikes out. One out.
–Tony Perez fouls out to C Oliver. Two outs.
–George Foster strikes out. Three outs.
End of first inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 0

Top of the second inning
–Hal Morris triples to RF.
–Chris Sabo walks.
–Joe Oliver strikes out. One out.
–Mariano Duncan grounds into double play, 6-4-3. Sabo forced out at second. Three outs.

Bottom of the second inning
–Davey Concepcion flies out to CF. One out.
–Ken Griffey singles to CF.
–Cesar Geronimo flies out to CF. Two outs.
–Jack Billingham triples to RF. Griffey scores (Billingham, 1 RBI).1975 Reds lead 1-0
–Pete Rose pops out to 1B. Three outs.
End of second inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 1

Top of the third inning
–Danny Jackson strikes out. One out.
–Barry Larkin pops out to first base. Two outs.
–Billy Hatcher doubles.
–Paul O’Neill grounds out to SS. Three outs.

Bottom of the third inning
–Joe Morgan singles to CF.
–Johnny Bench strikes out. One out.
–Tony Perez grounds into double play, 4-6-3. Morgan out at second. Three outs.
End of third inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 1

Top of the fourth inning
–Eric Davis grounds out to SS. Davis suffers slight ankle sprain, but remains in the game. One out.
–Hal Morris flies out to RF. Two outs.
–Chris Sabo singles to LF.
–Joe Oliver grounds out to 2B. Three outs. Oliver pulls hamstring and is replaced in lineup by Jeff Reed. Oliver will miss game three.

Bottom of the fourth inning
–George Foster flies out to CF. One out.
–Davey Concepcion pops out to SS. Two outs.
–Ken Griffey grounds out to 1B. Three outs.
End of fourth inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 1

Top of the fifth inning
–Danny Jackson strikes out. One out.
–Barry Larkin grounds out to SS. Two outs.
–Billy Hatcher singles to left.
–Paul O’Neill flies out to RF. Three outs.

Bottom of the fifth inning
–Cesar Geronimo strikes out. One out.
–Jack Billingham walks.
–Pete Rose grounds into double play, 5-4-3. Billingham out at second. Three outs.
End of fifth inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 1

Top of the sixth inning
–Eric Davis walks.
–Hal Morris grounds into double play, 5-4-3. Davis out at second. Two outs.
–Chris Sabo flies out to CF. Three outs.

Bottom of the sixth inning
–Joe Morgan grounds out to the pitcher. One out.
–Johnny Bench strikes out. Two out.
–Tony Perez strikes out. Three out.
End of sixth inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 1

Top of the seventh inning
–Jeff Reed flies out to CF. One out.
–Mariano Duncan lines out to 3B. Two outs.
–Danny Jackson singles to LF.
–Barry Larkin singles to RF. Jackson advances to second.
–Billy Hatcher flies out to RF. Three outs.

Bottom of the seventh inning
–George Foster singles to CF.
–Davey Concepcion singles past the second baseman. Foster advances to second.
–Ken Griffey grounds into fielder’s choice. Concepcion is out at second base, 3-6. Foster advances to third. One out.
–Cesar Geronimo doubles to right-centerfield. Foster scores (Geronimo, 1 RBI). Griffey advances to third base. 1975 Reds lead 2-0
P Norm Charlton replaces P Jackson on the mound.
Merv Rettenmund pinch-hits for P Billingham.
–Merv Rettenmund walks. Bases loaded.
–Pete Rose singles to CF. Griffey scores (Rose, 1 RBI). Geronimo advances to 3B. Rettenmund advances to 2B. Bases loaded.1975 Reds lead 3-0
–Joe Morgan grounds out to 2B Duncan. Geronimo scores (Morgan, 1 RBI). Rettenmund advances to third; Rose advances to second. Two outs. 1975 Reds lead 4-0
–Johnny Bench flies out to CF. Three outs.
End of seventh inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 4

Top of the eighth inning
Will McEnaney is now pitching for the 1975 Reds.

–Paul O’Neill walks.
–Eric Davis strikes out. One out.
–Hal Morris flies out to right field. Two outs.
–Chris Sabo lines out to second base. Three outs.

Bottom of the eighth inning
Double switch. Todd Benzinger enters the game, replacing Norm Charlton, batting ninth. Rob Dibble is now pitching. He replaces Hal Morris in the lineup, batting fifth.

–Tony Perez walks.
–George Foster singles. Perez advances to third base.
–Davey Concepcion strikes out. One out.
–Ken Griffey strikes out. Two outs.
–Cesar Geronimo strikes out. Three outs.
End of eighth inning. 1990 Reds 0, 1975 Reds 4

Top of ninth inning
Rawley Eastwick is now pitching for the 1975 Reds.
–Jeff Reed singles to RF.
–Mariano Duncan strikes out. One out.
–Todd Benzinger homers to RF. Benzinger and Reed score (Benzinger, 2 RBI). 1975 Reds lead 4-2.
–Barry Larkin grounds out to the pitcher. Two outs.
–Billy Hatcher doubles down the third base line.
Captain Hook, Sparky Anderson, replaces Eastwick on the mound with LHP Freddie Norman.
–Paul O’Neill flies out to CF. Three outs.

Final
1990 Reds 2
1975 Reds 4
WP: Jack Billingham (1-0)
LP: Danny Jackson (0-1)
S: Freddie Norman (1)

1975 Reds lead series two games to zero.

4 Responses

  1. The Mad Hatter

    You gotta be aware of the speed merchants Morris and Billingham.

  2. kevin mitchell is batman

    If you’re trying to tell me that Jack Billingham (Jack Billingham!) hits a RBI triple in his first at bat, and that Eric Davis can go 0 for 5 in the WS and Jose Rijo can give up 10 R in Game 1, you’re crazy.

    What is this, the Pineapple upside down World Series? Absurd.

    Go 1990.