GAME 1: Reds 3 Braves 0
Frank Pastore scattered seven hits in pitching a complete game shutout evening his season record at 1-1. Pastore allowed only one extra base hit while striking out three and walking one. The Reds backed Pastore’s gem by hitting three solo home runs. Dan Driessen led off the 4th inning with his 3rd home run of the year and George Foster (2) added a solo shot in the 6th. Both home runs came off Braves starter and loser, Phil Niekro. Leading off the 9th, Dan Driessen (4) put the finishing touch on the victory by hitting his second round tripper of the day.
GAME 2: Reds 4 Braves 3
Johnny Bench and Ray Knight homered and Charlie Leibrandt pitched six strong innings as the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth game in a row nipping the Braves in game two. The Reds opened the scoring in their half of the 2nd
as Johnny Bench hit a Rick Matula fast ball deep into the left center bleachers scoring Dan Driessen ahead of him. The Braves finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Brian Asselstine. The Reds came right back scoring a run in the top of the 3rd. on a sacrifice fly by George Foster. In the top of the 7th the Reds scored once again on A home run by Ray Knight (2). The Braves made it interesting by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning on a ground out an a home run by Biff Pocoroba (2).
GAME 3: Reds 6 Braves 4
George Foster led the Cincinnati attack with three RBI as the Reds ran their current win streak to 5. Bill Bonham (1-1) pitched another strong game allowing 2 earned funs and striking out 6 in six innings of work.
GAME 4: Braves 4 Reds 0
The Reds five game winning streak ended as did the Braves 5 game losing streak. Tommy Boggs (1-1) bested Tom Seaver (1-1) with a dazzling 6 hit complete game shutout. Boggs was I n control all the way allowing one extra base hit
while striking out 6 and walking 1. The Braves offense was led by Chris Chambliss with three RBI.