Reds vs. Giants NLDS Game 5: What to know

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 1:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 1:02 PM

            Associated Press

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Quick preview of today's game

Who: Reds vs. Giants

What: Game 5 of National League Division Series

When: 1:07 p.m. today

Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati


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Starting pitchers: Reds right-hander Mat Latos (14-4, 3.48 ERA) vs. Giants right-hander Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79 ERA)

Series so far: Tied 2-2. Reds won Game 1, 5-2; Reds won Game 2, 9-0; Giants won Game 3, 2-1 (10 innings); Giants won Game 4, 8-3

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Notes and nuggets:

-- The Reds will be looking to win their first postseason series since the 1995 NLDS, while San Francisco will be looking to advance to the NLCS for the first time since 2010.

-- Dating back to the 2010 postseason the Giants have now won eight of their last 10 playoff road contests, including four in a row.

-- Cincinnati will be looking to avoid becoming the first team ever to take a 2-0 lead in a five-game series and lose the next three games all at home. The Reds have not lost three consecutive home games all season.

-- Matt Cain has six losses in 11 career starts against the Reds and has lost each of his last three starts overall against them (includes postseason).

-- Mat Latos came on in relief in Game 1 after Johnny Cueto's Game 1 start was cut short by an oblique issue. Latos tossed four innings while allowing just one run and four hits in that contest. Latos went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts against the Giants this season.

-- Ryan Ludwick, who has homered in two of his last three games, is 8-for-22 with one double, three homers and six RBI in his career against Matt Cain.

-- Tickets for today's game were selling for as low as $3 on sites such at

-- Many Reds fans who want to email photos or post to Facebook and other social media sites during this week's baseball playoff games are experiencing failure to communicate. Full report

-- A couple clad in Reds T-shirts got married in front of Great American Ball Park on Wedneday morning

-- Get a breakdown of all postseason series


Reds NLDS schedule

2012 NLDS Schedule

Game Road Team   Home Team
TV Channel Date Game Time
Game 1


at Giants
TBS Saturday, Oct. 6 Result: Reds win, 5-2
Game 2


at Giants
Sunday, Oct. 7 Result: Reds win, 9-0
Game 3 Giants at Reds
TBS Tuesday, Oct. 9 Result: Reds lost, 2-1 (10 inn.)
Game 4
Giants at


Wednesday, Oct. 10 Result: Reds lost 8-3
Game 5
Giants at


TBS Thursday, Oct. 11 1:07 p.m.


 -- Reports from staff, wire reports and STATS LLC.

Dragons-Whitecaps: First-place showdown at Fifth Third Field

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

            Dayton’s Jose Siri tries to avoid a tag by Bowling Green’s Michael Brosseau during the sixth inning of a game on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field. Siri was called out on the play. Contriubted Photo by Bryant Billing

It’s been a while since the Dayton Dragons have been involved in a “big” series at any time during a season, but that’s exactly what will unfold down at Fifth Third Field this weekend.

The West Michigan Whitecaps roll into town for a four-game series over the holiday weekend. The Detroit Tigers affiliate is now the frontrunner in the Midwest League’s East Division with Dayton sitting 1 game behind in the standings.

The Dragons have owned the top spot most of the season, riding the best record in minor league baseball until they dropped two out of three at Great Lakes and now stand a game back in the division.

Dayton (31-15) comes into the series with fewer home-field losses than any team in the Midwest League, including a three game sweep of the Whitecaps at Fifth Third Field last month. West Michigan (32-14) is riding a six-game winning streak.

The Dragons haven’t won the first-half championship since 2007, and they haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2011.

The top two teams in each division in the first half qualify for the playoffs.

The Dragons will see the Whitecaps again before the All-Star break. They head to West Michigan for a four-game series next month.

West goes 9 innings to edge Centerville, earn spot in regional final

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 6:48 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:50 AM

Lakota West’s Bryce Johnson (7) heads for third after a wild throw to Centerville infielder Jared Lieberman (13) during their Division I regional semifinal Thursday at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

After failing to capitalize more than a few times with runners in scoring position, the Lakota West High School baseball team got a little help to push the winning runs across.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Bryce Johnson’s one-out double on a hit-and-run became the catalyst for a two-base error, allowing Frankie Schmitt and Johnson to score the go-ahead runs.

The score held up for a 3-1 win over Centerville in a Division I regional semifinal Thursday at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium. West meets St. Xavier, a winner over Fairfield, in the regional final at 5 p.m. on Friday at UC.

PHOTOS: Greg Lynch’s gallery from the game

DIVISION I: Fairfield ousted by Bombers 4-1

DIVISION III: Carlisle advances to regional final

“The big thing was just putting it in play,” West coach Greg Leurck said. “Having speed already on the base with Frankie … and Bryce is very good with bat control, so I put the hit-and-run on and their shortstop was covering and it just kind of squibbed through the hole and put the pressure on them with the base runner.

“It’s tense. In the tournament, anything can happen and guys were going out there and giving it their all. We knew if we put the pressure on them on the bases, at some point we could cause a mistake to happen and it did.”

West (24-5) put plenty of pressure on the Elks throughout but left nine runners on base, including six in scoring position.

Centerville (17-10) had a chance to take a big lead in the bottom of the fourth when Morgan Colopy’s base hit drove in Alex Firsdon with no outs and another runner on to make it 1-0. However, West pitcher Jacob Kates minimized the damage with a pair of strikeouts and some help from a fielder’s choice that caught Riley Poulton out in a rundown on the third-base line.

