Dodgers send Reds to eighth straight loss in 10-2 rout

Published: Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 8:22 PM


            CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 17: Asher Wojciechowski #65 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 17, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 17: Asher Wojciechowski #65 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 17, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Remember those bloody – sometimes literally – battles between the Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the 1970s?

Neither do a lot of other Reds fans. Those games have been replaced by Dodger dominance.

Yasiel Puig hit two home runs, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson also homered, Corey Seager reached base in all five of his plate appearances and Cincinnati’s offense left its clutch hitting in the clubhouse as the Reds suffered their seventh consecutive loss to the Dodgers and 16th in the last 18 games between the two teams, 10-2.

The Reds, who went into the game with second-fewest errors in the National League, committed two while extending their losing streak to a season-worst eight games and slipping a season-high nine games under .500. They went into the game 6 ½ games out of first place, their deepest hole of the season.

A crowd of 42,431 – Cincinnati’s second 2017 sellout and first since Opening Day – was on hand to help honor Reds Hall of Fame-member Pete Rose, whose statue on Crosley Terrace outside Great American Ball Park was unveiled before the game.

Joey Votto collected three hits – including two ground-rule doubles – and Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart each had two hits while the Reds were hitting three triples in a game for the first time since July 30, 2005, but the Reds went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position while leaving four runners on third base and seeing two runners thrown out at the plate.

The Reds have scored a combined 10 runs in their last five games.

“The tide will turn,” manager Bryan Price said. “We’re too good of an offensive ballclub to think this will last too long.”

The Dodgers needed just six Asher Wojciechowski pitches to turn a 1-1 tie into a 6-1 lead with one out in the third inning. Ryu led off by reaching on Cozart’s error. Seager drew a one-out walk, and left fielder Chris Taylor snapped the tie with a line drive double that reached the left field wall on one hop.

Bellinger drilled Wojciechowski’s next pitch into the right field seats for a two-run home run and a 5-1 Los Angeles lead. Four pitches later, Pederson knocked Wojciechowski out of the game with another no-doubt drive into the right field seats, Pederson’s second homer in two games.

“I just didn’t locate,” Wojciechowski said. “The first two innings went pretty smoothly, then I got into a situation where they had runners on first and second. I worked Taylor into a good count and then left a fastball out over the plate and he put a good swing on it.

“I just got too much of the middle of the plate on three pitches. It’s frustrating. To feel like I felt for the first two innings and then for that to happen is frustrating. I’ve just got to let it go.”

Wojciechowski (1-1) suffered his first loss in six games and four starts since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on May 20. In his last two games, both starts against the Dodgers, he’s allowed a combined 11 hits and 10 runs, nine earned, in 7 1/3 innings for an 11.05 ERA.

Cozart, Votto and Adam Duvall all singled to start the third and Eugenio Suarez walked to push Cozart across the plate, but Schebler lined out to Seager at shortsop and Ryu nabbed Peraza’s sharp one-hopper and turned into a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play.

Price was ejected by plate umpire Stu Scheurwater, a vacation replacement called up from the minor leagues, after the umpire called Hamilton out on strikes to end the third inning with Scott Schebler on second base and Devin Mesoraco on first. The pitch was on the lower edge of Fox Sports Ohio’s strike box, but Hamilton flung his battling helmet and bat to the ground, and Scheurwater was seen gesturing toward the Reds dugout as if to say “That’s enough” before handing Price his first ejection of the season and 10th on his four seasons as Cincinnati’s manager.

“I think it was a young guy trying to do a good job, but there was some hesitation, and I didn’t care for it,” Price said. “You want the call immediately. The hesitation got under my skin. Then he got Billy for the uniform-violation fine thing, and I just didn’t think it was a good enough pitch for Billy to get fined.”

Seager and Bellinger each had first-inning doubles, giving Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. Hamilton singled to lead off the bottom of the first, went to third on Cozart’s double down the left field line and scored on Taylor’s throwing error.

Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin, front, is doused with an ice bath by pitcher Sal Romano, left, after their 13-10 win in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Chicago. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start.
AP Photo/David Banks
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin, front, is doused with an ice bath by pitcher Sal Romano, left, after their 13-10 win in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Chicago. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start.(AP Photo/David Banks)

The Reds’ 13-10 win over the Cubs on Thursday had no shortage of fireworks.

