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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Number Seven Xavier Wins Seventh Straight To Start The Season

Seven is the lucky number tonight as AP # 7 Xavier won its 7th game without a defeat in an 85-55 romp over the Bison of North Dakota State.

Trevon Bluiett led four other Musketeer players who scored in double figures with 23 points.

Sean O'Mara scored 12. J.P. Macura added 11 and Malcolm Bernard chipped in 10.  Bernard also controlled the boards with a game-high eight rebounds.

Xavier (7-0) scored the first seven points and never looked back. The Musketeers stretched the halftime lead to 21.

The Bison competed to the best of their ability with red-shirt freshman Deng Geu scoring 18 points for NDSU (5-3).

"Deng has oodles and oodles of potential," Bison coach David  Richman said.  'He's struggled with his confidence. It was good to see him hit his first three. It gave him confidence."

Carlin Dupree had nine points for NDSU and four players had four rebounds but a taller, more physical Xavier team out rebounded the Bison 43-27.

"I think in the first half we played up to our standards," Bluiett said. "In the second half I think we took a step backward as far as the effort on the defensive end."

The statistics bear that out NDSU scored 33 points in the second half after putting up 22 in the first.


Xavier will fly to Waco, Texas to play Baylor on Saturday.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bearcats Struggle Against Tigers - Lose Fourth Straight

Jason Stewart prepares every week like he’s the starter but usually watches Riley Ferguson lead the Memphis Tigers.  This time an undisclosed injury to the starter put Stewart in the spotlight

Stewart threw two touchdown passes and Doroland Dorceus ran for two more scores to lead Memphis to a 34-7 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night.

Memphis (7-4, 4-3 American) has beaten Cincinnati in three straight games.

Stewart, who transferred from Fort Scott Community College, tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Joey Magnifico, and a 22-yard scoring strike to Anthony Miller. Stewart had 138 yards passing after replacing Ferguson after the Tigers' first possession.

"Stewart took care of the football. He managed the game. He really did a great job. He prepares like he's the starter all the time,"  Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "We wanted to make sure we took care of Riley. It was mostly precaution. I won't go into it in detail but I think it'll be fine. It's tough when a guy has to come in seven or eight minutes into a game."

Stewart appeared in three games this season, completing seven of 12 passes for 63 yards.

 "The team believed in me,” Stewart said.. “The coaches believed in me. I was a little nervous at first but once I got into the flow of the game I was fine. I didn't get a chance to play a lot by I love Riley. I've always supported him. I feel like I've been blessed and wouldn't trade a day. I feel blessed from the way I got here. I didn't have any offers out of high school and went the junior college route.”

His teammates knew they could count  on him.

“I'm proud of Stewart too. Stew prepares every week like he's the starter," Dorceus said.” We went to work.”

Dorceus ran for two scores inside the 8-yard line and finished with 66 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Hayden Moore threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Devin Gray early in the fourth quarter for Cincinnati (4-7, 1-6), which gained just 99 yards in the first half and finished with 244 yards of offense. Moore was 23 of 34 for 144 yards and threw two interceptions.

Curtis Akins and Chris Morely intercepted Moore’s passes in back-to-back possessions as Memphis bolted to a 27-0  halftime lead.

“It was the same old song,” Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said.  “I didn’t think we’d turn the ball over like we did early.  But again you’ve  still got to make first downs.  We still have to cross the goal line.  We left the defense out there way too long. It was downhill from there.”

Jake Elliot, Memphis’ leading scorer, kicked field goals of 37 and 32 yards

Memphis is bowl eligible for the third year in a row.  Cincinnati will not get the requisite six wins with one game to play.  Memphis improves to 21-13 all time.

Memphis –  Elliot broke the Memphis scoring record held by Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots.  Elliot has never missed an extra-point making all 192 attempts including four against Cincinnati…The Tigers entered the game tied for third in the nation with 23 forced turnovers.  They added two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Cincinnati-  Three Cincinnati quarterbacks have started at least two games.  Hayden Moore started his sixth against Memphis.  Gunner Kiel started three and Ross Trail two.  The QB’s have combined for 15 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. Moore (8 TD-7 Int) Kiel (6TD-@Int) Triail (1TD-6Int).

