Dragons fall to Fort Wayne in first-half finale

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 6:28 PM

            Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson slides home to score in the fifth inning. The Dragons hosted the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in a Midwest League Class A minor-league baseball game at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson slides home to score in the fifth inning. The Dragons hosted the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in a Midwest League Class A minor-league baseball game at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Fort Wayne hit four home runs Sunday to hand the Dayton Dragons a 9-3 loss in the final game of the first half of the Midwest League split-season format.

The Dragons finished 41-29, earning the wildcard berth in the Eastern Division playoff race with a runner-up finish. West Michigan won the division. The 41 wins were the second-highest first-half total in franchise history.

Tyler Stephenson had a pair of hits and drove in all three Dayton runs. Michael Beltre added two hits.

Ty Boyles (2-2) allowed two hits and five runs in two innings. Boyles gave up two homers in the first and another in the second.

The Midwest League All-Star Game in Tuesday night in Midland, Mich. Six Dragons players — Stephenson, Beltre, Scott Moss, Tony Santillan, Wennington Romero and Aaron Fossas — will play in the game.

After the three-day all-star break, the Dragons will open the second half on Thursday at home against Lake County.

Cubs beat up Reds bullpen in 13-9 win

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 11:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:04 AM

            CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 22: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds slides safely into second base for a stolen base ahead of the tag by Javier Baez #9 the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on August 22, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 22: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds slides safely into second base for a stolen base ahead of the tag by Javier Baez #9 the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on August 22, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez each hit their 22nd home run of the season, three Reds pitchers singled, the Reds outfield logged two more assists, but almost all of that was before the Chicago Cubs got warmed up.

The defending World Series champions broke out for 10 nearly unanswered runs over the last four innings, all off the Cincinnati bullpen after Homer Bailey left early with a right shoulder issue in a 13-9 Chicago win on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

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Javier Baez drove in the two tying runs with a broken-bat single and Ben Zobrist followed with a pinch-hit double over center fielder Billy Hamilton’s head, capping a four-run seventh-inning rally that lifted the Cubs to an 8-6 lead.

“That was a tough one,” Reds manager Bryan Price said of the turnaround seventh. “Two outs, one runner on, and they’re able to string together four hits. They did a good job with two-strike pitches. Things unraveled from there.”

Cubs manager Joe Maddon scratched Zobrist from his original starting lineup after Zobrist had problems getting to Cincinnati from his home in Nashville, where he’d gone to watch Monday’s eclipse.

Every spot in the Cubs’ batting order produced at least one hit and all but two drove in at least one run, and Chicago capitalized on nine walks issued by Reds pitchers – eight by the relievers.

Almost as if he was rubbing the Reds faces in it a little bit, Maddon’s ninth-inning defense adjustments included moving the left-handed-throwing Rizzo to third base – his first career appearance that position.

Jesse Winker came off the bench in the ninth to hit his fourth homer and first career pinch-hit homer and first at home and Suarez followed a Gennett walk with his second homer of the game and 23rd of the season, giving him a career-high five RBIs.

The Cubs clawed back from two three-run deficits, the first tying the game at three in the fifth. Suarez responded with a three-run blast into the left field seats in what turned out to be a last gasp as Chicago’s bullpen shut Cincinnati down.

Price lifted Bailey after three innings when the right-hander reported “irritation” in the back of his shoulder. Bailey, who was making just his 20th start over an injury-plagued last three seasons, got a visit at the mound from Price and trainer Steve Baumann after walking pitcher John Lackey with one out in the third inning. He finished the inning but didn’t return for the fourth, having thrown 47 pitches.

“My foot gave way on the mound and I felt a tweak,” Bailey said. “I was a little concerned, but I threw a few pitches and I felt fine. We just did a precautionary thing. I’ll know more tomorrow.”

Bailey was confident that he wouldn’t miss any time.

“I feel extremely confident that I’ll make my next start,” he said. “I probably could’ve continued tonight, but we thought it was better to get out and make sure I can keep going (for the rest of the season). I want to finish this thing up right.”

Before he left, he contributed the first of three hits by three different Reds pitchers. Michael Lorenzen. The last time three different Reds pitchers had at least one hit in a game was on May 19, 1999, in a 24-12 win at Colorado.

Before the first game of a 10-day, nine-game home stand, the Reds honored with a moment of silence long-time scout and front-office executive Gene Bennett, who died at the age of 89 last Wednesday.