The Firebirds responded quickly with A.J. Petersen’s leadoff triple in the top of the fifth, followed by Johnson’s RBI infield single with one out to tie the game. West loaded the bases with two outs but couldn’t get another run across until the ninth.

“You like to jump out early, but we just had to stick with it and stay with the process, and we ended up getting it done,” said Johnson, who went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. “It feels great. We still have three games to win, so this is just the next step.”

Kates (10-1), who scattered seven hits and struck out eight, went the distance on the mound for West, despite sitting at 121 pitches going into the ninth inning with a 125 limit.

Centerville pitcher Joey Hecht left after the seventh after giving up one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Reliever Nick Hoffman allowed the final two runs, both unearned.

“Both my pitchers were solid, they never got rattled, and I thought we hit one of the top pitchers in the state pretty good,” Elks coach Jason Whited said. “They just executed their opportunities and we didn’t.

“You lose in a regional semifinal that you have a chance to win and it’s disappointing, but our guys handled it. We made it this far, and it’s something to build on for next year.”

“You’ve got to give their pitchers credit,” Leurck said. “They threw two guys at us and they were throwing strikes and giving our guys a tough time, but like we’ve done all year, we’ve done what we’ve needed to do to win.”

Lakota West 000-010-002—3-7-1

Centerville 000-100-000—1-7-1

WP — Jacob Kates (10-1); LP — Nick Hoffman (1-1). Records: L 24-5, C 17-10

Video: Security guard criticized after ejecting Braves fan, taking ball from child

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

A security guard was criticized after ejecting a fan and taking a baseball from a child during an Atlanta Braves game in SunTrust Park.
Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A security guard is being criticized on social media after ejecting a fan and taking a baseball from a child during an Atlanta Braves game in SunTrust Park on Wednesday night.

After Braves player Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the right field line at the bottom of the eight inning, a fan reached over the outfield wall with his glove, snagged the ball and handed the ball to a child.

Video appears to show a security guard jump over the wall and eject the fan from the stadium for interfering with live play. The security guard also told the boy that he couldn’t keep the ball he was holding, then took it from him.

After Wednesday night’s game, Braves officials contacted the boy’s family and gave him a Freddie Freeman-signed ball, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The boy was also invited back to a game to celebrate his birthday in July.

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Braves, 12-5 in extra innings.

There was plenty of reaction on Twitter to the incident, from media and fans who watched it unfold on their televisions.


Hamilton’s mad dash saves Reds

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

‘Run, Billy, run. Run, Billy, run. Run, Billy, run Billy, run Billy run.’


If anybody doesn’t believe speed kills, especially on a baseball basepath, they need to watch the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s Cincinnati-Cleveland baseball game.

Not only once, but twice Hamilton used his Olympic speed to save the Reds and lift them to a 4-3 victory over the Indians.

HAMILTON IS SO FAST HE fooled first base umpire Tim Timmons. With the Reds down, 3-2, and runners on second and first with one out, Hamilton grounded to first baseman Carlos Santana. His throw to second got the second out and on the return throw to first base Timmerman called Hamilton out.

Game over? Tribe wins, 3-2? Not so fast, because Hamilton is fast. The Reds challenged the out call at first and after a long, long delay while they looked at tape in New York, the call was reversed. Hamilton was safe. Game still on.

There were runners on first (Hamilton) and third (Scooter Gennett).

With Zack Cozart batting, 0 for 3 on the night with three strikeouts, Hamilton took off for second and Cozart lined a single to shallow left field. Michael Brantley tried for a diving catch and missed. The ball was right in front of him, but he couldn’t find it right away.

Hamilton never stopped. He scored, standing up from first base, on a shallow single to left field, with the go-ahead and winning run.

ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS for Raisel Iglesias to finish it off. But it wasn’t easy.

It took Iglesias 10 pitches to strike out pinch-hitter Yan Gomes, then he retired Daniel Robertson on a ground ball to the mound.

He walked Jason Kipnis on a full count and Francisco Lindor singled to right, putting the potential tying run on third and the winning run on first.

It ended when Michael Brantley grounded out and Iglesias had his eighth save in eight opportunities.

The game was played in two segments. They played five and then waited for more than two hours for a rainstorm to subside, then played the final four innings.

JUST DOWN THE STREET from Progressive Field, a guitarist named Carlos Santana is enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, owner of 10 Grammy Awards.

But it was a different Carlos Santana that nearly wrecked the Reds before the rain delay. He drove in all three runs before the rains came and the Indians led, 3-2.

He hit a two-run home run in the third inning off Reds starter Lisalverto Bonilla.

The Reds tied it, 2-2, in the fourth on a single by Joey Votto and Adam Duvall’s 10th home run — the fourth Cincinnati hitter to reach 10 or more home runs, the only team in the majors that can say that.

Just before they pulled the tarp on the field, Santana pulled a run-scoring double to right in the bottom of the fifth to give the Tribe a 3-2 lead.

Then came the rains. And the game stayed 3-2 until the ninth and Hamilton’s sprint around the bases.

If it had been raining, not a drop would have fallen on Hamilton’s head.

THE INDIANS WERE 18-and-0 this season when leading after seven innings, but the Reds got to closer Cody Allen in the ninth, an inning started with back-to-back singles by Scooter Gennett and Tucker Barnhart.

And the Tribe bullpen hadn’t blown a save all year but have blown two straight to the Reds. They blew a 7-4 lead in Cincinnati Tuesday night, but came back to win, 8-7.

Reds manager Bryan Price is not a big fan of replay/review, especially some of the lengthy time it takes. On Wednesday night, he became a huge fan. For one day.