Cincinnati Reds name Opening Day starter

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:35 PM


            SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Scott Feldman #37 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Scott Feldman #37 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Scott Feldman pitched out of the bullpen last year at Houston, but by twists, turns and quirks of fate, he will be an Opening Day starter in Cincinnati this year at Great American Ball Park.

It will be his third Opening Day start and his second career appearance at Great American Ball Park.

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Feldman, 34, started on Opening Day for Texas in 2010 against Toronto. The Reds hope that is an omen because that Rangers team went on to win the American League pennant.

Feldman also started Opening Day for Houston in 2014, and that Astros team lost 92 games.

“It’s pretty cool,” Feldman said. “I know about the history of Cincinnati, being like the capitol of Opening Day.”

When Feldman signed with the Reds, it was unknown what role he would have on the pitching staff. But manager Bryan Price early on named him as one of his three starters.

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Anthony DeSclafani was the most likely to start on Opening Day, but he was shut down for a month with elbow problems and will start the season on the disabled list. Homer Bailey, the most tenured Reds’ starter, had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in early February, and won’t be available until at least June 1.

That brought the choice down to Brandon Finnegan and Feldman, the only two known to be in the Reds’ rotation to date.

“You can’t really predict the future,” Feldman said. “You have to stay ready for everything. It’s just an honor to get the ball on Opening Day. You want to get off to a good start and build on it for the rest of the season.”

Feldman has pitched in three Cactus League games this spring, allowing four earned runs, seven hits and two walks in eight innings of work.

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“I think Scott has the experience and the way he commands the strike zone, makes him the best candidate,” Price said. “My interpretation of Scott throughout spring training is exactly the guy we were looking for and we targeted, a veteran guy with a presence. He has a savvy that will serve us well.

“Part of the decision is the fact that we don’t have Homer or DeSclafani ready to go,” Price continued. “That being said, I couldn’t be happier to have Scott Feldman to be able to go to in this exact situation.”

The only other game Feldman pitched at Great American Ball Park was as the starter for the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He took the loss, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing five runs, including home runs to Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan. Feldman also hit a home run off Bronson Arroyo.

Later that season Feldman was traded to Baltimore for Jake Arrieta.

Feldman signed a three-year contract with the Houston Astros in 2014. He made the Opening Day start for Houston against the New York Yankees in 2014. He made 18 starts for Houston in 2015 but spent most of last season in the bullpen. He was 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 26 appearances.

Feldman was traded to Toronto last August. He was 2-1 with an 8.40 ERA for Toronto in 14 relief appearances. The Reds signed Feldman to a one-year contract in January.

Scott Feldman

W-L; ERA; G; GS

2016 7-4; 3.97; 40; 5;

Career 71-77; 4.40; 321; 183;

OPENING DAY

Who: Phillies at Reds

Where: Great American Ball Park

When: Monday, April 3

First pitch: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FS Ohio, 700, 1410

Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 8:03 AM
Updated: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 8:04 AM


            ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 19: Scooter Gennett #4 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with teammates after hitting a ninth inning grand slam against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 19, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 19: Scooter Gennett #4 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with teammates after hitting a ninth inning grand slam against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 19, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Julio Teheran still considers himself to be Atlanta’s ace, even if his numbers suggest otherwise.

“Yeah, that’s the spot I want to be in hopefully for my whole career,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t have ups and downs. We’re all human. We all make mistakes.”

Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam, Robert Stephenson won for the first time in eight decisions and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Braves 11-8 on Saturday night.

Teheran, expected to be the Braves’ ace for a fifth straight year, set an Atlanta record by losing his ninth straight home decision. He dropped to 1-9 with a 6.98 ERA in 13 starts at SunTrust Park.

“I think it’s part of baseball,” he said “Every time I get the ball I try to win. I haven’t won since the first game but it’s not like I’m going to worry about it. I’m just trying to get better.”

Gennett’s 21st homer, his third grand slam this season and fourth of his career, made it 11-4 in the ninth. The Braves scored four runs in the bottom half, but Michael Lorenzen, the second Cincinnati pitcher of the inning, earned his second save after Blake Wood failed to retire a batter and allowed the four runs.

