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Improved Cubs beat Reds in 11, 7-3; bullpen at fault as Badenhop suffers loss


56,058 Mike Leake Reds starter On his 7 inning, 9 strikeout performance vs. Cubs 4 24 2015

56,061 Jay Bruce Reds RF On team not producing vs. Cubs with RISP 4 24 2015

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo was a thorn in the side of the Reds going with a hR and 2 RBI's (2013 photo by bengrey via wikipedia commons)

Cubs LF Chris Coghlan hit a game-tying HR in the 7th inning off Mike Leake (2014 photo by David, dbking via wikipedia commons)

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds have had their problems this season with the bullpen.

Last night in their game against the Chicago Cubs, Jumbo Diaz, Aroldis Chapman and J.J. Hoover pitched well.

But in the 11th inning, Burke Badenhop, who is supposed to be a groundball pitcher, saw his pitches hit all over the park in the air as the improved-Cubs scored four runs on four hits to win 7-3.

The Cubs have now beaten the Reds three out of four games this season. It is usually the other way around.

This weekend, the Reds are  celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise’s 1990 World Series championship, both teams wore throwback uniforms from that season.

There were 30 total strikeouts in the game, 16 for Cubs pitchers and 14 for the Reds. The starting pitchers, Jon Lester for Chicago punched out 10 and the Reds’ Mike Leake, who is not known as a strikeout artist, sent down 9 batters.

There were 39,891 fans in attendance at Great American Ball Park, who saw the Reds go 0-14 with Runners in Scoring Position.




* 25th ANNIVERSARY: More than 30 members of the wire-to-wire 1990 World Series championship team are scheduled to attend festivities this weekend at Great American Ball Park, including Todd Benzinger, Glenn Braggs, Tom Browning, Keith Brown, Norm Charlton, Eric Davis, Rob Dibble, Mariano Duncan, Kip Gross, Chris Hammond, Billy Hatcher, Danny Jackson, Barry Larkin, Terry Lee, Terry McGriff, Hal Morris, Randy Myers, Paul Noce, Ron Oester, Paul O’Neill (Saturday only), Joe Oliver, Luis Quinones, Sam Perlozzo, Jeff Reed, Jose Rijo, Ron Robinson, Rolando Roomes, Chris Sabo, Scott Scudder, Stan Williams and Herm Winningham….tonight, a meet-and-greet with select members of the team will be held at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m….also tonight, the Reds and Cubs are wearing 1990 throwback uniforms…members of that team will be honored on the field prior to the post-game fireworks show…tomorrow, pre-game ceremonies will begin on the field at 12:30

* SERIES NOTES: Over the last 3 seasons the Reds are 26-15 vs the Cubs and over the last 4 seasons are 38-19 vs Chi…since the Cubs won 10-15g in 2009, the Reds have won the last 5 season series vs Chi (12-4 in 2010, 11-7 in 2011, 12-4 in 2012, 14-5 in 2013, 11-8 in 2014)..

* Friday night is Game 1 of a 3-game series vs the Chicago Cubs and Game 1 of a 6-game homestand that includes an upcoming 3-game series vs the Milwaukee Brewers…the Reds are coming off an 11-day, 10-game road trip to Chi’s Wrigley Field (1-2), StL’s Busch Stadium (0-3) and Mil’s Miller Park (3-1)…following this homestand they head out again for their second consecutive 11-day, 10-game road trip, this time to Atl (4g), Pit (off day, 3g) and WSox (3g).

* RUNNIN’ REDLEGS: Reds baserunners began the season 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts, a franchise record to begin a season in the era in which caught stealing has been continuously recorded in the National League (since 1951)…that streak was snapped yesterday at Mil, when Billy Hamilton was thrown out at 2B by Martin Maldonado… the last Major League team to begin a season with at least 17 consecutive successful stolen base attempts was the 2007 Twins club that began 19-for-19…the Redlegs lead the Major Leagues with 17 team steals (Hou & Cubs, 16sb), and Billy Hamilton leads all Major League players with 9 stolen bases…courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.

* GRAND SLAMMING: The Reds’ 16-10 win Tue at Mil was only the fourth game in Major League history that featured 3 grand slams…Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier hit slams for the Reds and Elian Herrera for the Brewers…the other 3 games featured the Yankees (3) and Athletics on 8/25/11, the Rangers (1) and Orioles (2) on 8/6/1986 and the Astros (1) and Cubs (2) on 6/3/1987 that included a grand slam by Hou’s Billy Hatcher off Chi’s Rick Sutcliffe…in Tue’s win at Mil, the Reds hit 2 grand slams in a game for the fourth time in franchise history, including 8/21/1999 vs Mtl (Aaron Boone, Eddie Taubensee), 4/24/1993 at Cubs (Chris Sabo, Joe Oliver) and 7/29/1955 vs Pit (Smoky Burgess, Bob Thurman).