The Reds quickly jumped on Lackey to take a 1-0 lead. Billy Hamilton singled softly over the glove of leaping second baseman Ian Happ on Lackey’s first pitch, stole second on his second pitch, went to third on Zack Cozart’s fly out to right field and scored on a wild pitch that didn’t roll more than 10 feet up the first base lane.

Cozart had missed the last two games after being hit by a pitch in the left leg on Friday.

Hamilton then saved at least two runs over the next two innings with diving catches of two sinking line drives.

Adam Duvall followed up by throwing out Happ trying to score the potential go-ahead run, cutting short the Cubs’ three-run fifth with his 12th assist of the season. The outfield assist was Cincinnati’s National League-leading 32nd of the season. The Reds went into the game trailing the Chicago White Sox by one for the major league lead and Duvall was tied with Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson for the individual major league lead.

Scott Schebler doubled Rizzo off first base to end the ninth.

HS Results 8/22: Carroll boys soccer tops Tecumseh

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

In their first match of the season, the Carroll boys soccer team emerged victorious, besting Tecumseh 4-1.

Mitchell Solle kicked off the scoring for Carroll, netting back-to-back goals for the Patriots.

The first was unassisted and the second came off an assist from Chris Moon.

Alex Arevalos attempted to rally back for Tecumseh, netting the third goal of the game and cutting Carroll’s lead in half, but the effort wasn’t enough.

Carroll’s Sean Dosedel would tally off of an assist from Connor Osterholt and Jace Greer rounded out the scoring with the fourth and final goal for Carroll.

The win moves Carroll to 1-0-0 on the season and drops Tecumseh to 0-1-0.

Boys Soccer

Northeastern 5, Emmanuel Christian 1: Skylar Davis netted a hat trick for Northeastern, while teammate Landon Birmele chipped in two goals. Sam Franzen, Noah Fenton and Landon Birmele had the assists. Daniel Wenger scored the lone goal for Emmanuel Christian, assisted by Thomas Mullins.

Temple Christian 4, Cory Rawson 0: Cameron Worshman, Seth Ward, Isaac Lee and Brody Bowman each scored for Temple Christian. Ethan DeLeon, Seth Ward and Jacob Holloway tallied the assists.

Lehman Catholic 7, Fairlawn 0: Senior Jake Emrick netted all seven goals for Lehman Catholic, breaking the school’s single-game record in the process. Michael Denning tallied three assists, Ethan Potts chipped in two and Conor O’ Leary and Ryan Goettemoeller chipped in one a piece. Ryan Goettemoeller and Mikkel Alvavrez combined in goal for the shutout.

Milton Union 5, Newton 1: Dilhoff scored two goals for Milton Union in their win over Newton. Daum, Ezerski and Besecker each chipped in an additional goal. Koble netted the lone goal for Newton. West Liberty-Salem 3, Urbana 1: Ian Wolfe led West Liberty-Salem with two goals and teammate Neil Markin tacked on one. Elias Kirker-Napiorkowski had seven saves to record the win.

Beavercreek 6, Lebanon 2: R. Bernt, V. Ernst, E. Williams, K. Davis, H. Jackson and J. Tower each tallied a goal for Beavercreek. J. Westerkamp, J. Fleck, J. Ackserson and K. Davis added on the assists.

Girls Soccer

Miamisburg 9, West Carrollton 0: Brianna Schaaf had 31 saves in the West Carrollton loss.

Bellefontaine 5, Piqua 2: Caitlyn Shumaker netted all five goals for Bellefontaine in their victory.

Springfield 2, Stebbins 1: Annmeri Turner scored the first goal for Springfield, while Lily Foley netted her first varsity goal to win the game for Springfield. Natalie Shaffer recorded her first career win with 12 saves. Kate Johnson had the lone goal for Stebbins.

Northeastern 7, Emmanuel Christian 2: Senior Maggie Nesselroade chipped in the two goals for Emmanuel Christian in their loss.

Coldwater 5, Delphos St. Johns 0: Maura Hoying chipped in a hat trick for Coldwater in their shutout victory. Janelle Halterman also scored for Coldwater. Grace Bruns recorded the shutout win with five saves.

Anna 7, Spencerville 0: Savannah Hostetler earned the shutout victory with two saves. Kelsie McKinney netted two goals for Anna, while Emily Albers, Rylie Edwards, Abby Gaydosh, Taylor Noll and Adrienne Endlsey each tacked on one.