Stephenson (1-4) gave up three hits, three walks and two runs — one earned — in five innings. Winning for the first time since April 2016, the converted reliever struck out five but had some struggles, dropping a ball at first base, hitting a batter with a pitch and throwing a bunt attempt into the Atlanta dugout.

“It’s nice to see something other than a zero up there,” Stephenson said of his record.

Gennett joined Frank Robinson, Lee May, Ray Knight, Eric Davis, Chris Sabo and Devin Mesoraco as the only Reds to hit three grand slams in a season.

“I don’t think anybody could have expected this,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “The numbers speak for themselves.”

Gennett loves the pressure of getting a chance to hit with the bases loaded.

“It’s not like I’m trying to hit homers, but you want to come through,” he said. “To get some more runs there was huge, especially the way the game ended up.”

Cincinnati took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on singles by Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler. Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte overran Suarez’s hit and the ball got past him for a two-base error that scored another run.

Schebler went 3 for 4. Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto each added an RBI.

Teheran (7-11) allowed eight hits, three walks and five runs — four earned. He struck out seven and has dropped five straight decisions overall.

The Braves scored on Brandon Phillips’ 11th homer, Inciarte’s sacrifice fly, Kurt Suzuki’s 13th homer and Matt Adams’ three-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth.

Teheran topped the Atlanta mark held by Craig McMurtry in 1984 and tied by Shelby Miller in 2015.

The Braves dropped to 9-22 since reaching .500 on July 16.

GOOD MOVES

Phillips fielded a grounder barehanded on the third-base line and Freddie Freeman dug out his throw on a nice play by corner infielders in the sixth. … Reds LF Adam Duvall robbed Matt Kemp of a hit, running forward to make a diving catch in the third. … Braves RF Nick Markakis stretched out to catch Hamilton’s liner against the grass in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: SS Zack Cozart is limping considerably after getting hit in the leg with a pitch Friday and leaving the game early. Manager Bryan Price indicated that Cozart is likely to avoid the disabled list and could return to the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Cozart has been on the DL twice this year with strained right quad.

Still more questions than answers for the Reds

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 11:09 PM

As the rebuild continues and the season has less than a month-and-a-half to go, the Cincinnati Reds still have more questions than Alex Trebec asks on Jeopardy.

And most of them are really tough decisions, some of them evident Saturday nigh when the Reds narrowly escaped the Atlanta Braves, 11-8, after leading by seven going into the bottom of the ninth.

WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO with Scooter Gennett? Will they re-sign him after they picked him up off waivers this spring from the Milwaukee Brewers, the biggest bargain since Marge Schott sold hot dogs for $1?

Gennett hit a grand slam home run Saturday night, his third grand slam this season to go with his four home run night. The first half of the season he didn’t even play regularly, but he has 21 home runs and 74 RBI.

His three grand slams tied a team season record, held by six other Reds, last done in 2014 by Devin Mesoraco. The first to do it was Frank Robinson.

THE GRAND PLAN WAS TO have young Jose Peraza become the regular second baseman after they dumped Brandon Phillips. But Gennett has outplayed Peraza in every possible way.

And how about right field? Scott Schebler? Jesse Winker? Phillip Ervin? All three are solid and legitimate candidates.

Schebler came off the disabled list Friday and on Saturday started his first game since going on the DL.

Before going on the DL, Schebler was quietly playing with a bad shoulder, injured on a diving catch in Los Angeles. He kept playing and was 4 for 52.

ON SATURDAY HE WAS ON base his first four times at the plate and had a single, two doubles, a walk, scored twice and drove in a run.

Is he the guy? His average is low, but his power numbers are impressive and he is an outstanding defender. But Winker, a No. 1 draft choice, was supposed to be the right fielder of the future when they traded Jay Bruce.

And Ervin, drafted No. 1 in 2013, has   languished in the minors. But he was called up early this week and his first career hit Wedneday in Chicago was a home run. The next night, he hit a two-run home run to break a 9-9 tie and the Reds won, 13-10.

For the game he was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and four RBI.

