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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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ohio Cup Up For Grabs Between Indians And Reds






They share a facility in Goodyear, Arizona for six weeks and since 1997 they have played a series during the regular season with the exception of 2002.

Tonight will be the 100th regular season meeting between the cross-state rivals with the Indians holding a 45-54 lead.

The Reds have won or tied 11 of the 19 series but have dropped the last two series in 1-5 in 2015 and 0-4 last season.  The four losses by the Reds were the first in an 11-game losing streak.
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Since 2008 a Most Outstanding Player is chosen by writers from both teams.  Past winners are; 2008 Adam Dunn Reds, 2009 Ramon Hernandez Reds, 2010 Shin-Soo Choo Indians, 2011 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians, 2012-2013 no award was given, 2014 Kristopher Negron Reds, 2015 Jason Kipnis Indians, 2016 Rajai Davis Indians.

Cleveland is the defending American League champions, losing in seven games to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.  They own a 23-19 record and are tied for first place with the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. 

The Reds are 20-23 in fourth place in the National League Central 4 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Indians feature former Reds’ thirdbaseman, Edwin Encarnacion. who will play first base with after signing with Cleveland as a free agent this winter.

Encarnacion and Carlos Santana alternate between firstbase and designated hitter.  Since ther National League rules apply for the two games in Cincinnati.  Santana will play rightfield with Lonnie Chisenhall moving to centerfield.

“The Reds are swinging the bats well. They have balanced lineup,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.  “I can’t imagine a 2-1 game in this ballpark. We’re going to have to score to win.”

Reds manager Bryan Price acknowledged the games are fun for the fans.

“It is more fun for them than it is for me,” Price said. ““They have a lot of things going for them. They already had a good lineup and they made themselves a lot better by adding Encarnacioin. Their pitching, their starters in particular, is something that’s allowed them to turn things around, and their bullpen is shutdown. That makes a difference.”

Scott Feldman will start for the Reds. He has pitched mostly in the American League during his career.  He comes into the game with a 2-4 record and a 4.29 ERA. Feldman has a 2=3 record with a 2.72 ERA in 15 games, six starts against Cleveland.

Josh Tomlin starts for Cleveland. He comes in with a 2-5 record and a 6.86 ERA.  Tomlin has faced the Reds five times with a 2-2 record and a 4.55 ERA.

Ohio Cup Up For Grabs Between Indians And Reds






They share a facility in Goodyear, Arizona for six weeks and since 1997 they have played a series during the regular season with the exception of 2002.

Tonight will be the 100th regular season meeting between the cross-state rivals with the Indians holding a 45-54 lead.

The Reds have won or tied 11 of the 19 series but have dropped the last two series in 1-5 in 2015 and 0-4 last season.  The four losses by the Reds were the first in an 11-game losing streak.

Since 2008 a Most Outstanding Player is chosen by writers from both teams.  Past winners are; 2008 Adam Dunn Reds, 2009 Ramon Hernandez Reds, 2010 Shin-Soo Choo Indians, 2011 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians, 2012-2013 no award was given, 2014 Kristopher Negron Reds, 2015 Jason Kipnis Indians, 2016 Rajai Davis Indians.

Cleveland is the defending American League champions, losing in seven games to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.  They own a 23-19 record and are tied for first place with the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. 

The Reds are 20-23 in fourth place in the National League Central 4 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Indians feature former Reds’ thirdbaseman, Edwin Encarnacion. who will play first base with after signing with Cleveland as a free agent this winter.

Encarnacion and Carlos Santana alternate between firstbase and designated hitter.  Since ther National League rules apply for the two games in Cincinnati.  Santana will play rightfield with Lonnie Chisenhall moving to centerfield.

“The Reds are swinging the bats well. They have balanced lineup,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.  “I can’t imagine a 2-1 game in this ballpark. We’re going to have to score to win.”

Reds manager Bryan Price acknowledged the games are fun for the fans.

“It is more fun for them than it is for me,” Price said. ““They have a lot of things going for them. They already had a good lineup and they made themselves a lot better by adding Encarnacioin. Their pitching, their starters in particular, is something that’s allowed them to turn things around, and their bullpen is shutdown. That makes a difference.”

Scott Feldman will start for the Reds. He has pitched mostly in the American League during his career.  He comes into the game with a 2-4 record and a 4.29 ERA. Feldman has a 2=3 record with a 2.72 ERA in 15 games, six starts against Cleveland.

Josh Tomlin starts for Cleveland. He comes in with a 2-5 record and a 6.86 ERA.  Tomlin has faced the Reds five times with a 2-2 record and a 4.55 ERA.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Home Run Day At Coors Field er Great American Ball Park





It was the tail of two pitchers with vastly different styles at Great American Ball Park between the Colorado Rockies, a 6-4 winner and the Cincinnati Reds.

The ancient Bronson Arroyo, 40, a notorious fly ball pitcher, faced off against the fuzzy cheeked Rockies rookie, Kyle Freeland, 23, who gets 2/3 of his outs with ground balls.

It turned into a mini home run derby at the friendly confines of what is affectionately called “Great American Small Park.”  Six hitters shrunk the park with home runs.

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Black chose Stanton but acknowledged Hamilton’s game changing speed.

"Hamilton is a force,” Black said in the pre game meeting with the press. “When he starts walking to the plate you become concerned because of his ability to steal and create havoc. We saw what happened two nights ago the ball he hit down the line and enc up scoring, going first to third on a single to left. He has game changing speed.  He has the desire to steal and is arguably the best base stealer in the game. He's a dynamic player. When he's in the box you worry about him getting on base.  The way you combat that is to make him earn it.”

After Arroyo struck out two batters in a scoreless first inning, Hamilton made Black look prophetic.

Hamilton reached base when thirdbaseman, Nolan Arenado, fumbled a short one-hop grounder to lead off the bottom of the first.  While Jose Peraza was drawing a walk.  Hamilton stole his way to thirdbase, giving him 23 for the season.  Peraza stole second.  Joey Votto’s ground out chased Hamilton home. Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch but Peraza was picked off by Freeland.  The Reds scored without a hit.

Arroyo breezed through two frames but former batterymate, Ryan Hanigan hit a single.  Freeland proved he could hit the ball in the air with exhibit one,  a double. Charlie Blackmon’s deep fly tied the game.  The second of D.J.LeMahieu’s four hits gave Freeland a lead to work with.

The turning point to the inning and the game was the double by Freeland, who missed two attempts to bunt.

"That hurt me bad," Arroyo said.  'I opened a can of worms. You gotta get the out there. I tried to put the ball on the outer half. I didn't see the pitch if it got too much of the plate."

That’s when the clouds went away, the sun appeared and the park shrunk to size.

Carlos Gonzalez, Freeland, exhibit two, LeMahieu and the brother of a former Red, Pat Valaika  hit solo home runs off Arroyo.  "I missed with a change up to Gonzalez," Arroyo said. "There's an ebb and flow to the game.  Sometimes bad pitches are outs and good pitches get hit.  I have to find a way to get deeper into games."

Arroyo is coming back after missing two years.  The Reds have three starting pitchers out with injuries.  It remains to be seen if Arroyo can hold onto his position in the starting rotation.