Mechanicsburg 5, Marion Harding 1: Tori Jacobs and Maggie Blanton tallied two goals each for Mechanicsburg in their win. Kasey Schipfer chipped in the additional fifth goal. Morgan Hamby had three saves and recorded the win.

Milton Union 4, Brookville 0: Kristen Dickison recorded two goals and an assist in the shutout victory. Morgan Nemeth and Karissa Baird chipped in a goal apiece.

Carlisle 5, National Trail 0: Kayla Shackelford and Christa Harris each netted two goals. Shackelford also tallied two assists, while Harris added on one. Skyler Kidwell rounded out the scoring with one goal.

Girls Tennis

Sidney 5, Xenia 0: Hailey New, Naomi Riegel, Madison Frank (singles),

Caroline Gallimore/Auanna Edens and Mara Hecht/Sara Gibson all won their sets to sweep the match for Sidney.

Tecumseh 3, Bellefontaine 2: Ashley Fite had the lone singles win for Tecumseh, while the doubles teams of Beel/Bush and Maxwell/Stacy swept the doubles sets to win the match for Tecumseh. Lindsay Stevenson and Sierra Bensman each won their singles sets for Bellefontaine.

Troy 5, Fairborn 0: Katie Sherrick, Emma Kazmaier, McKenzie Nosker (singles), Jackie Fuller/Hailey Taylor and Cady Rhea/Kit Wolke (doubles) all won their sets to sweep Fairborn.

Oakwood 5, Monroe 0: Lily McCloskey, Natalie Connelly, Agatha Shafer (singles), Katie Ritschell/Sophia Russell and Sidney Purks/Beth Lloyd (doubles) all won their sets to sweep Monroe.

Badin 4, Madeira 1: J. Link, J. Miller (singles), M. Sabourin/M. Richards and A. Suttner/C. Fields (doubles) all won their sets to defeat Madeira. M. Wu had the lone singles win for Madeira.

Badin 5, Taylor 0: G. Barrington, J. Link, J. Miller (singles), M. Sabourin/M. Richards and C. Fields/A. Suttner (doubles) all won their sets to sweep Taylor.

Boys Golf

Brookville 167, Bellbrook 193: Parker Holt medaled for Brookville with a 39 on the night. Kyle Neff was right behind with a 40 and Ben Smith followed up with a 43. Zach Crampton led Bellbrook with a 45.

West Liberty-Salem 165, Triad 203: Tyler Gardner led with a 39, medaling overall. Patrick Herr and Max Eggleston followed closely with a 40 and 41 respectively. Creighton Bradley led Triad with a 46.

Troy 160, Sidney 185: Holden Scribner, Nate Uhlenbrock and Jared Lindsey were co-medalists, each scoring a 37.

Fairfield 167, Cincinnati Christian 208: Mason Hamilton was the medalist for Fairfield, scoring an even par 36 on the red course at Hamilton Elks.

Covington 195, National Trail 233: Chris Brubaker led the scoring for National Trail, chipping in a 48. Austin Knapp shot a season low 55 for National Trail in their loss. Andrew Slusher medaled for Covington with a 39.

Harrison 169, Talawanda 179: Sam Bischel medaled for Harrison with a two-over par 38. Tyler Begley (T) and Will Nieman (H) rounded on the scoring with a 43 each.

Middletown Christian 180, Dixie 225: Josh Swartz medaled on the night with a 41. Jackson Ottke followed with a 43. Sam Kobert and Carter Stout each had a 46 for Middletown Christian and Dixie respectively.

Greeneview 184, Southeastern 186, Legacy Christian 213: Avery Green was the medalist on the night with a 35 for Southeastern. Mason Witt shot a 38 for Greeneview while Eli Beekman tacked on a 46.

Girls Golf

Spg. Shawnee 211, Graham 254: Elly Deerwester was the low scorer on the night with a 47.

Valley View 198, Waynesville 222: Heidi Brown medaled for Valley View, leading with a 44.

Bellefontaine 198, Miami East 223: Paige Lawson led Miami East with a 47 on the night. Emily Rowley followed with a 58 and Annaliese Logan and Maci Krites each tacked on a 59.

Girls Volleyball

Centerville 3, Fenwick 2: Dani Sargent led with 11 kills for Centerville, while teammate MacKenzie Connor tacked on 14 digs.

