|Rose gets 3 hits in victory.|
Gaylord Perry and Paul Moskau were locked in a classic pitcher's duel as both teams were knotted at one a piece heading into the bottom of seventh inning. Rick Auerbach began the inning with a walk and stayed there when Ray Knight lined a rope to left that was snared by Gene Richards. Pete Rose came to the plate with 2 hits already under his belt in the game. Perry threw a Vaseline ball that did not break and Charlie Hustle got good wood on the soiled ball and smashed it high and deep down the right field line. Right fielder Oscar Gamble went back and towards the foul pole but it was not enough as the ball nestled safely in the stands for two runs. Pedro Borbon pitched 2 innings in relief to earn his 4th save and Moskau improved to 10-4. Reds 3...Padres 2.
Dave Winfield and Oscar Gamble drove in two runs each to lead the Padres past the Big Red Machine today. Eric Rasmussen was far from overpowering but pitched well enough to win. Rasmussen surrendered 10 hits and 2 runs through 6 innings. Mikey Lolich and Mark Lee threw 3 innings of strong relief to preserve the victory for the visiting men from the south west. Padres 7...Reds 2.
|Gamble triples in winning tally|
Bill Bonham had the game well in hand as he left the game after 7 innings due to fatigue. The game was left in the hands of the Red bullpen who had to hold a 1-0 lead. However, things went bad. San Diego came to bat in the top half of the 8th inning and it started out well for Cincinnati. The first two batters were retired quickly and easily and it appeared that the inning was over when Ozzie Smith rolled a routine grounder to All-Star third baseman Pete Rose who gloved the ball effortlessly. However, Rose's peg to first was high and wide and went down the first base line. By the time the ball was retrieved, Smith was standing at second base. The next batter, Derrel Thomas hit a single to left to tie the game at 1. That was not the end as the next batter Oscar Gamble tripled in Thomas for the lead. Rollie Fingers finished up the game as he easily retired the Reds batters in the ninth to win the game. Padres 2...Reds 1.