'I've been in position a hundred times even when I was younger.  We have three pitchers coming back within a month or a month and a half.  That is my window of opportunity," Arroyo said.  "I'm feeling healthier all the time but it seems like I'm going to my bag of tricks earlier in the game.  Time will tell. I cnn't give up a run an inning and expect to hold on."

Bryan Price is willing to let Arroyo's career play out for awhile.

"Bronson has been very honest with himself and with us," Price said.  "That's what I like about him. It's a challenging game. It's unforgiving."

Meanwhile Freeland allowed harmless hits to Devin Mesoraco and Scott Schebler.  The Reds were lifting the ball at a higher rate off Freeland, eight of the first 15 outs were from ground balls, including a double play grounder.

But the Reds plugged into the power grid in the sixth inning. Jose Peraza hit a ball off the top of the leftfield wall.  He slid into third with a triple but the umpires reviewed it to see if it bounced off the stands and came back to the field.  The original call was confirmed.  Votto said, “review this” with his 12th home run into the very same stands.  Two outs later Schebler hit his 12th off the Bowtie Bar sign above the Rockies bullpen.

Robert Stephenson and Blake Wood calmed the Rockies for two innings while the Reds mounted threats.  Devin Mesoraco narrowly missed a home run to center with a leadoff seventh-inning double.  It went to waste as Chris Rusin left him stranded.

Votto and Eugenio Suarez singled in the eighth off Adam Ottovino but Duvall, Schebler and Arismendy Alcantara struck out.

Wood worked around an error for a scoreless ninth.

Greg Holland entered the game for Colorado, looking for his 19th save in 19 tries.

Holland walked Mesoraco to open the ninth. Pinch hitter Scooter Gennett hit for Wood representing the tying run. Gennett fanned on three pitches.  Hamilton flied out.  Peraza went down swinging.



Zack Cozart Right Wrist Keeps Him Sidelined





Zack Cozart’s day off on Sunday was planned but he has missed some time with discomfort in his left wrist.

Arismendy Alcantara was in the lineup on Sunday at secondbase.  Jose Peraza moved to shortstop and took Cozart’s place batting second in the lineup.
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“There is nothing going on with the wrist,” Cozart said. “There is nothing really to say about it. Sometimes it feels terrible. Sometimes it feels good. So we’re just taking it day by day. It’s mainly when I sleep, trying not to get in any weird positions and have it stuck there for awhile or whatever. It’s precautionary. So I’m not using it in bad ways.  There’s nothing crazy going on. It’s one of those things where you tweak something. Because I swing everyday. It’s going to be there for a little while. I’ve had some days off. I’ve been playing a month and a half with it, ever since Pittsburgh.”

There is nothing structurally wrong with it although he had a brace-line bandage on it after returning from the indoor batting cage Sunday morning.

“Honestly, I don’t know why I go a week or two feeling great and it just pops up again. I don’t know what causes it.  Whether its a swing anything like a dive.  It’s nothing major. It just flares up,” Cozart said. “The best thing would just be rest but in baseball there is no time off, so it’s not going to happen.”

Cozart is hitting a lofty .351 at the quarter pole of the season.  He has 20 hits for extra bases among his 46 hit, 12 doubles, four triples and four home runs.

“I just have to play through it,” Cozart said. “I want to play every day. I hate not being out there for the team but there are just some days when it doesn’t feel good.  Today is not one of those days.  It was already a scheduled off day. I talked to Bryan (Price) a couple days ago. It’s just we want to win a series today so I want to be out there.”




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Scott Schebler's Four RBI Saves Win For Newest Reds And Snaps Streak






The Reds woke up from a nightmare with a six-run sixth inning to stop wake up a seven-game slumber in the land of the lost.  Scott Schebler hit his 11th home run of the season to bring the Reds all the way back to a 12-8 win.

It was another nightmare inning that put the Reds upside down on the way to what would have been it;s eighth straight loss bad dream. It was a six run inning that put the Rockies ahead 8-3

Devin Mesoraco set the tone with his second home run of the season off veteran Chad Qualls.  Scooter Gennett, a double switch that put tne newest Red, Asher Wojciechowski, singled. Billy Hamilton’s bid for extra bases was foiled by Charlie Blackmon, who made a running catch of Joey Votto’s bid for extra bases in the first inning.  Zack Cozart singled.  Votto drew a walk off reliever Mike Dunn.  Adam Duvall’s sharp single to left scored Gennett.  Eugenio Suarez fly to deep center got the Reds within a run.  Schebler reached the right field bleachers with a three-run homer.

 “When I got up, in the sixth I was just trying to get on base," Mesoraco said.

Mesoraco started the rally and Schebler completed it.

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 “I’ve felt good at the plate the last seven days but they just haven’t been falling,” Schebeler said. “Just coming through in those situations gives you confidence.  Hopefully I can ride this thing for awhile.  It was a really cool moment.  You try not to press.  You’re going to read into things like that because you want to come through for the team. At the end of the day you want to win. You try not to let it affect you but you can only do so much.”

“Talk about invigorating a ball club,” Bryan Price said.  “It brought us back to life. It was a very rough stretch through the last turn through the rotation.  We had a couple well pitched games we could have won, then this time through we were always digging ourselves out of a hole.”


The Rockies strung together every kind of hit in a six-run fifth inning against Reds’ starter Tim Adleman and Drew Storen.

Charlie Blackmon had two singles in the inning, the first started the frame that found the Rockies down 3-2.  He stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw to second.  Billy Hamilton nearly threw him out at third but the ball hit him.  D.J. LeMahieu grounded out to short and Adleman appeared to have the inning under control.  Nolan Arenado walked. Ian Mark Reynolds singled to center and Hamilton threw Arenado out at third after a review revealed Arenado over slid the base.   With two outs and a man on first Adleman appeared ready to escape. The baseball gods had other plans. Ian Desmond hit a bloop single after Carlos Gonzalez walked.  Alexi Amarista lofted a fly to left but Duvall lost it in the setting sun and it fell for a double.  Tony Wolters was intentionally walked so Adleman could pitch to Rockies’ rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela.  The move backfired when the pitcher lined a single back through the middle. Blackmon drove in the sixth run of the inning with a single.

 There was a lot of bad luck in that inning,” Mesoraco said.


The Rockies jumped to a lead on a first-inning RBI single by Reynolds.

Hamilton walked and stole his 21st base in the bottom of the inning. Votto was robbed by Blackmon and the Reds’ didn’t score.

Mesoraco drove in a run with a single in the second inning. A sacrifice fly by Schebler and a single by Jose Peraza put the Reds ahead 3-1.

Adleman gave up a two-out run scoring double to Amarista in the fourth to set up the fireworks in the fifth.

Wojciechowski, who was brought in from Louisville to bolster a beleagured Reds’ bullpen, entered in the sixth, his first game in two years and sixth of his career.  He rode the wave to his first major league win.

 “This is great. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Wojciechowski said. “Pretty much a month ago to his day, I didn’t have a job.  To have this happen is pretty much remarkable.  The first inning I was running on a lot of adrenaline.  Once I threw that first strike, I started to calm down.”

“I got doused with some stuff in the shower.”


Wojciechowski retired 11 straight until Pat Valaika singled with two outs in the ninth.  Bryan Price thought he'd had enough.  Price brought Reisell Iglesias in to record the final out.