UP Next
Memphis – The Tigers will host Houston at 2:30 p.m. on Friday November 25.

Cincinnati – The Bearcats, will need a win at Tulsa next Friday, November 25, to be bowl eligible.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Xavier Plays Matador And Side Steps The Buffalo Bulls

Like the aggressive male bovine the Buffalo Bulls lived up to their name, allowing Xavier to withdraw its red cape, like a matador win going away.

J.P. Macura scored 18 points to lead the Xavier Musketeers to an 86-53 win over last the Buffalo Bulls, the two-time defending champion of the Mid-American Conference.

Macura has a careeer field goal percentage of .444 but  shot just 4-for-11 from the field with no 5-point shots.

Buffalo was called for 38 fouls.  Macura was the beneficiary and made all 10 of his free throws.

Xavier had 21 fouls called against them but Buffalo made just 13 0f 21 from the foul line while Xavier was 28-for-38.  The Division I record for fouls in a game is 50 by Arizona vs Northern Arizona on Jan. 26, 1953. Yes, 1953. 84 fouls in that game combined, also a record.

"There were a lot of fouls," Xavier coach Chris Mack said. "We were able to use Buffalo's aggressiveness to our advantage.  For the most part we were able to keep them off the foul line."

Xavier put four players in double figures with Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett scoring 13 apiece.  Freshmand Quentin Goodin added 11 points. Freshman Tyrique Jones had a game-high 11 rebounds.

"I thought Tyrique (Jones) and Quentin (Goodin), our freshmen had their best games," Mack said.. "They grew a lot since Friday night. They had to learn the speed of the game and they're getting there. Tyrique is a freshman but has a college body."

Nick Perkins had 15 points to lead the Bulls.  Bufallo's leading scorer from last year fouled out with eight points.  Quate McKinzie fouled out with three points.  Buffalo finished the game with four other players with  four fouls including Perknis.

“They moved the ball we didn’t. We need to learn to play defense without fouling," Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. "“The fouls were 38-21 and we had what two guys foul out.Our guys said they got screwed but those officials worked the tournament.They didn’t cost us 30 fouls.”

“We wanted to play a top 10 team to see where we were.We’re not where we need to be, playing as selfish as we played," Oats said.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

BYU Shuts Down Gunner Kiel And The Bearcats

The Brigham Young University Cougars devoured the young Cincinnati Bearcats like they were middle aged divorcees after a Chippendale Show in a 20-3 win..

Cincinnati put together a seven-play, 59-yard drive after taking the opening kickoff at its own 35.  The drive stalled at the six when Kiel checked down to Tion Green for a four-yard gain that was short of the first down. Josh Pasley kicked a 23-yard field goal.

The Cougars (5-4) came back to tie the game with a field goal of its own, a 28-yarder by Rhett Almond, but broke the game open with a trick flea flicker play that had BYU quarterback Tayshom Hill connecting with Jona Trinnaman on a 43-yard pass to the Cincinnati 11.  Hill waltzed in from the eight two plays later.

They left 44 seconds for Kiel and the Bearcat offense.

The Cougars took the second half kick and marched.70 yards in 12 plays.

The Bearcats tried to rally, moving the ball from their own 16 during a 15-play drive that reached the BYU 11 but Tion Green lost four yards on a run.  On the next play, Columbus, Ohio native Logan Taele sacked Kiele for a seven-yard loss.  When Josh Pasley missed a 39-yard field goal attempt, the drive turned into tragedy as the Bearcats used 6:43 of the clock without scoring a point.

Brigham Young ran the ball for 207 yards on 47 attempts to control the clock and completing the scoring with a 19-yard field goal by Almond.