Carroll 3, West Carrollton 0: Carroll bested West Carrollton in three sets, 27-25, 25-18 and 25-16. Olivia Wright led Carroll with 23 assists, while Mary Kate Fleisher tacked on 14 kills.

Union City 3, Ansonia 2: Union City took the first set 25-22, but Ansonia rallied back, taking the next two 25-17 and 25-19. Unfortunately, Ansonia couldn’t hold on and Union City won the last two sets 25-21 and 17-15 to win the match.

Cedarville 3, Greeneview 1: Cedarville took the match in four sets. Sara Beste led with 26 kills, two assists, one ace and seven defensive digs. Eva Sheridan tacked on 17 defensive digs and Abigail Sheridan added on 10 kills and eight aces. Kalley Shulz rounded out the scoring with 34 assists, two kills and seven defensive digs.

Coldwater 3, Lima Shawnee 0: Tasha Kahlig led with 10 kills and two aces. Lauren Gilliland tacked on nine kills and five blocks, while Oliva Harlamert added on eight kills and eight digs. Elena Knapke had 38 assists.

Bellbrook 3, Tecumseh 1: Neal led with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Merkle tacked on 10 kills. Rogers added on an additional 22 digs.

Catholic Central 3, Southeastern 0: Lohnes led with 12 kills and four digs, while DeWitt tallied four aces, 24 assists, three kills and nine digs. O’Connor rounded out the scoring with seven digs and eight kills.

Alter 3, Lakota East 0: Cunningham led Alter with 11 blocks, while Binzer tacked on nine digs, three aces and 25 assists.

Fairborn 3, Trotwood 0: Kayleigh Finlayson led the team offensively with seven kills, 10 digs and an ace. Eryn Thomas tacked on five kills. Hani Sampson also tallied five kills, but added on 11 digs and two aces.

West Liberty-Salem 3, Triad 0: Kaylee Harrison led with 11 kills, 18 digs and one block, going 13-for-14 on serves. Tory Cordell was close behind with nine kills, 10 digs, three aces and one block, while also going 13-for-14 on serves. Sydnee Payer tacked on six kills and six digs.

Centerville 3, Wayne 0: Centerville swept the sets 25-8, 25-16 and 28-26. Scottee Johnson led with eight kills.

Eaton 3, Dixie 1: Eaton dropped the first set 24-26, but game back to win the next three 25-15, 25-14 and 25-14.

Tippecanoe 3, Sidney 0: Aselage led with 12 kills. Stewart tacked on eight kills and four blocks. Crow netted 26 assists.



