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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reds take 3 of 4 from Giants

August 14, 1981:  After the long layoff due to the strike, it was like the Reds never put the bats down scoring four first inning runs.  Foster had the big night hitting home runs in the first, fifth, and eighth innings.  The Reds leftfielder finished with five RBI to lead the Reds to the 10-2 win in game one of the twi-night doubleheader.  Bruce Berenyi (5-2) threw six innings of one hit and one run ball to garner the win.  Ed Whitson (4-4) was the loser.

In game two, the Reds rallied from four down, blew the lead, and rallied again for the 7-6 win in eleven innings.  With one out, Concepcion reached on a Joe Pettini error advancing to second.  After Foster was intentionally walked, Junior Kennedy singled to load the bases.  Knight grounded to third but Concepcion beat the throw home, scoring the game winning run.  Rookie Scott Brown (1-0) threw two scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first ever ARAIG win.  Lefty Bob Tufts (0-1) was pinned with the defeat.

August 15, 1981:  Trailing 2-1 heading to the top of the eighth, the Giants put together a rally of their own.  After Joe Morgan grounded out, Bergman singled, Jack Clark then lined a triple to plate Morgan and tie the score at two.  Clark scored on a Darrell Evans ground out to short.  The Reds threatened in the bottom of the ninth putting runners on first and second, but Giants reliever Greg Minton was able to pitch out of trouble.  Doyle Alexander (6-2) threw seven strong innings to pick up the win.  Doug Bair (2-2) suffered the setback in relief.  Minton picked up save number 12.

August 16, 1981:  Mario Soto threw 7.1 innings of shutout ball as the Reds took the game (and the series), 4-0. Rightfielder Dave Collins went two for three including a triple with a run scored and a RBI to lead the Cincinnati attack.  Soto (5-6) was the winner while veteran Tom Griffin (5-4) was the loser.

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