Asher Wojciechowski To The Rescue From Louisville





The Reds with their bullpen under water from over use purchased the contract of Asher Wojciechowski from the Louisville Bats.

Stuart Turner was placed on the 10-day disabled list with strained right hamstring.  RHP Nefi Ogando was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He had been rehabbing from a right thumb and shoulder injury.
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Wojciechowski was the first round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010, the 41st player taken.  He played college baseball at The Citadel.  The 28-year old was traded to the Houston Astros. 
Wojciechowski made his debut on April 9, 2015 allowing four runs in four innings against Cleveland.  He was picked up on waivers by the Miami Marlins and pitched in their system the entire year.  Wojciechowski was signed to a minor league contract by the Arizona Diamondbacks in December and was released on March 28. 

“I didn’t have a job but I continued to throw batting practice at the Citadel,” Wojciechowski said. “The Reds signed me and I am happy for the opportunity.”

The Bats played a 17-inning game in Louisville last night.  Infielder Hernan Irrabarren pitched the last three innings and took the 6-5 loss to Columbus.  Wojciechowski, who was 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA in five starts, threw a bullpen earlier.

‘I was in the clubhouse in the 15th inning when the trainer told me to get my spikes on.  Delino (DeShields) wants to talk to you,” Wojciechowski said.  “Delino asked if I could throw. I told him I threw a bullpen earlier but I could take an inning.  He said well you’re going to the big leagues, you can throw one there.”

The right-hander pitched in five games with Houston in 2015 with three starts. Wojciechowski allowed 13 runs in 16 innings a 7.16 ERA.

Wojciechowski will be the 20th pitcher and 11th rookie used by the Reds this season.  He has the longest name by number of letters in Reds’ history.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Rockies Sixth Inning Avalance Buries Reds





Colorado manager Bud Black put a thumbs up emoji on the Rockies big inning.

A close game collapsed on the Reds in an avalanche of eight sixth inning runs covering the Reds with an ugly 12-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Reds’ seventh straight loss was seen on a live stream on Facebook by 1.2 million fans, the first ever carried by that medium.
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Lisavelverto Bonilla, who saved the Reds’ bullpen with an eight inning complete game loss last Saturday, was hoping to follow up with another good game.  It started off slowly and ended badly.

Charlie Blackmon opened the game with a long double to centerfield.  Bonilla hit D.J.LeMahieu with a pitch.  Nolan Arenado’s infield hit loaded the bases. Mark Reynalds single got the first run home.  The first out of the inning, a sacrifice fly to right by Carlos Gonzalez scored LeMahieu.

Bonilla settled in with four scoreless innings while Eugenio Suarez hit his eighth home run of the season off Rockie starter Tyler Anderson.

The Turning point for Bonilla was his at bat in the fifth inning. He was hit in the right hand trying to bunt.

"I don't want to make excuses," Bonilla said.  "My hand hurt but i left a change up high to Amarista. I knew I had to go deep in the game to give the bullpen a rest. I tried to make their at-bats quick but they were aggressive.  After that I just worked on getting outs."

The roof gave way in the sixth. Gonzalez opened the inning with an innocent single.  Ian Desmond doubled.  Alexi Amarista hit his second home run into the Rockie’s bullpen and just like that the Reds trailed, 5-1.  By the time the inning was over Bonilla was gone and Wandy Peralta, who had a fine 1.06 ERA after six straight scoreless innings, gave up five hits and two walks, including Nolan Arenado’s 11th home run.  Eight runs scored is the Rockie’s best inning of the year.

"It was just a bad night for Wandy," Bryan Price said. "I left him out there for 40 pitches.  It was a disgrace."

Adam Duvall singled to score Zack Cozart, who doubled in the bottom of the inning.  With Scooter Gennett on first, Billy Hamilton circled the bases in an unorthodox manner.  He doubled into the left field corner.  He went to third when the Amarista’s relay throw kicked away from catcher Tony Wolters, Hamilton slid home with the Reds’ fourth run.

Suarez doubled in the eighth among the woo’s.  Jose Peraza hit his first home run of the season off Jordan Lyles to close the gap to four with two outs in the eighth inning..

Austin Brice, who allowed one run in nine innings, gave up a two-out, two-run single to Mark Reynolds to complete the Rockies’ scoring.

"We tried to stay away from using Brice," Price said..  "You have to respect the game. I cnn't use a position player there.  We get the home run from Peraza it is 10-6.  People come here to see a game. We can't use a position player when we could get back in it."


The Reds haven't one a game since the 17-inning, 3-2 loss to San Francisco.


Reds Pitchers Getting Healthy Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan






The Reds’ starting rotation is last in the National League in many categories; ERA 5.57, innings pitched 197, earned runs allowed 122 and home runs allowed 39.

The bullpen has been good and will soon be getting a shot in the arm, no pun intended, when Brandon Finnegan, Anthony DeSclafani and Homer Bailey are making progress for a return.

Finnegan is the closest to returning.

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“He threw off flat ground today (Friday) aggressively,” Bryan Price said.  “Brandon feeling great. I think Brandon felt very good fairly soon after he strained that muscle, however, that injury needs time to heal, like a lat injury.  It is realistic he’ll be on the mound in relatively short order.”

Anthony DeSclafani returned to the Reds’ clubhouse from Arizona and was examined by Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

“I got some good news. I’m cleared to throw,” DeSclafani said. ‘We are going to get together and put a program together. I will get to feel like a baseball player again. I’ll put a glove on it and start to throw.”

DeSclafani was shut down early in spring with an ulnar collateral ligament strain in his right elbow.

“It is not going to be soon for him,” Price said.  “It will be like the first day of spring training. I will know more when we come off the next road trip (June 2).”

Homer Bailey threw a live batting practice today.

“He’s been throwing great,” Price said. “If he does all of his work today, he will pitch in a camp game in Arizona as soon as the 24th.”

Price, a pitching coach for 10 years has been dealing with an injury riddled starting since he took over as Reds’ manager in 2014.

“This is the third or fourth year of doing this, going back to Mat Latos and Homer in 2014,” Price said. “That went into 15 and 16, not having a rotation in tact from what we expected. It is not unique.  It is something you learn to deal with. I feel like I’m better as far as knowing what to expect in 2017 or 16.  We’ve run a lot of rookie arms through here. Some have learned to swim here. Some have sank to the bottom but it is a good way of finding out what we have in the system.  Who needs more seasoning. Who is a big leaguer. It’s been a challenge. It’s what we signed up for.  In order to reach our goals we have to be better in our starting rotation.”






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rookie Davis Optioned To Louisville






The Reds this morning optioned Rookie Davis to Triple A Louisville.

Davis made five starts for the Reds.  He was 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA in five starts, totaling  19 innings an average of less than four per start.

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Davis started Monday against the New York Yankees and allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Reds will announce a corresponding move before the Thursday night game in San Francisco.  Davis turn would have come up on Saturday but the Reds have a day off on Monday.  The Reds have a day off today and another on Monday.




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Reds' Big Inning Beats Bronx Bombers






The New York Yankees were knocked off their high horse by the Reds five-run second inning making Tim Adleman a winner for his second straight start.

The 5-3 victory showed a huge bounce back after a 10-4 for loss against a New York team that currently leads the American League East.  The Reds finished a 7-2 home stand that sent them to San Francisco with an 18-15 record.