"People say a 20-3 game isn't exciting but that's my kind of excitement," BYU head coach Kilani Sitake said.
"The defense played really well after that first drive. They made some good throws but we had a chance to regroup and get back to assignment football. The offense started out slow but once our offense was able to sustain drives, it gave us time to make adjustments on defense. It works hand-in-hand."

UC finished with 295 total yards, 96 rushing and 199 passing.  Kiel completed 19 of 32 passes and one interception.

Not a good performance again today, especially on the offensive side of the ball," UC head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "The defense played well. We made one mistake on their trick play before the half. That should have never happened."

Kiel started the season third on the Bearcat depth chart at quarterback behind Hayden Moore and Ross Trail but took over on October 22 against East Carolina, leading Cincinnati to its last win. The 4-5 Bearcats have now lost two straight games.

"Gunner didn’t have a great game, not throwing a touchdown pass. Just not very good (overall) to be honest with you. No consistency of any length of a drive to get a touchdown," Tuberville said..

"Everybody’s talking about getting to a bowl game. I just want to get a touchdown. We are struggling big time. We’ve got no consistency on offense to help our defense. We’ve got three games to see if we can help them. We have not seen a whole lot of improvement on offense the last three games. We’ve tried it all. We’ve tried every quarterback. We’ve tried every running back"


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Josh Tomlin Explains Cleveland Indians World Series Mindset

Team attitude in March foreshadows the Cleveland Indians mindset that propelled them into the 2016 World Series.


Tomlin was asked his preference for starting or working out of the bullpen on March 28.  The attitude explains why the team is playing in its first World Series since 1997.

Indians: The team will decide on Wednesday whether Tomlin will work out of the bullpen in favor of Cody Anderson or start.

''I'm hoping for the best 25 guys,'' Tomlin said. ''We need to put personal preferences aside. You do whatever you can to help your team win games. The goal should be to try to win the World Series, not I'd rather start, I'd rather be in the bullpen. Just get the ball whenever you get the ball and try to compete and win.''

Middletown's Kyle Schwarber Is Cubs Designated Hitter

Against all odds, Kyle Schwarber is going to be in the lineup in the Chicago Cubs' first World Series game since 1945.

Schwarber will bat fifth in the batting order, six months after tearing the ACL and LCL in April on a play in the outfield.  Schwarber, who is called Hulk by his teammates, made his debut against the Cleveland Indians on June 16, 2015 when he struck out on three pitches by Marc Rzepczynski.

The 6' 3"
235 lb. left-handed hitter got his first Major League hit, a triple, off Shaun Marcum as Schwaber went 4-for-5 in the Cubs 17-0 win at Wrigley Field on June 17.  Schwarber hit his first home run of his career off Danny Salazar the next night as the Indians won two of the three games.

Schwarber had just four at bats in two games this season with a walk before the injury on April 7.  The prognosis was for the 23-year old to be ready for spring training but the former All-State linebacker for the Middletown Middies, healed so quickly that the Cubs sent him to the Arizona Fall League to get some at bats against live pitching.

Three weeks ago Cubs' manager Joe Maddon said, "Kyle won't play this season but he's killing his rehab. I talk to him every day and I'm sure he's disappointed but he is with us cheering us on."

Saturday, October 22, 2016

IU, Middletown's Kyle Schwarber May Get To World Series After All

Kyle Schwarber thought his season was over in April when he tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee in the Cubs third game of the season.

His manager Joe Maddon was asked about Schwarber by a Cincinnati writer the last weekend of the season as the Cubs closed in on its 103rd win of the season.

"Of course he's not going to play, but he's been killing his rehab," Maddon said. "I talk to him every day. He's always around cheering his teammates. He is disappointed he hasn't been able to participate."

That may change.  The Cubs sent the Middletown native to Arizona with the idea of getting some at bats.  There is a possibility that he can be added to the Cubs roster in time for the World Series, should they defeat the Dodgers one more time at Wrigley Field this weekend.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Reds Finish Season Four Games Better, Lose To Cubs

Raisel Iglesias was close to earning his second save when he retired the first two batters in the ninth but the Cubs rallied for four big runs to win 7-3 and build steam for the playoffs with its 103rd win.

