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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle….
1975 Reds 1
1990 Reds 8
WP: Jose Rijo (1-1)
LP: Fred Norman (0-1)
PLAY BY PLAY
Star of the Game
–Jose Rijo bounced back from a disappointing Game One start, dominating the Big Red Machine in Game Four. Rijo pitched a complete game, and came within one out of a shutout of one of the best offenses in baseball history.
As it was, Rijo allowed one run on six hits, while striking out five. Give this man a honey ham! HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Star of the Game!
–1990 manager Lou Piniella was counting on Rijo for a strong performance in order to stave off elimination. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wire to WireÃ¢â‚¬Â Reds still have a lot of work to do, as the Machine leads the best-of-seven series, three games to one.
–The 1990 Reds offense sparkled tonight, as well. Hal Morris led the way, going 3-3 with a double and a walk. He scored two runs and drove in another.
–Mariano Duncan also had a stellar evening, going 3-4 and knocking in two runs.
–Paul OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢NeillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sixth inning homer off Pedro Borbon opened the game wide open. From there, the 1990 Reds cruised to victory.
–For the 1975 Reds, no one had more than one hit. Johnny BenchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s homer in the ninth accounted for the only offense.
–Fred NormanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outing was decent, but not enough. In five-plus innings, Norman gave up three runs on just four hits. He struck out five and walked two.
–1975 manager Sparky Anderson was called Captain Hook for a reason, but his bullpen let him down tonight. Three different relievers — Borbon, Clay Carroll, and Pat Darcy — combined to give up five runs and ten hits in two innings. (Will McEnaney was the only reliever to emerge unscathed, retiring three straight hitters after relieving Darcy in the 8th.)
–Game three starting pitchers: Danny Jackson (1990) vs. Don Gullett (1975).
–The series will resume at 1990 Riverfront Stadium for Game Five.