Solo home runs by Gary Sanchez his sixth Didi Gregorius his first put the Yanks up going into the bottom of the second.  Gregorius broke in with the Reds in September of 2012, hitting .300 in eight games.


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The Reds went to work on long-time foe C.C Sabathia.  Scott Schebler dumped a single into lert.  Jose Peraza poked one through the hole at short.  Devin Mesoraco walked to load the bases.  Sabathia struck out Adleman but Billy Hamilton singled hard off the glove of Ronald Torreyes at third that made it to leftfield.  Peraza beat the throw standing up for the tying run.  Zack Cozart and Joey Votto singled for two more runs.  Adam Duvall capped the inning with a run scoring single.

"We took advantage of what we got," Bryan Price said. "They beat us up last night.  Coming back to play better baseball today was as big as anything."

Adleman and Sabathia were both trying to find the strike zone.

"Early on I was giving the Yankees a little too much credit," Adleman said. "They deserve it but I started to pound the strike zone after that. They are the best team in baseball. They beat us up last night and smacked around the Cubs over the weekend."
 
Starling Castro opened the fourth inning with a double.  Adleman walked Jaocoby Ellsbury but Aaron Judge hit into a 6-4-3 double play.  Gregorius blooped a single into right to drive in his second run of the contest.

Sabathia settled in and retired the next 10 batters until he hit Schebler with a pitch with two out in a scoreless fifth.

"He didn't find his cutter until later on," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

 Michael Lorenzen took over for Adleman in the sixth.  He got the first two out but walked Judge.  Gregorius singled, his third hit of the game. Lorenzen hit Chris Carter to load the bases but got Torreyes to ground into a force play.

Adleman pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Lorenzen pitched two scoreless innings. 

"I don't have to manage as much with Lorenzen and Iglesias going two innings," Price said.

Raisell Iglesias entered in the eighth  He allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for his sixth save.  Iglesias has not allowed a rin in his last five outings. 

"One inning, two innings or three innings, I'm ready to do what the manager asks me to do," Iglesias said.

The game ended with runners on first and second with one out, Sanchez lined to Suarez, who turned it into a double play.

"I was anticipating that way," Suarez said of the play.  "Iglesias always says thank you. He and Lorenzen get a lot of ground balls."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Reds Blasted By Bronx Bombers






Two years ago Rookie Davis was working toward making a start for the New York Yankees. On Monday he started against them in the 10-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers.

The 24-year old was the Yankees’ 14th round selection in the 2011 draft.  Davis spent four years in the Yankee system but was traded to the Reds on December 28, 2015 for Aroldis Chapman.

He and young Yankee slugger Aaron Judge exchange texts regularly, having been brought through the New York system together.  Judge was not in the lineup but the other Yankess treated Davis like a step-child, scoring three runs in the first inning and one in the second.

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Brett Gardner hit a ground ball too wide of first for Joey Votto to get but Jose Peraza fielded it and made a clean throw to Davis covering. But Davis couldn’t find the base and was charged with an error.  Aaron Hicks followed with a hard single. Davis struck out Matt Holliday.  Jacoby Ellsbury took some tough pitches for a walk.  Gary Sanchez and former Reds’ prospect Didi Gregorius singled for the three runs.

"Rookie was aggressive," Bryan Price said. "They were recognizing the slider out of his hand and didn't bite on them.  It is a new pitch for him.  He has some work to do on it.  It was like Homer Bailey when I first got here. He would throw one just off the plate and they would take it.  Sometimes it's just a new grip that makes it look like a fastball out of their hands then it breaks away from a right-hander and in on the back foot of a left-hander."

The Reds scored in the first inning for the fourth straight game.

Billy Hamilton singled against Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka. Red hot Zack Cozart singled to right as Hamilton raced to third.  Votto singled and the Reds had a run in and no outs.  Adam Duvall flied to left.  Eugenio Suarez hit into a double play.

The Yankees got to Davis again in the second inning.

Another former Reds’ prospect, Ronald Torreyes singled to open the inning.  Tanaka bunted Torreyes to second.  With two outs, Hicks singled him home.

Davis settled in, pitching two scoreless innings.  He struck out the side in the fourth.

"I have to find my release point," Davis said.  "The pitch count got up. I have to do a better job of executing my pitches.. The last two starts I pounded the zone pretty well but pitching fewer than six innings to me is unacceptable."

The Reds wasted a New York sized opportunity in the fourth.,  Holliday, playing first base absent the designated hitter, couldn’t handle Chase Headley’s throw on Duvall’s grounder.  Suarez singled and Scott Schebler hit a smash that ate up Holliday at first to load the bases.  The inning that could have turned momentum around ended abruptly.  Peraza popped out to Torreyes at second on the first pitch.  Tucker Barnhart hit a high hopper right at secondbase the Gregorius turned into an easy double play.

The Yankees got two straight one-out singles from Holliday and Ellsbury.  Austin Brice relieved Davis and gave up a run scoring single to Sanchez.

Davis finished with 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs, four earned.on seven hits and three walks. He struck otu four.

The Reds scored an unearned run in the fifth. Arismendy Alcantara singled. Cozart forced Alcantara for the second out of the inning.  Votto reached on Headley’s error and Duvall’s single plated Cozart.

The game went south when Drew Storen couldn’t hit his spots but plunked three Yankees. in the seventh.  Storen hit Hicks, Sanchez and Headley and walked Holliday.  Torreyes singled in another run but Hamilton threw Sanchez out at the plate.

It was the first time that a Reds' pitcher hit three batters in an inning since Raul Sanchez hit three Phillie batters in the eighth inning of the first game of a doubleheader.

Wandy Peralta hit Gardner in the ninth inning.

"It was a very unusual inning.  There was no intent," Price said.

Joey Votto’s two-run home run got the runs back, temporarily.

Gardner hit a two-run home run off Barrett Astin and Holliday hit a solo shot in the ninth.  Ellsbury walked for the third time and Sanchez reached base for the fifth time with his third single of the game. \\

"We didn't play very well," Price said. "They got momentum and laid some lumber on the young guy."

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scott Feldman Throws Complete GAme Shutout Against Giants






It was simple request.

Scott Feldman approached Reds manager Bryan Price after eight innings and asked politely if coming out of the game was negotiable.

Feldman blanked the Gaiants 4-0 with the aid of home runs by Zack Cozart and Scott Schebler and nifty defense from Cozart, Jose Peraza and Joey Votto.

“After the eighth inning, I got an extra shot of adrenaline and asked Bryan if I could stay in the game,” Feldman said.  “He showed confidence in me which is great.”

The Reds had Wandy Peralta and Raisell Iglesias warming in the bullpen.

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Feldman completed his third career, complete game shutout and his first since August 30, 2014 for Houston against the Texas Rangers.  He also threw one on September 9, 2013 for Baltimore against the Chicago White Sox.

It was the first by a Reds’ starter since August 27, 2016 when Anthony DeSclafani pitched one at Arizona.

“He was pitch efficient. He’s a veteran. You have to treat veterans like veterans,” Price said. ‘I never felt he was in trouble. He got a lot of ground balls. It was all on his shoulder.”