Boys Soccer

Tuesday’s Results

Beavercreek 6, Lebanon 2

Carroll 5, Tecumseh 1

Centerville 2, Miamisburg 0

Lehman Catholic 7, Fairlawn 0

Milford 2, Ross 0

Milton Union 5, Newton 1

Northeastern 5, Emmanuel Christian 1

Northmont 3, Fairmont 3

Oak Hills 2, Talawanda 1

Stebbins 3, Greenville 0

Temple Christian 4, Cory Rawson 0

Tippecanoe 4, Xenia 1

West Liberty-Salem 3, Urbana 1

Girls Soccer

Tuesday’s Results

Anna 7, Spencerville 0

Bellefontaine 5, Piqua 2

Carlisle 5, National Trail 0

Coldwater 5, Delphos St. Johns 0

Jonathan Alder 11, Westland 0

Loveland 2, Lakota West 1

Mechanicsburg 5, Marion Harding 1

Miamisburg 9, West Carrollton 0

Middletown 5, Northwest 5

Milton Union 4, Brookville 0

Northeastern 7, Emmanuel Christian 2

Oakwood 2, Waynesville 2

Springfield 2, Stebbins 1

Tecumseh 1, Fairborn 0

Girls Tennis

Tuesday’s Results

Badin 4, Madeira 1

Badin 5, Taylor 0

Carlisle 3, Waynesville 2

Eaton 5, Franklin 0

Fairmont 5, Northmont 0

Milton Union 5, Northridge 0

Oakwood 5, Monroe 0

Piqua 4, West Carrollton 1

Sidney 5, Xenia 0

Tecumseh 3, Bellefontaine 2

Troy 5, Fairborn 0

Vandalia 5, Stebbins 0

Boys Golf

Tuesday’s Results

Brookville 167, Bellbrook 193

Centerville 216, Troy 220

Covington 195, National Trail 223

Elder 142, Lakota West 168, Oak Hills 173, Colerain 203

Fairfield 167, Cin. Christian 208

Greeneview 184, Southeastern 186, Legacy Christian 213

Harrison 169, Talawanda 179

Little Miami 161, Ross 191

Middletown Christian 180, Dixie 225

Troy 160, Sidney 185

Twin Valley South 181, Arcanum 190

West Liberty-Salem 165, Triad 203

Girls Golf

Tuesday’s Results

Bellefontaine 198, Miami East 223

Lakota East 162, Milford 207

Spg. Shawnee 211, Graham 254

Valley View 198, Waynesville 222

Girls Volleyball

Tuesday’s Results

Alter 3, Lakota East 0

Beavercreek 3, Fairmont 0

Bellbrook 3, Tecumseh 1

Carroll 3, West Carrollton 0

Catholic Central 3, Southeastern 0

Cedarville 3, Greeneview 1

Centerville 3, Fenwick 2

Centerville 3, Wayne 0

Coldwater 3, Lima Shawnee 0

Eaton 3, Dixie 1

Fairborn 3, Trotwood 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Columbus West 0

Little Miami 3, Western Brown 0

Loveland 4, McNicholas 1

Mason 5, Oak Hills 0

Oakwood 3, Waynesville 0

Purcell Marian 3, Colerain 0

Ross 3, Taylor 0

Springboro 3, Talawanda 0

Tippecanoe 3, Sidney 0

Troy 3, Greenville 0

Union City 3, Ansonia 2

West Liberty-Salem 3, Triad 0


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Trammell drives in five as Dragons throttle Hot Rods

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

            Dragons baserunner Randy Ventura tries to avoid the tag Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 12-0. BRANDY GUINAUGH / CONTRIBUTED
Dragons baserunner Randy Ventura tries to avoid the tag Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 12-0. BRANDY GUINAUGH / CONTRIBUTED

Blink and you just may miss Taylor Trammell, because if he makes contact, the 2016 first-round pick may not stop until he gets back home.

Trammell, who hit an inside-the-park homer Aug. 15, thrilled the announced crowd of 7,440 at Fifth Third Field with another race around the bases during the Dragons’ 12-0 win Tuesday night.

With Dayton leading 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth and runners on first and third with no outs, Trammell roped a screamer into the left-center field gap.

“The center fielder is one of my good friends, Josh Lowe, and I saw he was playing in. Every ball I hit in the outfield is a triple, until they hold me to a double, Trammell said. “So I just tried to get around the bases as fast as possible … and make something happen for the team.”

Thanks to an errant throw that bounced off the screen in front of the Dragons’ dugout, Trammell turned his triple into a run, beating a close throw with a head-first slide to put Dayton up 7-0.

“I just trusted my instincts when the ball went by,” Trammell said.

Trammell wasn’t done.

In the next inning, the 20-year-old hit his 12th homer, a 388-foot shot into right-center field, putting the Dragons up by 11 and giving him five RBIs.

Game changer: Eight Dragons collected hits. Five had multiple knocks. Dayton didn’t let Hot Rods starter Kenny Rosenberg get comfortable, scoring three runs in the second, using back-to-back doubles from Malik Collymore and Cassidy Brown to jump ahead.

Taylor Sparks’ third homer of the year came in the form of a 416-foot blast to center field.

Jose Siri was 1-for-3 with an RBI. He scored two runs, adding to his MWL-leading total (85).

Alex Webb threw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing one hit, while striking out three.

Dragons tales: This season marks the most innings starter Tony Santillan’s (7-7, 3.41 ERA) has logged in professional ball by a mile. Last season, the 20-year-old threw 69.1 innings covering 15 starts between rookie ball and Dayton. He currently sits at 118.2 innings with two weeks to go in the regular season, where he could potentially make two more starts.

Santillan was stellar on a pitch count, throwing five innings of one-hit ball while striking out four. His restricted workload didn’t play a factor.

“I’m just going to stay out there as long as I possibly can, and keep the same mindset and attack hitters,” Santillan said.

With a probable postseason start also looming, the Dragons want to ensure the right-hander is ready for September.

“We need to take care of him and keep him fresh, and make him finish strong during the season, that’s why there was the pitch count for today,” manager Luis Bolivar said.

