Maybe it’s the date?
From the book “Day by Day in Cincinnati Reds History” by Floyd Conner and John Snyder:
1941: The Reds score six runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Boston Braves 9-6 at Crosley Field. Frank McCormick ended the game by hitting a three-run homer to break a 6-6 tie.
1945–Bucky Walters hits two home runs in a 10-8 win at Boston. Bucky built an 8-1 lead after three innings, aided by his pair of home runs, but he had to hang for the 10-8 victory.
1981–Reds’ pitcher Doug Bair hits a three-run, ninth-inning home run to finish off the Cubs in a 10-7 Cincinnati win at Wrigley Field.
And then there was yesterday’s 10-9 debacle loss to the Atlanta Braves with the Braves scoring seven runs in the bottom of the ninth.
What the book doesn’t mention about the 1981 game was what I wrote yesterday about the Cubs scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth and loading the bases before the Reds escaped with a win. The first two games were wins against the Braves. Maybe karma was getting back at the Reds yesterday?