* RIGHT SIDE: 1B Joey Votto & 2B Brandon Phillips have made 853 starts together, the most on the right side of the infield for any tandem in Reds history and second-most among active players behind Phi’s 1B Ryan Howard & 2B Chase Utley (1,089)…1B Frank McCormick & 2B Lonny Frey rank second in club history with 774 starts together.

* Sat vs Cubs: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (2-0, 0.86) vs RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 1.74)  1:10 Sun vs Cubs: RHP Jason Marquis (1-1, 7.20) vs LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 3.24)  1:10 Mon vs Mil: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-2, 1.86) vs RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 1.35) 7:10 Tue vs Mil: RHP Homer Bailey (0-1, 5.56) vs RHP Kyle Lohse (1-3, 7.94)  7:10 Wed vs Mil: RHP Mike Leake vs RHP Matt Garza (1-2, 5.40 + tonight vs StL)

* REDS PITCHERS Rank 10th in the National League in team ERA (3.89)…on the road trip went 4-6, 4.22 (85.1ip, 40er, 12hr)…have allowed at least 1 home run in 13 of the first 16g (18hr).

* REDS STARTERS Rank sixth in the National League in starting staff ERA (3.44)…on the road trip went 4-4, 3.72 (65.1ip, 27er, 8hr)…in 4g since Sun’s 2-1 loss at StL are 3-0, 2.70 (26.2ip, 8er)…3 times this season were the victims of blown saves (Cueto, Marquis, Leake).

* REDS RELIEVERS Rank last in the National League in bullpen ERA (5.01)…on the road trip went 0-2, 5.85 (20ip, 13er, 4hr) and converted 2-3 save opps…Aroldis Chapman converted each of the bullpen’s last 2 save opps.

* REDS BATTERS Rank 14th in the National League in team batting (.221)…on the 4-6 road trip hit .227 (77-329, 39r), including .297 with RISP (19-64)…Reds baserunners began the season 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts, a franchise record to begin a season in the era in which caught stealing has been continuously recorded in the NL (since 1951, courtesy Elias Sports Bureau)…that streak was snapped yesterday at Mil, when Billy Hamilton was thrown out at 2B by Martin Maldonado.

* HEAD TO HEAD Beginning with the 2010 season the Redlegs are 61-30 vs the Cubs, tied for second-most wins by a team vs any opponent in that span: Braves vs Marlins 63-35 .643 Reds vs Cubs 61-30 .670 Nationals vs Mets 61-34 .642 Tigers vs White Sox 59-36 .621 Giants vs Diamondbacks 59-40 .596 Courtesy Stats, Inc.

* *SAVES BY PITCHERS BORN IN CUBA Pitcher SV SVO Pct. Years Aroldis Chapman 117 132 88.6 2010-15 Danys Baez 114 153 74.5 2001-11 Diego Segui 58 80 72.5 1962-77 Oscar Zamora 23 31 74.2 1974-78 Vladimir Nunez 21 38 55.3 1998-09 Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau * Since saves became an official statistic in 1969


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Milwaukee Brewers induct Red Schoendienst into Braves Honor Roll; 92-year-old has been in baseball for over 70 years

Red Schoendienst MLB (2013 photo by Arturo Paradavila via wikipedia commons)

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association recently inducted Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst into the Braves Honor Roll on Thursday, April 9. The Braves Honor Roll is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side (near the Main Gate).

he 92-year-old Schoendienst was unable to attend the unveiling event.

There are 13 additional members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, including Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012), Hank Aaron (2012), Gene Conley (2013) and Joe Torre (2014).

A 10-time All-Star, Schoendienst played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and the Milwaukee Braves. The second baseman appeared in 2,216 games, collected 2,449 hits and batted .289 lifetime. He was acquired by the Milwaukee Braves in a midseason trade from the Giants in 1957 and led the National League with 200 hits that season. His acquisition by the Braves played an integral role in claiming the 1957 World Series championship. The following season, Schoendienst appeared in 106 games for the Braves as he helped lead Milwaukee to a second straight pennant.

Altogether during his Major League career, Schoendienst finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times, including third in 1957. He later went on to manage the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1967 and a National League pennant in 1968. Schoendienst was voted into the Baseball of Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.

As of April 2015, Schoendienst is the oldest-living manager of a World Series-winning team.



Former MLB pitcher, longtime broadcaster Don Sutton to be inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

Don Sutton (2008 photo by Adam Fagen via wikipedia commons)

The Atlanta Braves announced recently that longtime broadcaster Don Sutton will be inducted to the Braves Hall of Fame this summer. The induction luncheon will take place on Monday, July 20, at the 755 Club in Turner Field, and will be followed by a pregame ceremony that evening when the Braves take on the Dodgers.

The Braves Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those players, managers, coaches and other individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the Braves franchise. Sutton will join Hank Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Bobby Cox, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, Chipper Jones, David Justice, Javy Lopez, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Greg Maddux, Rabbit Maranville, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, Dave Pursley, John Sain, John Smoltz, Paul Snyder, Warren Spahn, Ted Turner and Pete Van Wieren.