The Cubs starters were long gone when Iglesias walked Albert Almora Jr.  Munernori Kawasaki singled sharply to center.  Matt Szczur took a close 2-2 pitch that minor league umpire Chad Whitson called a ball.  Szczur hit a hard grounder past Joey Votto to score both runners. Miguel Montero homered before Iglesias could get out of the inning.

"It's the lesson of the position that you're going to be challenged," Bryan Price said. "It won't be the last time it happens.  We don't have a game tomorrow to bounce back on."

The Cubs were where the Reds are five years ago.  The Reds are edging closer to where they want to be.

The Reds drew 1,894,085 patrons to the ball this season to watch the Reds improve to 68-94 over a 64-98 2015.

"I'm proud of the players," Price said. "The win/loss is nothing to brag about but I wanted the players to know that we appreciate how they battled  under these conditions."

A piece of the Reds' future stated for the Reds in Robert Stephenson.  He navigated dangerous waters in his sixth start  Stephenson walked two and allowed a single in the first but got a double play groundball out of Addison Russell.

"It has been painful with the growing pains we had to build on," Price said. "I tip my hat to the veteran players, Brandon (Phillips), Joey (Votto), Zach (Cozart) and Jay (Bruce). We knew what the season might look like but they did a wonderful job.  We lost 94 games but every win meant something."

The Reds put three on the board against Kyle Hendricks, who is likely to be one of the Cubs three playoff starters next week.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. singled with one out. Adam Duvall singled and Scott Schebler was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Eugenio Suarez earned his70th RBI with a walk.  Tucker Barnhart singled home two runs.

The Cubs scored in the third when Dexter Fowler walked and advanced to third on Kris Bryant's single. Anthony Rizzo grounded out as Fowler scored.  Two walks and a single got the Cubs a fourth inning run.

The Reds got a run back in the fourth. Suarez doubled but was thrown out at third on Barnhart's grounder to first. Tony Renda's double scored Barnhart.

Jumbo Diaz, Wandy Peralta and Ross Ohlendorf held the Cubs until Wilson Contreras hit his 12th home run off Blake Wood.

Joey Votto Feels He Is Short Of His Goal

Joey Votto has a number in mind when he talks about goals for the season.

Votto is one home run and three RBI of reaching the 30 and 100 plateau.  He leads the National League with a .988 OPS (on-base + slugging percentage).

The 33-year old was hitting .203 on May 23rd.  Votto managed to build the average to .252 by the All-Star break.by hitting .297 in the last 42 games before the All-Star Break.

The most important number to Votto is 162. He will play his 158th against the Cubs on the last day of the season.

"Making a point to be out there every single day is important to me," Votto said. "I missed a couple games with the flu and there were a couple random days for a rest but if I could have eliminated those, I'd rather play in 162."

Votto played in 162 in 2015.  He played in all 162 in 2013 after coming off an injury and 161 in 2011.

The Reds firstbaseman stood by his cubicle with a gash on his chin.  He got it on a bad slide into secondbase in St. Louis on Thursday.  Votto sent a text to manager Bryan Price at 3:00 am Friday morning, telling his manager that he wanted to play Friday.

"It is a point of pride for me," Votto said. 'I feel and obligation to the fans, the front office and my teammates and myself but most of all I feel the obligation to the fans. The more stories I hear, the more people write notes to me or on twitter, the notes to me, the feedback  is I got to go to a game. I got to watch my favorite player play, not just me necessarily. Just being out there everyday, knowing that someone gets done at work and come to the ballpark to see me play. I feel I have to be there to justify my ticket. It means a lot to me to give that back to them."

 Votto is hitting .411 since the All'Star game with an OPS of 1.168, 15 home runs and 55 RBI.  He has drawn 108 walks coming into the last day of the season and his been on base in .494 percent of his plate appearances.  That is nearly once every two times he steps in the batter's box.