Feldman didn’t allow one of the four Giants hits until Hunter Pence led off the fourth with a ground single up the middle.

The Giants got a runner to third with one out in the fifth.  Christian Arroyo doubled and went to third with one out.  He got a fly out to short right by Gorkys Hernandez and a nice bare handed play by Zack Cozart to end the inning. Hernandez led off the eighth with a double but two ground outs and a strike out finished the Giants off that inning.  The ninth was a 1-2-3 inning.

‘I think he’s been pitching pretty well all year,” said Zack Cozart, who hit his second home run to give the Reds a four-run margin.  “He works fast and pumps strikes.  You get a lot of plays made behind you when you do that.”

Reds Sweep Giants Over Former Ace Johnny Cueto Reds Scott Feldman Throwe Shut Out






Johnny Cueto was asked last night if he was going to shutout his former team.

‘They hot,” Cueto replied. The Reds scored 27 runs in the first two games of the series. 

Cueto kept the Reds in check but they scored two unearned runs in the first inning and added home runs by Scott Schebler and Zack Cozart to ride Scott Feldman’s finest start of the season to a 4-0 win.  The Reds swept the Giants at GABP since July or 2013.

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Shortstop Christian Arroyo didn’t do Cueto any favors. He bobbled Billy Hamilton’s hard ground ball to open the game.  Singles by Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett, netted two runs.  Schebler hit his ninth home run off Cueto in the third.  Cozart hit his second of the season after Hamilton walked, took second on a balk and was thrown out stealing third.  Hamilton beat the throw but over slid the bag, costing the Reds a fifth run.

Feldman hit a batter and walked one but didn’t allow a hit until Hunter Pence singled to start the fourth inning.  He took a shutout into the eighth inning.  Gorkys Hernandez opened inning with a double.  Michael Morse batted for Cueto.  When Feldman struck him out he became the first Reds’ starter to pitch more than seven innings.

Cueto was ace-like, completing seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk.  He struck  out 10 Reds.

Feldman kept the Giants from scoring in the eighth in spite of the leadoff double by getting Joe Panik and Brandon Belt out on ground balls to Votto with Feldman covering.  Feldman was brought out to go for a complete game.

He had to navigate through Pence, Buster Posey and Conor Gillespie to complete his third career shutout.







Reds Send Amir Garrett To Louisvile





The Reds are sending you ace Amir Garrett back to Louisville and recalling reliever Barrett Astin from Louisville.

Garrett goes to the minor leagues, arguably, the Reds best starter in 2017 but there is strategy involved.  Garrett, 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA and quality starts in five of six outings, leads the Reds in innings with 36, an average over six per start.  That would put him on pace to pitch 198 innings this year.  The Reds feel that is too big a jump from the 144 2/3 he pitched last season.

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“We’ve got two days off,” Bryan Price said. “We’ve got the day off after the Yankees series on Wednesday and then again on the following Monday, so we have the ability to skip a starter. That being said, Amir’s been our most effective starter to this point. But the thing we’ve had to keep our mind’s eye on is his overall innings for the year. He pitched 145 last year in the minor leagues, so we’re not going to take him to 200, to 190, 200, 210, 220. We knew, and we talked to all of our young pitchers when spring training ended about the possibilities and probabilities of some of these guys flipping out so we could control their innings.”

The Reds recalled Astin to give them an extra bullpen arm while Garrett rests.

The Reds want the other starters to get the benefit of an extra day.

“Garrett pitches (in Louisville), but it’s really more for like an inning or two innings, just to cut him back,” Price said “If we can cut him back a couple of times this year in this type of a scenario – and then every now and again, perhaps after the All-Star Break, maybe we skip him a start if the innings are an issue – we can do that. But we can’t do that all through the year because that means that all the other guys are pitching on regular rest. They never get the extra day. With Bronson, Feldman, Rookie Davis, Adleman, you’re not going to want to do that. You don’t want these guys to have to pitch every fifth day and then not get that one extra day when we have a day off. It’s something we might be able to do in the second half. Certainly we can manage September a lot easier with the extra bodies. We had to make a smart decision here, and I think we did. He’ll be back in relative short order.”

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Reds Support Amir Garrett With An Avalanche Of Runs





The Reds bats battered Giants pitching for the second straight day turning in a 14-2 whooping on the San Francisco Giants to climb improve to 16-14 on the season.

The Reds have won five of six games on the homestand and fourth in a row.

Ty Blach couldn’t catch his breath.

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Billy Hamilton tripled to start the game, his second in two nights.  Hamilton was on base five times on Friday and scored four runs. Zack Cozart hit a deep fly to center to start the scoring.  Adam Duvall belted his ninth home run. 

Amir Garrett took the mound and has little trouble with the Giants in the first inning. The second inning was more torublesome.  Garrett’s walks to Buster Posey and Christian Arroyo put in a bad position.  Patrick Kivlehan just dropped an easy fly ball by Justin Ruggiano to surround Garrett with base runners.  To his credit, Garrett limited damage to two runs. One scored on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Nunez.  The other crossed the plate on Gorkys Hernandez’ double.

That was all that the Giants could muster off Garrett, who finished six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks.  He struck out two without his better stuff.

“I really didn’t have anything," Garrett said.. "I was able to lock in as much as I needed to and let them get themselves out.  The big cushion took the stress off.”

The Reds were just getting warmed up.  Jose Peraza reached on an error. Kivlehan singled. One out later, Garrett bunted the runners up 90 feet.  Hamilton’s second hit of the game, a double put the Reds back up by two.

Kivlehan made his fourth start and mentally had to overcome his second inning error.  His four hit game more than made up for it.  He lifted his season average to .357.

 “It was the worst way to start the game," Kivlehan said.. "I got that first hit and it took the stress off. A mistake like that lingers with you a little bit. Anyone who says it doesn’t isn’t telling the truth. It’s tough to lock back in.  I tried to relax as best I could.”

Brryan Price is trying to keep the bench sharp and ready when needed.

“Bench players live for an opportunity to start," Price said. "When a guy like Kivlehan comes in and gets four hits it is a big boost.”

It got worse for Blach.  Joey Votto walked to open the third. Duvall singled. Eugenio Suarez doubled. Jose Peraza’s groundball scored Votto.  Suarez scored on a wild pitch before Kivlehan hit his first home run of the year.  “I face him (Blach) a couple times in Triple A.  He just left the pitch up a little,.” Kivlehan said,

Devin Mesoraco singled.  Garrett’s bunt failed as he popped out to the catcher.  Hamilton singled again, reaching base for the eighth time in two games. Cozart drove in a run with a single. Votto hit a double scoring Hamilton.

Saurez hit his seventh home run off George Kontos in the fourth.  Duvall had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Doubles by Cozart and Alcantara plated one run and Scooter Gennett’s single drove in the 14th run. 

Robert Stephenson finished the game to record his first career save.

"It was a three inning save where he was sharp," Price said.

The Reds scored 13 against the Giants Friday night and with 14 tonight, the 27 runs was the first time they have scored that many in consecutive games since the totaled 27 in a two-games on May 28 and 29 against Houston in 2010.

“The great thing about baseball is all the anomalies. You enjoy it while it lasts but it is more likely you’ll go through stretches where you don’t score a lot of runs," Price said..”It is nice to have everyone swinging the bats well at the same time.