  • Cincinnati scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since tagging Detroit for 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win on Aug. 24, 2015.
  • The Reds blew a nine-run lead. The team last did that on Aug. 25, 2010, at San Francisco; a game it also rallied to win, 12-11. Cincinnati also blew such a lead on April 28, 2004, losing to Milwaukee 10-9.
  • Outfielder Phillip Ervin fell a triple shy of the cycle in his first ever start (fifth career game). He’s homered in back-to-back days.
  • Ervin and Eugenio Suarez were the first Reds teammates to record two hits in an inning since Steve Selsky and Tucker Barnhard did so last Sept. 26 in St. Louis.
  • Cincinnati gave up six homers, tying a season high (June 29 against Milwaukee). It’s served up 205 long balls on the year.
  • The Reds’ team ERA is 5.30, worst in the majors by a large margin (Braves are second-worst at 4.77).
  • Starter Scott Feldman gave up four home runs in an inning, tying a team record for most in a frame. He saw five balls leave the yard total, also tying a team-high mark.

VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin, front, is doused with an ice bath by pitcher Sal Romano, left, after their 13-10 win in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Chicago. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start.
AP Photo/David Banks
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin, front, is doused with an ice bath by pitcher Sal Romano, left, after their 13-10 win in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Chicago. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start.(AP Photo/David Banks)

After homering for his first career hit Wednesday, Phillip Ervin’s encore was even better.

Ervin hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run and added four RBIs in his first start, emerging as the difference in the Reds’ 13-10 shootout victory against the Cubs.

It was the 25-year-old’s fifth game. He also had a single and double in his four at-bats. He even stole a base. 



Dragons continue to have West Michigan’s number

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 10:33 PM


            Jose Siri of the Dayton Dragons steals second in the eighth inning against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field. BRIAN SWARTZ / CONTRIBUTED
Jose Siri of the Dayton Dragons steals second in the eighth inning against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field. BRIAN SWARTZ / CONTRIBUTED

West Michigan may have the Midwest League’s best record, but you couldn’t blame the Whitecaps if a little doubt started to set in.

Dayton pitchers Scott Moss and Tony Santillan would be the reason, because it’s likely they’ll face the Whitecaps in the first two games of the MWL playoffs, which begin at Fifth Third Field on Sept. 6.

Santillan (7-7, 3.56 ERA) worked five innings, allowed one run, struck out nine, walked three and allowed four hits in the Dragons’ 3-1 home win Thursday.

Together, Santillan and Moss combined to allow one run while striking out 14 in 10 innings during the final two games of the series. The Whitecaps lost back-to-back to the same opponent for the first time since mid-April.

Santillan’s biggest test came in the fifth, when he allowed consecutive singles to start the inning. With runners on first and second, and no outs, Santillan rebounded by striking out the side.

“That’s huge for him to come out of a tough situation and he can keep his composure out there and his emotions under control,” manager Luis Bolivar said. “He did it great, he came out of that inning and it was huge.”

Game changer: Lady Luck helped Dayton in the second when DH John Sansone hit a one-out grounder up the middle that pitcher Anthony Castro got a glove on. The change in trajectory forced second baseman Chad Sedio to hurry his throw to Danny Pinero, who couldn’t pick the ball out of the dirt.

Hector Vargas doubled into the right-field corner to bring Sansone around. Carlos Rivero then singled, moving Vargas to third. Next, Randy Ventura’s high chopper to third lingered in the air so long, the third baseman was left with no time to make a play, scoring Vargas and giving the Dragons a 2-0 lead.

Dragons tales: It’s been a historic season for the Dragons with the club earning its first postseason berth since 2011 and Jose Siri breaking the Midwest League record for consecutive games with a hit.

Left fielder Taylor Trammell recently joined the fun when he became the sixth player in Dragons history to hit 10 homers and steal 20 bases in a season. Siri accomplished the feat earlier this season, and Bolivar achieved the milestone as a player in 2004.

Trammell entered Thursday tied for second in the MWL in RBIs (66) and stolen bases (33), third in hits (124), fifth in total bases (196), and eighth is batting average (.285).

The first-round competitive balance pick of the Reds in 2016 is living up to his draft status.

Trammell’s always working on his game, because if you’ve got nothing to work on, you won’t get better, he said. Two skills he’s seen improve this season include his aggressiveness at the plate and his defense.

“I worked with the rovers that came here, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin and a few other guys and my hitting coach, Daryle Ward,” he said. “And also, being out in the outfield, learning reads off the bat from left field. That’s tough … just reads off the bat, because guys are hitting the ball harder this year, a little faster, you’ve got to prepare … and make the right jumps.”

On deck: Andrew Jordan (5-7, 4.60) starts for the Dragons in the first of a four-game series at Lake County. Zach Plesac (0-0, 1.13) takes the mound for the Captains.