"I wish I would have started out better," Votto said. "I didn't doubt that I could come back from the start but I was frustrated and in disbelief. I have faith in my ability. I felt good.  The only way I could do that was play everyday.  That's the important stat to me."

"If I only played 140 games, I never would have been able to do that," Votto said.

Votto is pleased with his offense but feels he is lacking in a couple errors, base running and defense.

"I went a couple months with inconsistent defense," Votto said. "Until Trout came into the league I felt that I was in the conversation for the best player in the league.  He fucked that up for everybody, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included.  You can't be in that conversation unless you do every aspect of the game. I love competing against the best. It is something I take a lot of pride in. Offensively I felt I could compete with anybody in baseball.  Defensively, I feel I have a ways to go.  It is exciting to have another challenge to overcome.  I'm grateful for that."

South Florida Runs Over Cincinnati With Five Rushing Touchdowns In 45-20 Win

Cincinnati was looking forward to this game since taking a 65-27 beating in Tampa last November but South Florida got put its running game to work.

Quentin Flowers and Marlon Mack ran for two touchdowns apiece and Mack became South Florida's career rushing leader as the Bulls scored the final 28 points to beat Cincinnati 45-20 on Saturday night.

Last season the Bearcats trailed the Bulls 51-3 at halftime this time they trailed 24-20 but Bearcats' freshman Ross Trail threw three interceptions before being replaced by Gunner Kiel after Johnny Ward's pick-six as the Bulls ran away with this game too.

Trail threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

We had been preparing for this ballgame since last year,”  Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. “Playing at home, we played with a lot of grit in that first half.”

Mack finished 118 yards on 20 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that moved him past Andre Hall into first on South Florida's career rushing list. Mack, a junior, has 2,755 yards rushing in 28 career games.

"That was a big hole,” Mack said. “I had to make a move on the linebacker and I did it.. I just had to make him miss. "The record feels great. I thank my O-Line for the last three years. It is a good feeling. It is very nice to get our first conference win on the road."

The Bulls’ offense rushed for five touchdowns and 226 yards.

'Mack's run was pretty impressive,” Bulls’ coach Willie Taggart said. “He pushed the L1 button like on the video game to make the move on that linebacker. He deserves everything he gets. Quentin was sharp. Once his baby girl was born, he returned to practice and was very sharp.”

There were six lead changes in the first half and South Florida led 24-20

"We did a a good job of taking what we learned at halftime and took it to the field,” USF coach Willie Taggart said.

Flowers completed 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards and added 74 yards rushing.

"We just take what the defense gives us,” said Flowers, who had his first child, daughter Amayah, on Monday.  “We can run the ball. We have guys that can turn a six yard run into 60 like Marlon Mack did."
 Mack's first touchdown, a 4-yard run, gave USF (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) a 24-20 lead with 1:40 left in the first half.

Flowers scored on a 19-yard run with 4:29 to play in the third quarter and, fewer than 3 minutes later, Ward returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-20.

Tion Greene had 98 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries for Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1).

“Both sides, I thought we played the ballgame pretty much how we wanted to play it,” Tuberville said. “We knew we were gonna have a tough time with No. 9  (Flowers) running the ball, scrambling around and running quarterback draws. We pretty much contained it for the first half, more than most people have done. Second half, It was totally different defense.”

South Florida - The Bulls came into the game ranked 24th in the FBS with eight takeaways. They had four more against the Bearcats: three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Cincinnati - Kiel, who threw 40 combined touchdown passes in 2014 and 2015, completed his first three passes before finishing 3-of-11 passing for 47 yards. Sophomore Hayden Moore started the first three games of the season, throwing for 785 yards with seven TDs and three interceptions, before injuring his ankle in a 40-16 loss to Houston on Sept. 15.

South Florida - The Bulls host East Carolina in its second conference game October 8 at noon. USF edged East Carolina 22-17 in 2015.

Cincinnati - The Bearcats travel to Connecticut on October 8 for an 11:30 am game. Cincinnati was a 37-13 winner in their last meeting.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Cubs Drub Reds Win 102nd Game

The Chicago Cubs won its 102nd game over the last place Reds with a decisive 7-3 victory.

