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Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
— Brandon Finnegan’s streak of inactivity ended, but the Cincinnati Reds run of inability continued Saturday afternoon before a drizzle-drenched crowd of 19,213 at Great American Ball Park.
Pitching for the first time since June 26 last year, Finnegan allowed five runs on six hits and four walks on his 25th birthday as the Reds dropped their seventh consecutive game by falling to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.
“It wasn’t real sharp. He had a hard time getting things going,” Reds manager Bryan Price said of Finnegan. ” I was hoping he would be a little more sharp and command the zone a little bit better and be able to pitch off his slide-step delivery. But he looked healthy and had three pitches up around the plate. I would anticipate things getting better each time.”
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Finnegan, who suffered injuries to both shoulders last season, walked the first two batters he faced and the final one, exiting after 4 1/3 innings.
St. Louis No. 8 hitter Greg Garcia hit his first two home runs of the season as part of a 3-for-4 afternoon that also included a double. Garcia launched a two-out solo shot in the second inning for a 2-0 lead and hit a two-out, two-run blast in the fourth that upped the advantage to 4-0.
“I thought I threw the ball pretty well besides the first two batters,” Finnegan said. “I definitely had a lot of jitters going. I thought I made a lot of good pitches, just two bad ones and they both got hit out. That’s the life of playing in Great American Ball Park. Sometimes when you make mistakes they’re going to capitalize on them, and he did on both of those.”
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After Tommy Pham led off the St. Louis fifth with a soft single, Jose Martinez added a run-scoring bloop double and Finnegan walked the next batter, Marcell Ozuna, prompting Reds manager Bryan Price to go to his bullpen.
“Everything that can go against right now is going against us,” Finnegan said. “It seems like everybody else is getting real lucky against us. All their weak hits are finding a hole and ours aren’t. Nobody really hit the ball hard except for those two home runs.”
Austin Brice gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings before Dylan Floro came on to make his Reds debut with a perfect seventh and eighth. Floro was the 17th pitcher the Reds have used this season.
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The Cincinnati offense continued its struggles, collecting just three hits against St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas, who is back in the majors after three seasons in Japan.
Mikolas (2-0) struck out four and walked two in seven innings, with Tucker Barnhart doing the only damage with his second home run of the season in the fifth. Scooter Gennett added a pair of singles off Mikolas to extend his GABP hitting streak to 15 games, which is tied for the fifth longest since the park opened in 2003.
Gennett delivered a third single leading off the ninth, but the Reds left the bases loaded as the Reds fell to to 2-12, their worst 14-game start to a season since 1931, when they finished 58-96.
“It’s a tough spot to be in,” Price said. “In the same respect, you have to deal with it. We’re all adults. We’re all getting paid to do a job and that job is to go out there and do the best of our ability and perform and stay together and show some spirit, some heart, some integrity in the way we go about our business.
“We will continue to push it and continue to strive to get better every day and put a better product on the field, a better performance,” he added. “All you can do is just go out there and grind it out every day and work toward turning it around.”
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:12 PM
DAYTON — Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith turned in his best performance so far Saturday in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev.
Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. His tie-breaking 3-pointer with 4:21 to play gave the Cavs the lead for good.
Smith made 6 of 12 field goals, 3 of 5 3-pointers and 2 of 2 free throws. He added three assists and a rebound in 18 minutes.
Cleveland is 4-1 in the Summer League. It will play Toronto or Charlotte in the semifinals on Sunday at at time to be announced. The championship game is Tuesday.
Smith had several highlight-reel plays featured by the Cavs on Twitter.
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:48 PM
DAYTON — Scoochie Smith’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League will continue for at least one more game.
Smith, the former Dayton Flyers point guard, had 10 points, two assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes Sunday as the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 82-68 in the quarterfinals of the Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Cavaliers will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN2.
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 7:04 PM
DAYTON — Dayton Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene topped 100 miles per hour on his first seven pitches in the Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
However, another Cincinnati Reds prospect, Taylor Trammell, overshadowed Greene by winning the Larry Doby Award, which goes to the game’s MVP. He’s the first Reds prospect to win the honor.
Greene and Trammell played for the United States team, which beat the World team 10-6.
Greene pitched 1 1/3 innings for the United States team, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and a strikeout. His fastest pitch reached 103.1 miles per hour.
White Sox prospect Luis Alexander Basabe, the first batter Greene faced, hit a home run.
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Greene is 3-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 16 starts for Dayton. He has 80 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.
Trammell, of the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, hit a home run in the sixth inning to give the USA a 6-5 led. He tripled and scored in the eighth inning.
Reds prospect Hunter Greene comes out 101, 102, 102, 102. And on that last 102, Luis Basabe took him deep to right field. The velocity is awfully impressive. Minor leaguers' ability almost across the board to hit it may be even more so.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 15, 2018
First ten pitches for Hunter Greene in the MLB Futures Game:— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) July 15, 2018
102 (home run)
85 mph (slider)
82 mph (slider)
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:26 PM
— Will Scooter Gennett still be a Cincinnati Red at the end of the month?
That is a question that has been asked for much of the season, and it might have a new answer — one a lot of fans will probably like.
"Just from the talks that I've had with the guys in control of all those things, I feel like they want me here. I feel like, just from what I've been told, they want me here for the long term," Gennett told MLB.com on Friday. "What I'm getting is [CEO Bob Castellini] wants me here for a while. When it comes to all of the trade stuff, it would be going against what I've been hearing.”
Gennett, a Lebanon native, is having his second straight great season with the Reds.
"If there is something out there that makes your club better going into the future and long haul, you have to explore every possibility. With that said, he's been one of the most productive players in the National League over the last year-and-a-half. We'd like him as part of this club. We think he's a valuable part of this club.”
On Sunday, national baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the Reds have had “minimal talks” about a contract extension.
#Reds have had minimal talks with 2B Scooter Gennett on a contract extension, sources tell The Athletic. Gennett, under club control through next season, has made it clear he wants to stay in Cincinnati. But nothing will stand in way of a trade if that is what Reds decide to do.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 15, 2018
As a native of Southwest Ohio, he has called getting to wear a Reds uniform a dream come true and said he would like to be in Cincinnati for a long time.
However, the general assumption has been he (and others) would likely be traded as the team continues to add assets to build for the future.
The team also will need to make room for top prospect Nick Senzel at some point, though not until next spring because he is out for the rest of the season after tearing a finger ligament.
Senzel can play multiple positions, and the possibility of moving Gennett to the outfield was floated earlier this season.