AND, OF COURSE, THE PITCHING rotation remains a floating crap game.

Is Robert Stephenson part of it? He pitched creditably Saturday night — five innings, two runs, three hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

With the Reds leading, 5-2, manager Bryan Price removed him, even though he had thrown only 75 pitches. The innings, though, were stressful. The Braves had runners in base in every inning and stranded eight while Stephenson was in there. And for the night the Brave stranded 14 and we 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

And he made two errors and failed to put down a bunt, physical things that have nothing to do with pitching ability. Price more than likely removed him early to give him a positive feeling about himself.

AND HE WAS CREDITED WITH the win, his first of the season after four losses, but it was shaky.

The Reds led, 7-4, entering the top of the ninth and Gennett’s grand slam made it 11-4. They were needed.

Blake Wood started the bottom of the ninth and gave up four straight hits, including a three-run home run to Matt Adams, to cut the lead to 11-7.

Price had to bring in Michael Lorenzen to get the final three outs and it was painful. He gave up two hits and another run scored. He had two on with two outs (both strikeouts) before he ended it by getting Matt Kemp to ground weakly to third.

Surviving the onslaught enabled the Reds to win their third straight.

It would have been somewhat disconcerting had the Reds lost to Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. He was 1-and-8 with a 7.37 ERA in his start at home in new Sun Trust Park. Now he is 1-and-9 (He is 6-and-2 on the road).

HS Results 8/19: Springboro opens season with shutout win

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 10:57 PM

The Springboro girls soccer team started the season on a winning note with a 1-0 win over Bearden (TN) at the Bearden High School Invitational on Saturday.

Liv Page tallied the game-winner off an Alex Garver assist with 28 minutes to play in the second half.

Keeper Kristy Catrine posted the shutout with five saves.

Boro continues play in the tournament Sunday against Farragut (TN) at noon.

Boys Soccer

Sidney 4, Lehman Catholic 1: Jalen Hudgins scored twice and Damien Jones and Evan Burden had a goal apiece to help Sidney start the season with a win. Jake Emrick hit the lone goal for LC.

Alter 3, Monroe 0: Ty Borton, Joel Bockelman and Dominic Ruffolo all had goals to propel Alter to a season-opening win.

Northwestern 9, Newton 2: Dillon Koble and Dylan Huber each scored in a losing effort for Newton.

Girls Soccer

Milton Union 4, Dayton Christian 0: Morgan Nemeth, Kristen Dickison, Mara Walters and Hallie Berberich each posted a goal for MU in the season-opener.

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0: Gabby Hollar and Grace Estes recorded two goals apiece and keeper Paige Shafer notched six saves to lead WLS.

Bethel 4, Stebbins 0: Freshman Darani Wenrick scored two goals and keeper Hannah Marzolf notched 16 saves in the shutout.

Girls Volleyball

Urbana 3, Bethel 2: Taylor Adams tallied 30 assists with 19 digs and 9 aces and Mackenzie Bean added 8 kills with 10 digs to lead Urbana.

Greeneview 3, Yellow Springs 1: Caitlin Sweat recorded 6 kills with 5 aces and 6 digs and Ashely Schloss added 8 kills for Greeneview.

Fort Loramie 2, St. Marys 0: After dropping matches to New Knoxville and Versailles, Fort Loramie finished the Coldwater Spike-Off with a win. Sophia Albers tallied 13 assists with 6 digs and Kenzie Hoelscher had 7 kills.