Former teammate Johnny Cueto faces the Reds on Sunday. He rode the elevator with the writers on his way out of the park.  A San Francisco writer asked if he was 'going to throw a shutout manana?"

"They hot," Cueto said.








St. John's Grads Miss Connection





Friday night it was Hernando High School night at Great American Ball Park as two grads faced each other.

Bronson Arroyo was the Reds’ starting pitcher.  He faced young Christian Arroyo who attended Hernando High 18 years after Bronson did.  Christian hit a home run off the older alum.

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On Saturday, two St. John’s University students were a potential matchup.  Reds’ starting pitcher Amir Garrett took the mound.  The Giants regular secondbaseman Joe Panik attended St. John’s.  Panik played baseball at St. John’s.  Garrett played basketball.

Panik, born October 30, 1990, batted .371 with 24 home runs and 48 doubles for the Redstorm. In his three seasons, Panik knocked in 156 runs in 166 games.

Garrett averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 55 college games for St. John’s until he transfered to Cal State - Northridge.   Garrett was born on May 3, 1992

The meeting would come to a head but Panik got the day off from manager Bruce Bochy with the left-handed Garrett pitching.  Kelby Tomlinson started at secondbase instead.

“I’ve never met him,” Panik said.  “It’s cool though.  It doesn’t matter if it’s baseball or basketball, another St. John’s guy in the majors. There’s been a few Johnnies in the majors. The more the merrier.”

St. John’s alumni who played for the Reds and Giants.

John Franco, Rich Aurillia, Frank Viola, and C.J. Nitkowski, the Reds first pick in 1994, played for the Reds.  Terry Bross pitched two innings for the Giants in 1993.  He was on St. John’s 1984-85 Final Four team.  He is now an agent with one of his clients, the Reds’ Bronson Arroyo.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bronson Arroyo's Arm Reds' Bats Cut Giants Down To Size





The ancient Reds’ starter, Bronson Arroyo, had plenty of help from his friends in carving the Giants up in a 13-3 triumph in the rain.

The game was delayed two hours past Arroyo’s nap time but the veteran pitched 5 1/3 soggy innings before leaving with runners on second and third.  Blake Wood came on in relief.

The Reds jumped on Matt Cain with both feet in the first inning.
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Billy Hamilton walked and Zack Cozart singled the speedster to third.  Joey Votto’s sacrifice fly started the scoring.  Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza singled in succession to score two more.

  “We laid off a lot of tough pitches early and made Cain work," Bryan Price said.. "We had a lot of good at bats. Everyone in the starting lineup was on base twice.”

Young Christian Arroyo, who attended Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida, hit his third home run of the season off Bronson Arroyo, who also attended Hernando High.  Christian, the Giants first pick in the 2013 draft, was born three days before Bronson was chosen in the third round of the 1995 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 “We went to the same high school 18 years apart.  We had the same coach. A.J. Pierzynski is from there too.  There must be something in the water in that little town," Bronson Arroyo said.

“I went to his house when he was drafted to let him know what to expect," Arroyo said. "You have to find what works for you.  Do you go home and get a pizza or go out in bars?  You have to find out what works for you.  Sometimes you look back and wish you had done something better.”

The Reds were just getting started at the plate.
Hamilton and Cozart walked again.  Hamilton stole second and third.  Cozart stole second while Votto walked.  Suarez drove in two runs with a single. Schebler followed with his second hit but Votto was out at the plate fo end the inning.

Arroyo retired six straight, gave up a single and induced a double play to get the the fifth.

 “It was 100 percent better.  The two left-handers at the top of the order are tough on me. The arm felt normal today. I could have gone back out there.  I threw 95 pitches and felt good.  The rest of my body is catching up. I can do the normal things now.”

The Reds weren’t finished with Cain, who allowed only three runs in his last 23 innings.

Peraza singled again, stole second and scored on Hamilton’s single in the third.  Cain couldn’t survive the fourth despite a base path faux pas by the Reds.  Votto walked and Adam Duvall singled. Suarez hit a line drive over Hunter Pence to the base of the wall.  Votto stopped at third and Duvall was going to third while Suarez chugged to second.  Suarez was tagged out.  Schebler was intentionally walked to load the bases,  Peraza unloaded them with a triple, his third hit off Corey Gearrin.  The Reds added a run in the fifth.

Peraza was 3-for-4 and reached on an error.  He is hitting .385 in his last nine games.

 “I’ve been feeling good since day one. Somtimes things don’t go the way that you want it to,” Peraza said through interpreter Julio Morillo.  “I trust in my hands and the things that I do. Hopefully now the hits start coming.”

He was dropped from the second spot in the batting order to seventh.

The important thing is that I’m in the lineup. It doesn’t matter if I’m second or eighth or fourth,” Peraza said.

Eduardo Nunez and Nick Hundley doubled off Arroyo to score in the fifth.  The Giamts added an unearned marker in the sixth after Arroyo left,when Wood got Connor Gillespie to ground out.

“Bronson was able to pitch into the sixth. They squared him up early but he felt good after 5 1/3. He could have gone back out there.  That’s a good sign," Price said.

A walk to Scotter Gennett, Hamilton’s triple on which he was tempted to try for an inside-the-park home run, followed by a double by Cozart scored two more.

Schebler's RBI single capped the scoring.

Austin Brice made his Reds’ debut in the eighth. He pitched two scoreless innings.









Jose Peraza Drops In The Lineup Raises His Average





Jose Peraza has had a slow start statistically. 

The last eight games the 23-year old from Barinas, Venezuela is hitting .314 with an on-base percentage of .314.  Peraza has walked twice all year.

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The low OBP has caused Peraza to drop from hitting second in the batting order to seventh.  The move has two purposes.  Peraza hasn’t been getting on base frequently enough.  His propensity to make contact cost Billy Hamilton pitches to grab a stolen base.

Peraza isn’t doing anythnig differently, balls he hits are dropping in or finding holes.

“I’ve been feeling good since day one. Somtimes things don’t go the way that you want it to,” Peraza said through interpreter Julio Morillo.  “I trust in my hands and the things that I do. Hopefully now the hits start coming.”

Peraza started last season at Louisville and hit a respectable .281 in 71 games. He was promoted to Cincinnati and hit .324 in 72 games, giving the Reds promise that Peraza would be an offensive catalyst at the top of the lineup.

Bryan Price, who had hope that Peraza and Hamilton would get on base and provide speed at the top of the lineup, dropped Peraza to seventh because his OBP was .256. The league average is .253.  Since hits started falling, He raised his batting average from .217 to .248 and his OBP from .256 to .274.

The drop in the order doesn’t cause Peraza to lose sleep.

“The important thing is that I’m in the lineup. It doesn’t matter if I’m second or eighth or fourth,” Peraza said.

The Reds have also asked Peraza to shift back and forth between shortstop and secondbase.  He has spelled Zack Cozart at short for rest days and a couple of minor injuries.

“I feel good whether I play second or short. Like I said, I’m in the lineup and that’s most important<” Peraza said.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reds Tarnish Pitcher Of The Month Down Ivan Nova





Ivan Nova, the Pittsburgh Pirates starter, was named ML Pitcher of the Month. The Reds tarnished the trophy with a 4-2 win to take 3-of-4 in the series.

