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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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mets Celebrated Division Title But Reds Played Hungover

The Mets used their hangover lineup that resembled the Brewers, not the Milwaukee Brewers, the Wiedemann Brewers, against Keyvious Sampson but they hit him hard in an 8-1 win over the reeling Reds..

It was the Reds' eighth straight loss and 92nd of the season. The Reds are one game short of its longest losing streak of nine games which they've done twice. Cincinnati lost nine in a row from May 16 through May 25 and again from August 14 through August 23.

Kelly Johnson singled and Michael Conforto, who played in the Future's Game at Great American Ball Park in advance of the All-Star game in July, doubled to the gap in left centerfield to give the Mets and early lead.
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Eric Campbell singled and trotted home on Dilson Herrera's third home run of the season.  Mets' starting pitcher, Jacob deGrom and Juan Lagares singled but Sampson escaped further scoring in the second.

The third wasn't so kind.

Joey Votto kicked a groundball by Kirk Nieuwenhuis with one out. Campbell singled to right just out of Brandon Phillips reach.  Herrera hit a bloop single to right.  deGrom dropped a bloop hit in front of Ivan De Jesus Jr. in leftfield for a two-run single to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.  Sam LeCure ended the inning by striking out Lagares for the final out.

Sampson lasted 2 2/3 innings. He allowed nine hits and five runs, three of them were earned.

An error in leftfield by De Jesus Jr. off a line drive hit by deGrom allowed Campbell, who walked, to score and extended the inning for Lagares, who singled home the Mets' seventh run.

Skip Schumaker opened the game with a double off the glove of Conforto but deGrom retired the next 14 Reds, eight by strikeout until Eugenio Suarez singled with two outs in the fifth.

Kevin Plawecki hit his third home run off Michael Lorenzen in the sixth.

The Reds broke through in the sixth.  Schumaker and De Jesus Jr. singled with one out.  Votto grounded an RBI single past Herrera at secondbase.  Votto has reached base in 44 straight games.

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