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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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kyle Schwarber Goes Deep Twice Hometown Hero Haunts Hoover And Reds

Kyle Schwarber used to watch games at Great American Ball Park.  Now he stars in them

A 13th inning line drive home run off Nate Adcock doomed the Reds in a 5-4 loss.

"The young guy fouled off some tough pitches and was able to hit the 3-2 pitch out of the park," Bryan Price said.

"It wasn't a terrible pitch," Adcock said. 'It was down. I threw a slider at his back foot. It was one he swung over. It was down but I guess it wasn't down enough.  The kid's hot. He put a good swing on it. It's tough to swallow."

It was the second home run of the game and fourth hit for the Middletown High School grad. Schwarber ended his 11th Major League game hitting .410 with three home runs and 10 RBI, including four in the game.

"It was awesome to help contribute," said Schwarber as he cleaned shaving cream out of his ear from the obligatory victory pie in the face. "I was just trying to hit the ball to get on base both times. It got to two strikes and it was battle mode. They are not going to give in to me.

J.J. Hoover had not allowed a run since June 30th but Schwarber hit a 424' home run off Hoover with a man on to tie the game

"We knew we didn't have Chappy," Price said.  "We've used Hoov a lot. This was four out of five days. He said he was ready to go.  There were a lot of guys we were trying to stay away from then we go extra innings and tax our bullpen."

"We still had work to do," Schwarber said. "I'm proud of this pitching staff.  Jason (Hamel) battled through five innings. The bullpen had to shut them down for six innings."

Schwarber was named Most Valuable Player on Sunday in the Futures Game at Great American Ball Park with a two-run triple. His majestic, dramatic home run deep into the Cubs' bullpen pulled the Cubs even.  Schwarber's second home run followed Dexter Fowler's inning opening single.

"I knew I always wanted to be a Major League player but never knew it would come to fruition," said Schwarber, who left 12 tickets for family. "A lot of hard work went into it. I have the best teammates here. There is no rookie this or rookie that."

Frazier, the Home Run Derby champ, dumped a single over a drawn-in infield to plate Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto to snap a seven inning tie.

Phillips singled with one out off former Red Travis Wood.  Votto laced a single to center, allowing Phillips to motor to third.  Votto stole second, his sixth to set up the flare by causing the Cubs' infield to pull in.

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon brought Pedro Strop in to face Frazier.  Frazier barely got a piece of a low breaking ball with two strikes, then just made enough contact to get the job done.

Raisel Iglesias made his first start in nine days.

His last start was a rough one in Miami.  Iglesias gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 11.
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Against the Chicago Cubs, Iglesias was much better.

The Reds got off to a good start against Jason Hamels.

Brandon Phillips singled to open the first.  Cubs' centerfielder Dexter Fowler flat out dropped Joey Votto's fly ball and Phillips strolled to thirdbase.  Todd Frazier flied out to center to score Phillips.

Marlon Byrd was called out in a close play on a slow groundball to Addison Russell at secondbase. A 42 second review revealed that Byrd beat the throw.  Eugenio Suarez singled.  Byrd took third on a wild pitch and scored on Skip Schumaker's ground out.

Iglesias kept the Cubs off the scoreboard for four innings.

Middletown High's Kyle Schwarber doubled to center to score Russell in the fifth inning and put runners on second and third with one out.  Iglesias struck out Kris Bryant and retired Anthony Rizzo on a routine fly to center to maintain the lead.

Chris Coghlan hit a line drive off the top of the leftfield fence for an apparent triple. A crew chief review that took 3:42  changed it to a game tying home run.

Iglesias got Starlin Catro on a groundout but he walked Hamel and Russell.  Jumbo Diaz replaced him. Diaz preserved the tie.

Ryan Matthues pitched a scoreless eighth ro help make Diaz the winner.  J.J. Hoover came on in the ninth to earn his second save.  Aroldis Chapman worked three innings the last two nights with a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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