Nova entered the game with a 3-2 record, a 1.50 ERA, two complete games in five starts and an average start of seven innings per game.  Amazingly, he walked fewer batters than he had complete games, one.
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“I’m like a kid with a new toy,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

In contrast Tim Adleman started the season in Triple A.  He started the game with an 0-1 record and a 4.70 ERA in two starts.  In his last outing in St. Louis, Adleman allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

It seemed a mismatch was afoot.

“We played good ball in this series and the one in Pittsburgh," Bryan Price said. "We took on some pretty good pitchers in Nova and Taillon. The guys are playing good. They’re playing together.”




 The Reds climbed back to the .500 mark at 14-14.

The Pirates’ rookie from South Afica, Gift Ngoepe doubled to score Francisco Cervelli in the second inning as Nova retired the first six Reds.

Arismendy Alcantara starting at secondbase, moving Jose Peraza to short to give Zack Cozart a day off, singled.  It was the first of three for Alcantara, who raised his average from .238 to .333.

“With the exception of Gennett, they’re not going to play a lot," Price said.  "For Arismendy to go in an pick up a game and do well its a big boost.”


The second time through the lineup the Reds caught up to Nova.

Peraza singled sharply to right to open the fourth frame. Joey Votto’s double to the gap that forced centerfielder Andrew McCutchen to make a sliding stop, scored Peraza from firstbase. Adam Duvall singled to the same gap.  This time McCutchen cut the ball off quicker and threw Duvall out at second while Votto crossed the plate.

The Reds added two more in the fifth.

Billy Hamilton singled and stole second, his 16th of the season and 200th of his career.

 “It is a big comfort with Votto and Duvall batting after me," Hamilton said.. " With them guys, you don’t have to steal a base every single pitch.  It takes a little pressure off me knowing I don’t have to steal every base. Those guys can drive me in from first base. I don’t have to get to secondbase just to score.”

 Votto doubled again. This time Duvall shot a ball down the leftfield line that bounced away from Gregory Polanco for a triple.

 “I’d hate to see Billy on another team and worry about him," Price said. " It’s not just stolen bases, its going first to third on a single.”


Back-to-back doubles with two out in the sixth by Josh Bell and Cervelli off Adleman cut the lead in half.

Aldeman and Nova left after six stanzas. “Adleman was terrific," Price said.. "He was great. He threw strikes and went right after them  He didn’t get himself in trouble.”

Adleman alowed two runs on six hits and one walk, striking out five.

 “You want to keep the Pirates at bay as best you can," Adleman said." I want to go deeper in the game. If you told me before the game that I’d go six with two earned, I’d probably take it. I definitely feel that I have shown people that I can help the teams here and help the Reds. I am happy to be here.”

Nova gave up four runs on 10 hits but still has only one walk on the season, as he issued no free passes to the Reds.  He also struck out five.

Michael Lorenzen relieved Adleman.  He retired six straight.

Raisel Iglesias entered the ninth with three straight scoreless appearances and a 1.17 ERA.  He earned his fifth save of the season.




Devin Mesoraco Home Run More Meaningful Milestone





Devin Mesoraco was just 19 when the Reds took him with their first pick in the 2007 draft. Like most people at that age, the native of Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania, assumed every day would be filled with progress.  They have confidence. They have no concept of real adversity that will lie in store.

Once in the Major Leagues the thrills start to be checked off first game, first hit, first home run.

It took the catcher just three plus years to breeze through the minor leagues, reaching the Reds in 2011.  At three months past his 21st birthday he hit his first home run off the Cubs Rodrigo Lopez.
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"As a rookie, I was a big prospect guy. I knew I was going to get a lot of opportunities,” Mesoraco said.

Mesoraco was an All-Star in 2014 at the age of 26.  He signed a four-year contract extension in January 2015 which tied him to the Reds through 2018.

Adversity bit him early that spring.

Mesoraco tried to help the team as a pinch hitter.  He was working with Billy Hatcher to learn the to play leftfield because a hip impingement prevented him from squatting behind the plate. On May 25 he was shut down for the season after 23 games, having surgery on June 26 to repair his left hip.. 

After putting in a lot of work, he was in spring training in 2016 then his left shoulder acted up. It was repaired by having labrum surgery on his left shoulder.  He also had surgery on his right hip this time.

The Reds eased the catcher back into playing shape, Mesoraco had to pass tests before he would move on to the next activity.  The graduation from the battery of tests ended on Friday (4/28/17) in St. Louis.

Mesoraco hit a long drive to the upper dek in the sixth inning off Trevor Williams on Wednesday to put the Reds up 7-0..


It ended nearly three seasons of an injury riddled drought that limited the Reds’ catcher to 39 games the past two seasons.  Mesoraco last homered on September 23, 2014 off the Brewers’ Mike Friers, 117 at bats ago.

Mesoraco hit a long drive to the upper dek in the sixth inning off Trevor Williams to put the Reds up seven zip. It was the 42nd home run of his career.


It ended nearly three seasons of an injury riddled drought that limited the Reds’ catcher to 39 games the past two seasons.  Mesoraco last homered on September 23, 2014 off the Brewers’ Mike Friers, 117 at bats ago.
It was a lot of hard work by not onlyMesoraco, but a large group of trainers and coaches in the Reds’ system that got him back and provide more meaning to the long awaited home run.


'I would say this one kind of means a little bit more than my first Major League home run," Mesoraco said. “Coming back after everything that happened; getting to go out and have a chance to help the team. I am very thankful. I feel I owe them a good performance after not being available the last couple years. I feel like there was never any doubts in my mind that I would all happen, the hits and home runs and being able to be a good player, but it is rewarding all the hard work and all the people that helped me get to this position.  It definitely means a lot with the training staff, Don Long.throughout the last couple years. I'm very thankful for the people around me."


Reds Send Reed Out Recall Austin Brice





The Reds sent Cody Reed to Triple A Louisville on Thursday and recalled Austin Brice to replace Reed in the Reds’ bullpen.

Reed pitched two innings against the Pirates on Wednesday, allowing two runs on a home run by Andrew McCutchen but it was four walks that was the catalyst for his demotion.

“We needed to get Cody some steady work at Triple A and we had to get a fresh arm up here,” Bryan Price said.  “They (Reed and Robert Stephenson) can’t be here and average 10 innings a month. The obvious move is to keep them working in Louisville unless they’re getting regular time here on our roster.”

The other component is performance and Reed hasn’t shown the type of command he needs to stay.
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“We talked to Cody yesterday before the game,” Price said. “We talked about how to get him in more frequently. One thing there has to be reliability in your command. Everybody comes up here (Major League) gets hit from time to time. The message we want to send to everybody in our organization, you have to be able to throw strikes. He can’t he;s struggled  I don’t know if it’s pitching out of the bullpen. I don’t know what it is specifically. He hasn’t shown the command he showed a year ago and this spring.”

Brice came to the Reds in the trade for Dan Straily with the Marlins.  Brice, 24, was a ninth round pick in the 2010 draft for the Marlins and broke in last season pitching in 15 games with an 0-1 record and 7.07 ERA   He had a 3.50 ERA through 13 appearances but in his last two outings he gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

This spring Brice was never able to show what he could do.  He had a problem with a nerve in his elbow.