On deck: Chris Pike (4-4, 4.11 ERA) starts against Dayton’s Andrew Jordan (5-8, 4.90) tonight at Fifth Third Field. First pitch is 7.

Who believed in Gennett? He did

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:38 PM

CINCINNATI — As Scooter Gennett pulled on his baseball socks Tuesday afternoon, he glanced at locker neighbor Joey Votto and said, “It’s my dog’s birthday today and I told him I’d hit a home run for him.”

It isn’t quite like Babe Ruth telling the kid in the hospital he would hit a home run for him, but it is typical Scooter Gennett.

He will use anything for motivation, including his Golden Doodle, Leo, “Who is two-years-old and looks like a lion.”

THE BASEBALL WORLD SEEMS astounded that the diminutive Gennett has 21 home runs, four in one game, and three grand slams. And until the All-Star break he didn’t populate the regular lineup for the Cincinnati Reds.

“What Gennett is doing is unusual and it is sensational,” said manager Bryan Price. “He had enough of a history to create an expectation. But he came to us at 26, so he was at the point where you can’t expect him to improve on what he’s done the first three years of his career.

“But what he has done for us is extraorinary an certainly unpredicatable,” said Price with a long pause. And then he added, “It is now turning into the norm.”

AND THAT’S SOMETHING extra that Gennett carries. He isn’t shocked. He isn’t even surprised. There may not be much of him, but there is a lot in him.

“Sometimes the stars don’t line up for you,” he said. “You get hurt, or somebody comes in on a trade and you have to take a back seat. But I knew if I kept working hard and getting better each year that ultimately I wouild be in the position I am in now.”

For the Reds, who picked him up on waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers late this spring, Gennett has gone from fill-in bench player to indispensable. And the Brewers, who led the NL Central for much of the season, are struggling and one reason is that they are missing a second baseman.

“When you work hard, when you believe something good will happen, when you are willing to put in the work that is necessary, it has to come back to you. The world has to give it back to you.”

IN ADDITION TO HIS SIZE Gennett has had other hurdles to leap and he has done it like Edwin Moses.

“I started my career in Milwaukee in a platoon situation and had to battle out of that,” he said. His battle was with Reds-killer Rickey Weeks, but Gennett eventually survived.

“Then I had a tough season last year with my oblique and the Brewers decided they could do without me and I got a fresh opportunity with the Reds,” he said. “I’ve put myself into position with the Reds where they had to put me in there.

“So all that hard work, all the time I spent getting better every day is now paying off.”

YOU-CAN’T-DO-THIS IS something Gennett heard his entire baseball life, even before high school.

“Oh, yeah,” he said. “When I was growing up I always heard, ‘You’re too small, you better think about doing someething else.’ But those things just fueled me to work that much harder and prove people wrong. I was hitting home runs with a wood bat in high school, so I knew I had the power to hit home runs. It was a matter of letting it happen naturally.”

While other people shake their heads and ask how Gennett can hit homers and drive in run the way he is, he shrugs and says, “I always thought I could do this. But when you are not in there every day and you are battling for a spot, it adds more pressure.

“Sometimes things don’t work out when you are trying too hard to prove what you can do instead of going out there and playing and let things happen naturally,” he added.

The chance finally arose with the Reds and Gennett grasped it like a rope dangling from a cliff.

AS EXPECTED, PITCHER Scott Feldman joined the legion of Reds pitchers on the disablke list, actually rejoining it. He was on the DL with a sore knee and came off and tried to pitch.

It didn’t work and he is back on the DL, his season over. He underwent arthrosopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.

The Reds picked him up last winter to give the projected young pitching staff some stability. He pitched this season on a one-year $2.3 million contract.

PRFICE WOULD LOVE to have a healthy Feldman return for 2018.

“There would have to be some reliability with his health,” said Price. “He is a tremndous competitor. He stayed on the fiield longer than he should have because he wanted to compete. He is good with the young guys and he sets a good precedence with how hard he works and with his professionalism.

“The results were good when he was healthy, so I’m pulling for him to be OK so he can be an option for us next year,” said Price.


Guess who said this after the Reds had a Monday off and returned to action Tuesday night?

“Days off mess up my life. It screws up my rhythm.”

Yes, none other than Joey Votto, who not only hates days the Reds don’t play, he hates to take a game off — and seldom does.