Ben Zobrist hit two home runs and a double to lead the Cubs.

The Cubs' secondbaseman struck again in a four-run eighth that put the game away.  He hit his second homer of the game off Abel De Los Santos, his 17th, to cap the inning.  The home runs gave the Cubs 39 home runs against the Reds this season.  That is the most home runs any opponent has ever hit against the Reds in a single season.

The 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers hit 38 home runs off Reds pitching when teams played each other 22 times in a season.  Friday was the 17th meeting between the two teams this season and the Cubs have won 14 of them.  They have homered in 10 straight games at GABP/

Reds' spot starter Josh Smith retired the first 12 batters he faced until Zobrist unloaded his 16th home run of the season, leading off the fifth.

 "It was good. I challenged hitters early and got a lot of early contact to pitch pretty deep in the game," Smith said. "The ball to Zobrist, I missed my sport."

Smith started seven games for the Reds last season, losing four decisions with a 6.89 ERA.  The Reds put him on waivers which he cleared and took him off the 40-man roster.  He was in the minor league camp during spring training.

"Josh kept us in the game," Price said.."That four-run inning gave them the separation they needed."

 The Reds brought him back and he pitched mainly in relief but made two starts against the Cubs, including a three-inning emergency start on September 20 in which he allowed one run in three innings.

"Smith's innings this year are invaluable," Bryan Price said.."He's pitched in a multitude of roles, starter, long relief, middle relief.  He's getting acclimated to pitching in the big leagues in high leverage situations.'

The Cubs added a run in the sixth against Smith. The got one run off Tony Cingrani in the seventh.

The Reds got on the board off Trevor Cahill after Jake Buchanan pitched fire scoreless innings to earn his first win since June 27, 2014 when he defeated the Detroit Tigers as a member of the Houston Astros.

Jose Perazza doubled to open the sixth inning. He went to third on a wild pitch.  Hernan Iribarren's ground out drove in Perazza.  The Reds' rookie has reached base in 10 straight games.

Joey Votto hit a two-run home run in the ninth.  It was his 29th home run and 94th RBI.

The Cubs last won 100 games in 1935.  The 102 wins is the most since the Cubs won 104 games in back-to-back years 1909 and 1910.  


Bryan Price Will Manage The Reds In 2017

Bryan Price will be back as the Cincinnati Reds' manager in 2017 and the team has the option to pick up his contract for 2018.

Price was hired to replace Dusty Baker after Baker led the Reds to three playoff appearances in his last four seasons.  Price was his pitching coach for the last four seasons of Baker's tenure.

Before Friday's game Price had a 207-278 record with the rebuilding Reds.  The Reds offered all coaches their current jobs for next season.

 "We've been talking about it (a new contract) since the last homestand. It just took some time just working out the terms of the contract," Price said. "There is a mutual desire to stay connected. For me it's been an unbelievable opportunity. It is a storied franchise. I have really enjoyed my coaches and my team."

"We reviewed the system, The coaches before we came to terms with the contractural agreement. I couldn't be happier with the coaching staff and the way the players hung in there during challenging season. The fruits of that showed up certainly in the second half with a lot better win/loss record and a lot better statistical representation of our team."

"When you talk about evaluating the manager and coaching staff, you're looking for improvements. If you have the same team intact you want to see improvement from the beginning to the back side of the season. I think we saw that improvement. That really needs to be a tribute to the players. You have to love to play baseball when you're in the situation that you're in the bottom of the division."

"I know the manager of the team is a polarizing one. I think that people want to see. The second half was the first stage of that improvement."

"The terms of the option. I just don't want to get to the end of the season with question marks. I want to make sure the option is picked up or not picked up by a certain date so we're not getting into September 30 to know if I'm coming back again. I don't think there was instability from the team not knowing. I don't it is something that goes through the players mind on a daily basis. I do think seeing us intact and the probability of us being here two more years is a good thing."

