April 25th in Reds' History
APRIL 25, 1987...The next Willie Mays? Well,...…maybe. After whiffing four consecutive times in yesterday's eleven-inning game, Reds' center fielder Eric Davis whiffed five consecutive times in today's ten-inning contest.
(Davis’ problem is just temporary. The 24-year-old center fielder will soon set a National League record for his total of 19 homers on the season through the month of May)
APRIL 25, 1969...Reds' veteran Jim Maloney mows downs the expansion new San Diego Padres with a complete game four-hitter as Cincinnati wins in San Diego, 4-1. The Reds have now won five of the last six games and have won all four games that Maloney has started this season.
The Reds got on the scoreboard in the third inning when rookie shortstop Darrell Chaney scored from second base on Pete Rose's liner into right field. Padres' right fielder Ollie "Downtown" Brown, currently equipped with the best throwing arm in the big leagues, saw the hustling Rose trying to stretch the single into a double. Brown fired a strike to second base to gun down Rose for the Reds' third out. Chaney scored ahead of the play for the Reds' first run. Reds' catcher Johnny Bench supplied a towering three-run homer in the fourth-inning off Padres’ starter Tommie Sisk. First baseman Nate Colbert homered in the ninth-inning for the lone San Diego run.
APRIL 25, 1969...How DO these rumors get started? The latest rumor from Los Angeles has Reds' lefty Gerry Arrigo going to the Los Angeles Dodgers for three players! The Dodgers are in need of starting pitching after placing Don Drysdale on the disabled list. Arrigo, who is trying to recover from a sore arm, has yet to pitch in a game this season! Reds’ GM Bob Howsam is busy denying the rumor.
APRIL 25, 1977...The Reds kept the scoreboard operator busy by scoring 23 runs in the first five innings of a 23-9 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.
Reds' slugger George Foster finished the game with two HR’s, a single, a double, five runs scored, and seven RBI's. Catcher Johnny Bench came away with two singles, a double, and a home run. Bench and first baseman Dan Driessen drove in four runs apiece. Reds' starter Jack Billingham picked up the win and is now 3-0, despite giving up five earned runs and seventeen hits in tonight’s eight innings of work.
Braves' starter Phil Niekro, who gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the first-inning, picked up another loss. The veteran knuckleballer is now 0-3 on the season.