Friday, March 1, 2013

Phils Sweep Reds.

Game 1 Riverfront Stadium,


A classic pitching duel was expected as Tom Seaver went up against Steve Carlton. Both future Hall of Famers went deep into the game but neither were around for the decision.  Cincy held a 3-2 lead until the top half of the sixth inning when Mike Schmidt singled.  Richie Hebner clubbed a go ahead clout to right center to make the score 4-3.  However, in the bottom of the 9th, Rick Auerbach pinch hit for Junior Kennedy and smacked a game tying homerun to send it into extras. Both teams dueled it out until the 12th when the Phillies struck for 3 runs off reliever Pedro Borbon to win it.  Gene Garber (2-0) earned the win in relief with the save going to Ron Reed, his 5th. The loss was attributed to Pedro Borbon(0-2)...Phillies ..7....Reds 4 in 12 innings.

Game 2 at Riverfront Stadium,

Another extra inning affair as both teams went one extra inning than the previous game to decide it.  Martin led off the game with a homerun into the left field seats. The Phillies plated another run in the inning to get out to an early 2-0 lead. The hometown team struck for a run in the bottom half of the frame when Morgan doubled and George Foster tripled him in. That was the only scoring in the game due to wonderful pitching by Larry Christenson and Fred Norman. However, the 8th inning was when both offenses decided to add more runs.  Mike Schmidt led off with a single and came around to score on Greg Luzinki's double off the wall. The Reds tied the game in the last of the 8th with a Mike Lum pinch homerun and two more runs. The game was finally decided in the 13th when Bob Boone hit a homerun to center.  Gene Garber again received the win in relief to move to 3-0 and Reed earned his 6th save. Manny Sarmiento got the loss. (1-3)....Phillies 5...Reds 4. in 13 innings.

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