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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle….
Final (11 innings)
1975 Reds 5
1990 Reds 3
WP: Rawley Eastwick (1-0)
LP: Jack Armstrong (0-1)
1975 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Big Red MachineÃ¢â‚¬Â Reds win RN Dream Series, four games to one.
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Star of the Game
–Joe Morgan. For the game, Morgan was 2-4, but the big blow was a two-run homer in the top of the eleventh inning (off Jack Armstrong) that won the game — and the series — for the Big Red Machine. He also doubled and walked twice. That’s the Morgan that Reds fans remember.
–Tonight’s game was the most exciting of the series, by far. Clearly, the 1990 Reds didn’t want this Dream Series to end tonight.
–Unfortunately for the Wire to Wire Reds, there was an unexpected goat: Randy Myers. After putting up three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead, Rob Dibble pitched a dominant ninth inning, striking out two.
With Myers taking the mound in the ninth with a one-run lead, 1990 manager Lou Piniella had to be pretty confident of a victory that would’ve sent the series to a game six.
Myers proceeded to hit the first batter, Pete Rose, with a pitch to lead off the ninth. Rose came around to score two batters later when Joe Morgan hit a double into the right-field corner, tying the game. Myers came back to throw a scoreless tenth inning, but the blown save would come back to haunt the 1990 Reds.
–Tony Perez had a couple of hits and an RBI.
–The 1975 Reds bullpen looked a bit like their 1990 counterparts. Clay Kirby and Rawley Eastwick pitched the final four innings, giving up just two hits and allowing no runs.
–Chris Sabo went 2-4, with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI. Billy Hatcher was the only other 1990 Red with multiple hits, going 2-5 and scoring a run.
–Fun series. I had a good time playing the games; I just wish the series had been more competitive. I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see this result (and judging by the poll numbers, you guys expected this).
–I’ll pick the series MVP soon, once I’ve had a chance to review the series stats.
Hope you enjoyed it. I’m thinking about doing a series sometime between the 1975 Reds and the 1927 Yankees. That one will likely be more competitive.