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bearcats Best Redhawks For 11th Straight Series Win

Tion Green's two-yard touchdown run put the Cincinnati Bearcats ahead with 5:09 left in the game determined the final score in the 27-20 win over the rival from Oxford.

The Miami Redhawks (Redskins) and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats met for the 12st time with Miami leading the series 59-54 with seven ties/

It had been 10 years coveted Victory Bell, the symbol of the rivalry, has been in the hands of the Redhawks.  The Redhawks last defeated Cincinnati on September 28, 2005 in a 44-16 triumph.

The game was tied at halftime but Cincinnati pulled away on a 12-play 54-yard drive.

Miami held a 20-17 lead at the end of three quaters on a 58-yard strike from Miami quarterback Billy Bahl to Jared Murphy.
Mike Boone countered with a two-yard run that knotted the game at 17.  The play capped a 66-yard, 12 play drive for the Bearcats.

Miami's Nick Dowd put his team up 20-10 but Josh Pasley tied it after Miami stopped the Bearcats after a first and goal from their own seven.

The Redhawks had one more chance but lost two yards after getting the ball on their own 39 with 5:02 left.

The Redhawks defense needed a stop on a third and 12 from the Cincinnati 45 but Ross Trail, playing for the injured Hayden Moore, threaded the needle to a tightly covered Kahill Lewis who made the key catch.

(Trail) “I though he did well for his first start," Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We kept it pretty light. Ross made some mistakes. Hayden has a lower ankle sprain – he played on it in the second half last week. Hopefully he’ll get some practice time this week.”

The Bearcats ran the clock down to nine seconds from the Miami 19.

“It went exactly as we thought," Tuberville said. "We knew it was going to come down to the end, as they all have. We turned the ball over a couple of times. I knew that was going to happen with a new quarterback.”

Miami won the turnover battle 3-2 with two interceptions and a recovered fumble.  Cincinnati intercepted Bahl once and recovered his fumble after a sack.

"For us to win we have to win the turnover battle," Miami coach Chuck Martin said. "With us being a 17-point underdog being even wasn[t good enough. Billy had some turnovers, fumbling in the pocket. I know he's a big strong guy and wants to make a play but we have to learn to cut our losses."

Cincinati outgained Miami 461 to 313. It was the most yards the Miami defense has allowed this season.

Cincinnati 3-1 will play the University of South Florida in a conference game at 7:00 pm October 1 at Nippert Stadium.

Miami (0-4) will open its Mid American Conference schedule at home against the Ohio University Bobcats at 2:30 pm.

Miami Cincinati Rival Game Even

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats and the arch-rival Miami Universtity Redhawks (Redskins) played to a 10-10 first half tie.

Cincinnati trying to win its 11th straight game in this series, scored first on a 28-yard field goal by Josh Pasley with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

Maurice Thomas took the kickoff for Miamit and returned it 94 yards to the Cincinnati six yard line.
Billy Bahl completed an eight-yard pass to James Gardner to put Miami in the lead.

Ross Trail, playing quarterback for the injured Hayden Moore, ran 11-yards on a fourth and one to put the Bearcats back on top.

Nick Dowd's 26-yard field goal with 5:42 left tied the game for Miami.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dan Straily And The Reds Get Last Laugh On Pittsburgh

The Reds lost the season series to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-10 but had the thrill of victory last with a sweep avoiding 7-4 win.

Dan Straily the Reds' winningest pitcher 13-8 took the mound to stop a Pittsburgh sweep, opposing Ivan Nova.  Tucker Barnhart drove in four runs with a double and two sacrifice flies.

'If it tell myself to get the ball to the outfield the worse that can happen is a sacrifice fly. I try telling myself the pressure is on the pitcher," Barnhart said.

"Tucker is establishing himself as not just a catch and throw guy," Bryan Price said. "He stays in the middle of the field with his approach. He doesn't try to pull the ball all the time."

The Pirates hung two runs on the Reds' 2016 ace in the second inning.