HS Results for 8/17: Oakwood girls tennis tops Centerville

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 10:27 PM

In a close match, Oakwood’s girls tennis team edged out Centerville, three sets to two.

Oakwood swept the singles matchups, while Centerville took both doubles.

At 1st Singles, Lily McCloskey took home the win, defeating Ariel Aloppott 6-0, 6-3.

Natalie Connelly dominated at 2nd Singles, besting Anu Pddereddi 6-0, 6-0.

The 3rd Singles matchup became a little more competive as Agatha Shafer topped Grace Jiong in a tiebreaker round, going 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.

Milena Aloppott and Samira Dahliwal defeated Sophie Schnell and Sidney Purks 2-2 in a retired match to secure the 1st Doubles win for Centerville.

The 2nd Doubles team of MT Camp and Madeline Mills beat Katie Ritschel and Sophia Russell in another tiebreaker match – 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, to win another set for Centerville.

Oakwood will face Preble Shawnee at home on Friday, August 18th.

Boys Golf

Fairlawn 213, Botkins 219: Luke Hickman shot a 47 to lead Fairlawn while Nick Fischio had the overall low score of a 45 for Botkins.

Covington 194, Bethel 196: Andrew Slusher was the overall leading scorer, shooting a 37 for Covington. Teammate Grant Humphrey followed behind with a 44. Braden Rowley led Bethel with a 47, while teammates Austin Bird and Adam Donahue each chipped in a 48.

Fort Loramie 170, Anna 172: Mitchell Puthoff and Jared Middendorf both shot a 41 for Fort Loramie, while teammate Zach Pleiman followed close behind with a 42. Eli Kuck led Anna with a 41 and Cole Maurer chipped in a 42.

Greenon 187, Greeneview 205: Beau Blasé shot a 51 for Greenon in their win. Zack Knaur, Ian Anderson, Blake Weatherholt, Michael Mitchem and Dillon Schmitt each tacked on a 55. Mason Witt led Greeneview with a 48, while Matt Hovan chipped in a 55.

Coldwater 179, New Knoxville 198: Andrew Fisher led Coldwater, shooting a 43. Alex Wourms and Trey Wolters were close behind, chipping in a 44 and an 45 respectively. Nate Tinnerman led New Knoxville with a 48, while Ray Newton tacked on a 49 and Jack Bartholomew added on a 50.

Fairfield 160, Lebanon 173: Luke McFarland medaled for Fairfield, shooting 3-over par 39. Hamilton and Kellum each tacked on a 40 for Fairfield.

Madison Plains 180, Catholic Central 201: Bowshier led with a 39 for Madison Plains, while teammate Gammell followed closely behind with a 41. Hanna shot a 46 for Catholic Central, while Windle chipped in a 49.

Twin Valley South 188, National Trail 229: Nathan Osborn medaled for Twin valley South, shooting a 37 on the night. Chris Brubaker led National Trail with a 52, followed by Austin Knapp with a 57.

Xenia 184, Fairborn 213: Trey Boedicker led Fairborn with a 50, while Tanner Souders chipped in a 51. Adam Pelfrey and Giana Pico tacked on a 57 and a 55 respectively.

Fairbanks 162, Northeastern 186, West Liberty-Salem 193: Max Eggleston led West Liberty-Salem with a 44, while Tyler Gardner tacked on a 45.

Girls Tennis

Valley View 4, Middletown 1: Marissa Gilbert, Porscha Fleming (singles), Skylar Shane/Summer Staiger and Callista Kinney/Elaina Benton (doubles) all won their sets to win the match for Valley View. Arianna Layne had the lone win for Middletown.

SCORES LIST

PREP RESULTS

Girls Tennis

Thursday’s Results

Oakwood 3, Centerville 2

Valley View 4, Middletown 1

Boys Golf

Thursday’s Results

Coldwater 179, New Knoxville 198

Covington 194, Bethel 196

Fairbanks 162, Northeastern 186, West Liberty-Salem 193

Fairfield 160, Lebanon 173

Fairlawn 213, Botkins 219

Fort Loramie 170, Anna 172

Greenon 182, Greeneview 205

Troy 169, Greenville 200

Twin Valley South 188, National Trail 229

Xenia 184, Fairborn 213

Lincolnview Lancers Boys’ Golf Invitational

Team Results: 1. St. Henry +19, 2. Lincolnview +26, 3. Maumee Valley +31.

Girls Golf

Thursday’s Results

Alter 193, Carroll 216

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