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Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
Well, at least the Reds’ control improved for a game.
After issuing 11 walks in Thursday’s 13-4 loss to St. Louis, Cincinnati pitchers combined to allow just two – both with two outs in the ninth inning – in Friday’s second game of the series.
Instead, the offense practically disappeared at the hands of Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina continued to torment the Reds with a home run and three runs batted in, helping extend Cincinnati’s losing streak to six games with a 5-3 win.
A crowd of 19,561 saw the Reds’ record slip to 2-11, equaling their worst two-win start since the 1931 team opened with two wins in its first 19 games. The last time Cincinnati was 2-11 was in 1955.
They are 1-5 at Great American Ball Park going into Saturday’s third game of the series and homestand. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list to make his first start of the season. Finnegan opened the season on the disabled list after straining his left biceps during spring training. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m., and rain is in the forecast.
Outfielder Jesse Winker was scratched from manager Bryan Price’s original starting lineup with right shoulder soreness. Phillip Ervin took Winker’s place in right field.
Rookie right-hander Tyler Mahle (1-2) allowed one run and four hits through five innings, but hidden damage from errors committed by third baseman Cliff Pennington on back-to-back plays in the fifth may have contributed to Mahle losing effectiveness in the sixth.
Molina gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with a second-inning, two-out, opposite-field homer into the right field seats on a 2-1 pitch, his second homer in two games and 14thof his 15-year career at Great American Ball Park. He has 51 runs batted in Cincinnati and 21 homers and 90 RBIs overall against the Reds.
The Reds overcame Pennington’s errors that loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth. Mahle got Kolten Wong to pop out to shortstop Jose Peraza in foul territory – Peraza calling Pennington off the ball – and Weaver to ground into a double play turned successfully by the Reds.
“It’s always nice to grind through an inning like that. We were all pretty pumped up.”
The errors not only meant Mahle needed extra pitches to get out of the fifth, but he was facing the top of the Cardinals’ lineup to start the sixth instead of the bottom. Fowler led off the sixth by getting ahead, 2-0, and launching his second homer of the season into the right field seats. That was the first of four straight Cardinal hits, a groundout, and Molina’s two-run single to left through a drawn-in infield with first base open that knocked Mahle out of the game, trailing, 5-0.
“They have a pretty solid lineup,” Price said. “There’s not a whole lot of places to go. If you pitch around Molina, they’ve got DeJong behind him.”
DeJong went into the game hitting .286.
“They hit some good pitches that hurt, and I made some bad pitches,” Mahle said. “It was a little bit of both. It all just kind of blew up.”
“They have a veteran team,” catcher Devin Mesoraco said. “The third time through, they made some adjustments and got the barrel of the bat to it.”
Mesoraco beat out a grounder up the middle for a fifth-inning leadoff infield hit to break up Weaver’s no-hitter. The play survived a 2 minute, 55-second video review and snapped at 11 Weaver’s streak of consecutive retired hitters.
Mesoraco broke up the shutout in the seventh, following Scooter Gennett’s leadoff single with a two-run homer that barely reached the first row of seats in left field. Mesoraco’s first homer of the season.
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.