Jung Ho Kang singled with one out.  Francisco Cervelli followed with a single of his own.  Pedro Florimon sent Reds' centerfielder, Jose Perazza, to the warning track with a line drive over his head.  Perazza couldn't make the catch and Florimon had a two-run triple.

The Reds countered with two of their own against Nava.

Scott Schebler singled sharply.  Ivan De Jesus Jr. bunted and firstbaseman Josh Bell let the ball roll through for an error.  Tucker Barnhart doubled to the gap in rightcenter and both runners scored.

Joey Votto nearly cleared the fence with a double, his second hit of the day to lead off the third.   Adam Duvall grounded out but Brandon Phillips put the Reds ahead with a ground rule double.  Schebler's second hit scored Phillips.  Ivan De Jesus singled and Schebler advanced to third when Adam Frazier bobbled the ball in left.  Barnhart drove in his third run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Straily, who had 45 at bats this season and 48 lifetime, singled for his first Major League hit in the inning.  Perazza struck out.

 "It finally happened after being so brutal. It's the most exciting thing, I'll ever do on a baseball field. They can't take that away from me," Straily said.."I saw Polanco try to throw to first so I ran to make sure I got there. Bell was pretty far away but I wasn't taking any chances."

 "We were about to burst," Price said. "Making contact is the first step. All kidding aside after a rough start he's been very good at getting a bunt down."

 "I'm really happy for him," Barnhart said. "We joke with him about his hitting but he takes it seriously. I'm glad he got the hit."

Straily, who set a franchise record with 11 games with three or fewer hits, gave up Sean Rodriguez third home run of the season in the sixth.  It was the 17th for Rodriguez.  With the home run the Reds' pitching staff tied the National League record for home runs allowed with 239.  The 2001 Colorado Rockies also allowed 239.

"I can't say enough about Dan," Barnhart said.. "He is mister reliable. You know what you're going to get."

Michael Lorenzen relieved Straily after six innings and pitched two scoreless innings.  Raisel Iglesias finished up with a scoreless frame.

Straily allowed five hits and four walks while striking out five all three runs were earned.

 "It wasn't Dan's best day from a command perspective. He got us to Lorenzen and Iglesias," Price said.

Straily was willing to go back out to the mound for the seventh.

'I would have gone back out for the seventh understanding what the guys in the bullpen went through yesterday," Straily said. "I didn't have my best command and guys that have hurt me in the past, hurt me today."

Schebler's third hit of the game off Drew Hutchinson set up Barnhart's second sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Votto's fourth hit of the game was his 25th home run and came off Hutchinson in the eighth..

John Jaso doubled home Florimon against Iglesias in the ninth.

Reds Want To Finish Season With Integrity

The Reds were mathematically eliminated on Saturday but there are still 14 games left on the season.

Some of the Reds will be limping toward the finish line and manager Bryan Price wants them to finish as strong as possible.  The key word is finish.

Zack Cozart is still having a problem with his knee. Billy Hamilton is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Cody Reed has back problems.  Homer Bailey has soreness in his biceps.

Cozart is taking treatment daily. He hasn't played since September 10 in Pittsburgh.

"Zack's knee hasn't responded to treatment. I wouldn't put him out there unless there's no pain," Price said.

Billy Hamilton has been sidelined since September 5.

"Billy is tenuous," Price said. "He's shown improvement but he's had zero baseball activity. I'm not going to say it's impossible for him to come back but it's improbable."

Cody Reed tweaked his back after he was returned to Louisville after an awful first tour of the Big Leagues.

Bailey returned from two major surgeries and pitched six games before developing soreness.

 "Homer is throwing a bullpen at 11:00," Price said at the 10:30 press meeting. "We gave him a couple days off. He has normal soreness that seems to be muscular. You can work through that."

The question was raised since the Reds have no playoffs to compete for, why not shut these players down for the last 14 games?

 "We have to finish the season with integrity," Price said. "The easiest thing to do is shut guys down but that's not the culture we want. We want guys to fight to get back on the field. You open yourself up if somebody gets hurt worse but there is something important about finishing a season.