“Don has been an integral part of the Braves family for decades, and is most deserving of this honor,” said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. “Generations of Braves fans have been wowed by his knowledge and charmed by his ability to bring life to the broadcast. He is undoubtedly beloved throughout Braves Country.”

Before his broadcast days, Sutton had a stellar playing career that spanned 23 seasons. His Major League career was highlighted by 324 wins with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels. Sutton began his career in 1966 with the Dodgers, where he stayed for 16 years and achieved many of his personal bests. Following his time with the Dodgers, he spent intervals of time with the Astros, Brewers and Angels before retiring in 1988. Sutton ranks seventh on baseball’s all-time strikeout list with 3,574 and appeared in more than 750 games throughout his career.

In 1989, Sutton joined Turner Sports as an analyst for Braves telecasts on TBS and spent 18 years covering Atlanta. After a two-year stint with the Washington Nationals from 2007-2009, Sutton returned to the Braves broadcast team, where he still resides.

Sutton’s baseball accomplishments were recognized and celebrated in 1998 when he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tickets to the luncheon and induction ceremony can be purchased by calling the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame at 404-614-2310. Individual tickets are $150 and include the chance to sit with a current or former player, manager, coach or Braves Hall of Famer.

The Braves Museum & Hall of Fame is the starting point of Turner Field tours, and features more than 700 Braves artifacts and photographs that trace the team’s history from its beginnings in Boston (1871-1952) to Milwaukee (1953-65) to Atlanta (1966-present). Guided tours take visitors to many areas off limits during games, including the Braves press box, broadcast booth, dugout and more.





Best MLB lowest Fan Cost Index goes to Arizona Diamondbacks for ninth straight season

Chase Field view from the North (2011 photo by Cygnusloop99 via wikipedia commons)


PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks, @LosDbacks) have the lowest Fan Cost Index ($126.89) in Major League Baseball for the ninth consecutive season, it was announced by Team Marketing Report. The D-backs finished almost $85 below the industry average of $211.68. The Fan Cost Index is a representative look at the costs for a family of four to attend a MLB game. It has been computed annually by Team Marketing Report since 1991 and is comprised of four average tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking for one car and two adult-sized hats.

The Arizona Diamondbacks average ticket price of $17.98 for the 2015 season ranked second-lowest among all Major League clubs. The D-backs are nearly $11 below the MLB average ticket price of $28.94 in 2015. The D-backs Value Pack allows fans to purchase an Infield Reserve or Bleacher ticket, regular-size hot dog or a SUBWAY ® sandwich, 24-ounce Pepsi and SUBWAY® restaurants cookie for just $19 and $25, respectively, to any regular-season game at Chase Field.

This offseason, the team made significant investments into the fan experience at Chase Field, drastically improving the dining and merchandise experience without altering the team’s spot atop the Fan Cost Index rankings.

“It is our goal to always have affordable options for our fans at Chase Field and we take great pride in having the lowest Fan Cost Index in baseball year after year,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “We are particularly proud that we were able to keep our average ticket price flat and stay so far below the league average while adding several new amenities this season in the dining and merchandise experience at the ballpark.”

All-You-Can-Eat Seats are available starting at $34 and include unlimited access to ballpark traditions such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, peanuts, water and Pepsi soft drinks in a special section on the Diamond Level. The D-backs also offer Value Item pricing on six food items ranging from $1.50-$4 at various concession locations and several merchandise items priced below $10 are available at Team Shop locations throughout Chase Field. The team’s magazine, D-backs Insider, is also distributed free to all fans in the ballpark during each homestand.

In addition, the D-backs offer the best price for beer in baseball at $4, which is almost $2 below the MLB average beer price at $5.98.





Cleveland Indians announce Progressive Field tours to resume on May 1

Progressive Field view from right field (2006 photo by Chris Metcalf via wikipedia commons)


Cleveland, OH-The Cleveland Indians will resume tours of Progressive Field on Friday, May 1, with all proceeds benefiting Cleveland Indians Charities.

Fans can go behind the scenes to explore the most popular areas at the ballpark, including many typically not available to fans on gamedays. Those areas include (subject to change):

  • Home Run Porch
  • Heritage Park
  • Bullpens
  • The new Right Field District (including new neighborhood restaurants)
  • The Corner
  • Warning track
  • Visitors clubhouse (select days)
  • Home dugout
  • Batting cages
  • Terrace Club and Bob Feller exhibit (public tours only)

Tours are available in several packages:

  • Public: $10 for adults; $8 for children (14 and under) and senior citizens (60 and over)
  • Group: Group tours are available for $320 and include 40 tickets. Additional tickets are available at $8 each.
  • School: Cleveland Indians Charities presents a special tour program for schools.

Tour tickets can be purchased at the Progressive Field Team Shop, box office or by calling 216.420.HITS or emailing

Since Progressive Field opened in 1994, hundreds of thousands of patrons have toured Progressive Field and benefited Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC). CIC is the self-sustaining charitable arm of the Cleveland Indians that concentrates on creative partnerships with select organizations that focus on youth education and recreation. Since its inception in 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio.




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