Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 2:  Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park on June 2, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 2: Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park on June 2, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)(Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did

That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between. 

Yeah…. 

RELATED: Reds’ losing streak reaches nine games

Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one of his career

Arroyo has already allowed 23 home runs, halfway to his career high. Statistically he has been the worst starter in the major leagues this season, although before getting pounded by the pitiful Padres seven days ago he had put together three straight decent-to-good starts. 

Yesterday he allowed five runs in only three innings, and any thoughts that this might be one of those famous bad stretches Arroyo used to endure even in his heyday seemed to be erased by his postgame comments. 

WATCH: Bronson Arroyo talks about shoulder pain(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

RELATED: Arroyo’s career might be over after latest start

When a guy sounds like he doesn’t believe in his arm anymore, it’s tough to see it as anything other than over. 

Self confidence can be an athlete’s most important tool at times, especially one who has endured as many ups and downs as Arroyo has through the years. 

He almost always seemed to find a way to come out on top during his first eight years with the Reds, but time remains undefeated. 

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On the bright side, the bats might be waking up again. 

The pitching staff has put up some big clunkers in the last nine games, but there were a pair of games in San Diego in which they allowed four and three runs. 

Previously slumping Billy Hamilton was 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs scored and an RBI. 

He was 2 for 5 on Saturday and also scored a run in that game. 

And, yes, I’m going to keep pounding that drum about being in the race this year because it’s still June and also this: 

As far as I can tell, the NL Central is up for grabs until the Chicago Cubs wake up. They have a lot of talent already, and they have the assets to add other things they might need, so the odds they eventually run away from everyone else are in their favor. 

But you never know… 

Also it looks like there’s not much point in tanking the rest of the season because they might not be able to get much in a July selloff anyway. 

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the Reds will probably have a hard time flipping Zack Cozart for a premium prospect because no contenders need a shortstop. 

(They get draft compensation if he leaves as a free agent, but at this point re-signing him might make the most sense if he wants to stay and be a leader on a young and potentially up and coming team. Though they have been stockpiling shortstops it seems, and moving him could allow them to play Jose Perza and Scooter Gennett every day.) 

Olney also notes multiple deserving Reds are likely to be left of the NL All-Star roster because of the long standing every-team-must-be-represented/participation trophy rule requiring every team to be represented. 

Good times… 

In happier news, the Dayton Dragons will be playing in the postseason no matter how the second half goes. 

They clinched a playoff spot Friday night when South Bend lost

Inside the locker room on a big night for the Dragons in Ft. Wayne

Lots of fun times at Fifth Third Field so far this summer with hopefully more to come. 

Maybe even a Hunter Greene sighting? Time will tell. 

One guy who won’t be around any longer: T.J. Friedl. 

The all-star outfielder was promoted to advanced Single-A Daytona on Saturday… 

In non-baseball news, Ohio State hosted numerous big-time high school football players on campus over the weekend, including Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith. 

Is he the next Warrior to become a Buckeye? 

Sorta sounds like it: 

“You’ll have to find out when I commit, man,” Smith said told Land of 10. “I can’t even explain it. Anybody that hasn’t been here, if you come up here, you’ll understand why it’s the place to be. Go to a football game. Trust me. It’s the place to be.”

If he signs with Ohio State, Smith would be the seventh Wayne player to do so since 2000. 

John Hollins and Will Allen started the trend in 2000 with Marcus Freeman signing in ’04, Donnie Evege in ’07, Braxton Miller in ’11 and Robert Landers in ’15. 

Every Ohio State football roster since the turn of the century has included at least one Wayne grad. Impressive. 

Related: Kentucky claims another local recruit while Akron invading for basketball?

You can find more about what happened at the camp in Columbus via Land of 10, including how quarterback Emory Jones looked and what is next for the Buckeyes in terms of recruiting linebackers. 

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.
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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

REPORTING RESULTS

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