SCORES LIST

Boys Soccer

Friday’s Results

Anderson 9, Middletown 0

Eaton 3, Edgewood 1

Fairmont 3, Fairborn 0

Mason 1, Springboro 0

Miami Valley School 3, Twin Valley South 1

Northwestern 9, Newton 2

Temple Christian 2, Miller City 0

Saturday’s Results

Alter 3, Monroe 0

Badin 1, Northwest 0

Bethel 4, Stebbins 0

Fairfield 0, Fairmont 0

Lakota West 2, Centerville 2

Ross 1, New Richmond 0

Sidney 4, Lehman Catholic 1

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0

Girls Soccer

Friday’s Results

Chaminade Julienne 8, Vandalia 0

Eaton 4, Edgewood 4

Fairmont 3, Fairborn 0

Miami Valley School 4, Twin Valley South 1

Milford 1, Lebanon 1

Newton 5, Greenville 0

Saturday’s Results

Badin 6, Northwest 0

Graham 9, Southeastern 1

Milton Union 4, Dayton Christian 0

Northmont 7, Middletown 1

Springboro 1, Bearden (TN) 0

Tecumseh 5, Miami East 0

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0

Girls Tennis

Friday’s Results

Bellbrook 5, Fairmont 0

Oakwood 5, Preble Shawnee 0

Upper Arlington 5, Chaminade Julienne 0

Wayne 4, Sidney 1

Boys Golf

Friday’s Results

Fort Loramie 169, Marion Local 211

Lehman Catholic 170, Fort Recovery 201, Botkins 211

Talawanda 180, Ross 199

Saturday’s Results

Twin Valley South 166, Franklin Monroe 190

Girls Golf

Friday’s Results

Alter 200, Oakwood 228

Girls Volleyball

Saturday’s Results

Alter 3, McAuley 2

Catholic Central 3, Northwestern 0

Fort Loramie 2, St. Marys 0

Greeneview 3, Yellow Springs 1

New Knoxville 2, Fort Loramie 1

Preble Shawnee 2, National Trail 0

Tippecanoe 3, Northmont 0

Urbana 3, Bethel 2

Valley View 2, National Trail 0

Versailles 2, Fort Loramie 1

REPORTING RESULTS

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Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 5:28 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 8:30 PM


            Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams (36) tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams (36) tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

The Cincinnati Bengals lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a right elbow injury in addition to losing track of numerous Kansas City wide receivers Saturday night as three Chiefs quarterbacks steered a rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

Kansas City scored on its first five possessions, the last four of which resulted in touchdowns as the Chiefs whipped the Bengals 30-12.

Kansas City tight end Demetrius Harris caught a 5-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Alex Smith and a 1-yarder from rookie backup Patrick Mahomes, who also connected with De’Anthony Thomas for a 7-yard score.

Then third-stringer Tyler Bray threw an 18-yard touchdown to Seantavius Jones on his first snap of the game, which came after an interception by Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron.

Kansas City (1-1) outgained Cincinnati (1-1) 411-257 as the Chiefs top three quarterbacks combined to go 20 of 28 for 194 yards and three touchdowns for a 126.2 passer rating, while running back Charcandrick West ran for 113 yards on seven carries.

Williams was hurt tackling Akeem Hunt shy of the first down marker on the first play of the second quarter and was carted off the field to keep his right arm stabilized. The team’s other starting safety, George Iloka, has yet to play in the preseason after suffering a knee injury July 30, although he returned to practice this week.

The Bengals first-team offense played the first series in the first half, with quarterback Andy Dalton directing a pair of field goal drives. Randy Bullock opened the scoring with a 47-yarder in the first quarter, and rookie Jake Elliott booted a 32 yarder in the second quarter.

Dalton was 7 of 13 for 98 yards.

“I thought we moved the ball fairly well overall, but we’ve got to score TDs,” Dalton said. “We picked up a few first downs and kept things moving, but we’ve got to cross the goal line.”

McCarron led the fourth drive, which began with 1:05 left in the second quarter. McCarron threw passes of 31 yards to Alex Erickson and 25 yards to Tyler Boyd to get the Bengals in range for Bullock, who hit a 26-yarder as time expired in the first half.

Elliott added a 39-yarder in the third quarter to keep the kicking competition close. Bullock and Elliott are 7 of 7 through the first two games.

McCarron was 8 of 15 for 93 yards and an interception before turning things over to third-stringer Jeff Driskel.

Rookie running back Joe Mixon, one of the stars of the 23-12 win against Tampa Bay, carried six times for 16 yards. Starting running back Jeremy Hill rushed six times for 28 yards.

The Bengals play their first road game of the preseason next Sunday at Washington in a 4:30 p.m. nationally televised game.