“I was topping out at 90. It was bad,” Brice said. “I’m usually in mid 90‘s. I was getting some numbness from a nerve flare up.”

Brice wanted to make the team so he tried to pitch through it.

“Eventually, when you’re not doing so hot, all you’re doing is tearing your body up,” Brice said. “I went ahead and told Bryan and told the training staff.  It was just tough. I had to accept it for what it was. I had to go down to the minors and get innings. I’m hoping I can help the team out.”

Rest and rehab work in Arizona allowed Brice to come back.

“The rehab in Arizona was beyond fantastic,” Brice said.  “Those guys went over board in helping me out.’

Brice worked with former Major League pitcher James Baldwin in Arizona, who is the Reds rehabilitation pitching coach.

“Crazy enough I played with James’ son in North Carolina. (Brice is from Pittsboro, NC but was actually born in Hong Kong). It’s a small world. He was like an AAU coach. James was playing when I was knee high. He was an All-Star. He knows his stuff. He was fun to work with. I got to see his son in spring training. It was pretty cool.”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco End Droughts, Drown Pirates




Crosby Stills and Nash sang it....It’s been a long time coming, It’s been a long time gone.

Billy Hamilton and Devin Mesoraco know the feeling.  Both homered in the Reds’ 7-2 takedown of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hamilton’s home run that left the yard as fast as he can run, was his first since he hit one on June 28, 2016 off the Cubs Jon Lester, a span of 319 at bats.  It was the third longest home run drought behind to Pete Kozma and Adeiny Hechavarria.

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The three-run blast to the Bucs’ bullpen doubled the lead it gave to its young starter Rookie Davis.  Eugenio Suarez blasted his sixth of the season off the Pirates’ young starter James Taillon, who entered the game 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, in the first inning. Zack Cozart was on base with a single. Joey Votto had a signature walk preceding Suarez bomb.

"I have been trying to be ready for pitch one," said Hamilton who hit the first pitch out. "I've been trying to stop pulling out so much. A couple of days ago, if I had the same approach tonight as I did a couple days ago, I wouldn't have even touched that ball."

Davis was in trouble most of his five innings but was able to pitch out of jams in five scoreless innings. He retired the first four batters butloaded the bases in the second but escaped.  The Pirates stranded two in the third and left the bases loaded in the fourth.  Gregory Polanco reached on catcher’s interference in the sixth but a slick stop down the line by Votto was turned into a 3-6 double play.

'The biggest thing was to keep myself composed and compete," said Davis, who had family members watching his first career win on TV in North Carolina. "This first win is pretty special."

Davis was kicked around in his last start against Milwaukee. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs.

"It was simplifying the game. I spoke with Feldy (Scott Feldman) and (Drew (Storen) about it. I also talked with Price about it. We talked about taking the extras out of it  When I'm out there it's my mound. I have to treat it that way and that's what I did today. I don't know if you recall with Josh Harrison at third, the extra movements that he was doing. If you want to try to steal home go ahead.  It is situations like that it doesn't really matter whatever extras are going on."

Davis lasting five innings showed Bryanj Price progress.

"With a young pitcher anytime they go that extra inning, it's a big deal," Price said. "Then you get to nine and build expectations to go nine all the time."

Mesoraco hit a long drive to the upper dek in the sixth inning off Trevor Williams to put the Reds up seven zip.

It ended nearly three seasons of an injury riddled drought that limited the Reds’ catcher to 39 games the past two seasons.  Mesoraco last homered on September 23, 2014 off the Brewers’ Mike Friers, 117 at bats ago.

'I would say this one kind of means a little bit more than my first Major League home run," Mesoraco said. "As a rookie, I was a big prospect guy. I knew I was going to get a lot of opportunities. Coming back after everything that happened; getting to go out and have a chance to help the team. I am very thankful. I feel I owe them a good performance after not being available the last couple years. I feel like there was never any doubts in my mind that I would all happen, the hits and home runs and being able to be a good player, but it is rewarding all the hard work and all the people that helped me get to this position.  It definitely means a lot with the training staff, Don Long.throughout the last couple years. I'm very thankful for the people around me."

Cody Reed relieved Davis, whose Houdini Act cost him 91 pitches in five frames.  Reed pitched two innings and gave up Andrew McCutchen’s fifth home run with one of the troubling four passes he issued on base.

Drew Storen and Raisell Iglasias finished off the Pirates for the Reds fifth win in six games over their Central Division rivals.

Reds Prospect Oak Hills Grad Comes Back With More Than A New Pitch






It has been a long wait for Reds prospect and Oak Hills grad Joel Bender, who had elbow surgery last February. Bender is expecting to return to live action. He is also expecting a new role that has nothing to do with baseball.  Bender and Trina are expecting the birth of their first child on Friday. Bender will take on a new role as father and backup diaper changer.  He will have to come in in relief in the wee hours of the morning.

He has thrown three live batting practice sessions in extended spring in Goodyear, Arizona.    Bender, who is on the Reds’ Double A roster at Pensacola, is expected to start pitching in minor league games the following Friday.
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“I feel good,” Bender said. “My velocity is the same as it was before. I have the same curveball. I have been working on change up.with James Baldwin (rehabilitation pitching coach). I am a reliever and you only need two pitches but the change up gives me another pitch to use. I learned that at Triple A they don’t chase pitches out of the strike zone like the younger hitters do.”

Bender, 26, was taken in the 27th round out of Oak Hills in the 2010 draft. This is his seventh season iin the Reds’ system.  He is 21-14 with a 4.33 ERA in 156 minor league games. The left-handed Bender, last pitched in 2015. He made stops at Daytona, Pensacola and Louisville, working in 47 games, including a start at Louisville. Bender pitched in four games for the Bats in which he allowed one run in 10 1/3 innings.  Altogether, he had a 4-2 record with a 3.61 ERA in 82 1/3 innings. Bender walked 27 and struck out 72.

Bender learned the new pitch but now has to learn how to change a diaper. 

He was coached to put the diaper in the shape of a baseball diamond.  He holds a conference with the secondbaseman or shortstop meeting the catcher on the mound, folding second base of the diaper to home plate.  He puts the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Then calls in the infield to discuss a bunt play and pins the diaper.

Colerain UC Grad Ryan Atkinson Promoted To Visalia Joins Princeton's Vince Harrison





The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Colerain and University of Cincinnati Grad Ryan Atkinson to Advanced A Visalia.of the California League.

Atkinson, who was signed by the Diamondbacks last summer, will start tonight against the Stockton Pilots, an Oakland Athletics farm team at 7:00 eastern time.  You can hear the game at this link...  http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t516.
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Atkinson started four games at Kane County of the Midwest League before he was promoted in the Arizona system headed by former Red and Moeller grad, Mike Bell, the Diamondbacks vice president of player development.

Atknson was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA with Kane County.  His first three starts were outstanding covering 17 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs for a 1.53 ERA. Atkinson walked two and struck out 19 in those games.  His last start wasn’t as good.  He pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing seven runs on five hits and five walks, but Arizona liked the way he was throwing and promoted him to Visalia.

The Rawhide team employs former Princeton grad Vince Harrison, the older brother of the Pittsburgh Pirates thirdbaseman Josh Harrison.

Atkinson got his first win at Visalia on Wednesday.  He pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out eight.