On June 12, 1975, the Cincinnati Reds scored seven times in the sixth inning en route to blizing the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-1.
The Reds had taken sole possession of first place on June 8 when Gary Nolan outdueled Cubs starter Rick Reuschel, 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium. Nolan went the distance in that game with Johnny Bench socking a seventh inning two-run homer to provide the Reds only runs. The Reds never looked back on the season at that point, going 76-32 the rest of the way, a .704 winning percentage, and 20 games better than the Western Division second place team, Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Reds moved star outfielder Pete Rose to third base on May 3, but it took some time for this lineup to gel, but gel it did, and on the three days of June 12-14, the Reds racked up 39 runs in three games, their highest three game total of the year.
It started on the 12th against the Cardinals. The Reds were leading 3-0 in the middle of the sixth as Nolan had only allowed three singles, walking none. Ron Bryant was on the mound for the Cardinals and Rose led off with a single to center field, followed by a single to right field by Ken Griffey, with Rose moving to third base. Dave Concepcion followed with a single to left, Rose scoring and Griffey stopping at second.
The Cardinals replaced the lefty Bryant with righty Ryan Kurosaki to pitch to the right handed power of the Reds’ order. Johnny Bench walked to load the bases. Tony Perez followed with a two-run single to right with two runs scoring and Bench advancing to third. Cesar Geronimo grounded to first base and Bench was hung up between third and home. Bench was tagged out for the first out of the inning, but Perez advanced to third base and Geronimo to second during the rundown. George Foster was intentionally walked to load the bases and get to light hitting backup infielder Doug Flynn, who was playing in place of Joe Morgan that day. However, manager Sparky Anderson called on Morgan to pinch hit for Flynn, and Morgan singled to center, scoring Perez and Geronimo, with Foster moving to third. Pitcher Nolan batted for himself, and followed with a double, scoring the Reds’ final two runs of the inning and giving them a 10-0 lead, on the way to 10-1 victory.