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Archive for August 15th, 2019

Nationwide Children’s co-leader Viktor Hovland looking to secure PGA Card

Viktor Hovland at the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Finals. Taken at the OSU Scarlet course. By LostVoyage - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

VIKTOR HOVLAND PRESS CONFERENCE

65,227 Viktor Hovland 2019 NCHC 1st Round co leader 8 15 2019

 

Upper Arlington/Columbus – The popular Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is underway at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course this week.

It is part of the three event Korn Ferry playoffs.

The players in the playoffs are trying to finish 25th or better to regain their PGA TOUR playing status.

Ohio State alum and Upper Arlington native Bo Hoag is among 24 other players on the Korn Ferry Tour who have already locked up their cards. They qualified for the PGA TOUR through second criteria by finishing among the Top 25 in points during the regular season.

Viktor Hovland talks to the media after his very successful first round of the tournament (photo by Stuart Mason)

The 31-year-old Hoag, earned his card this past Sunday by winning the final Korn Ferry regular-season event in Portland, Oregon by defeating hometown favorite, Scott Harrington on the final two holes. Hoag saw his win catapult him from 31st to seventh in the season points total standings.

The 2019 tournament here, kicked off with Viktor Hovland, Cameron Perry and Doug Ghim leading the way.

21-year-old Hovland, from Norway, is tied with Perry at -7 under par, 64. Ghim came in third at -6 under 65.

One of the biggest names in the 138-player playoff field is Hovland. He is a product of Oklahoma State University just like Rickie Fowler. The 5’10, 195-pounder, just turned pro in June. He has played in some major PGA Tour events, finishing tied for 19th in the 2019 Masters Tournament and tied for 32nd in the 2019 U.S. Open.

Hovland was the low amateur in the Masters Tournament, finishing three under par in a tie for 32nd. With that performance he rose to number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.  In the U.S. Open, he finished in 12th place and was low amateur with a score of 280. That ended up as the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur in the U.S. Open, breaking the previous record of 282, set by “The Golden Bear” Jack Nicklaus in 1960. He then became the first player to win low amateur honors at both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season since Matt Kuchar in 1998.

Indians recall Phil Maton from AAA Columbus to strengthen bullpen

Phil Maton throwing for San Diego 2019 photo By Keith Allison CC BY SA 2.0-https commons.wikimedia.org

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians Thursday afternoon announced the following transactions relative to the 2019 Major League roster:

Recalled RHP PHIL MATON (#88) from AAA Columbus.

Optioned LHP LOGAN ALLEN to AAA Columbus.

Maton (MAY-tahn), 26, was acquired from San Diego on July 12 in exchange for international bonus pool allotments and is beginning his third stint with Cleveland. He was on Cleveland’s Major League roster, Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 7, but has yet to appear in a game. Around his tenure in Cleveland, he made nine relief outings in AAA Columbus, posting a 2.53 ERA (10.2IP, 5H, 3R/ER 4BB, 17SO, .143 avg, 14.3 SO/9.0IP). Prior to July 12, he split the season between AAA El Paso and San Diego, spending four stints at the Major League level with the Padres (7.77 ERA, 21ER/24.1IP). He recorded a 2.89 ERA in 13 relief outings in AAA El Paso (6ER/18.2IP).

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PRESS RELEASE COURTESY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Phillies claim former Reds reliever Jared Hughes off waivers

 

Jared Hughes Reds (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

 

The Phillies have claimed right-hander Jared Hughes off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, the club announced Thursday afternoon.

Hughes, 34, was 3-4 with one save and a 4.10 ERA in 47 games for the Reds this year, including a 1.93 ERA in 26 road games. In 10 appearances against National League East opponents this season, Hughes has posted a 1.88 ERA while holding hitters to a .188 batting average. He has pitched at least 2.0 innings in eight games this season and has a 1.00 ERA in those appearances.

Having spent his entire career in the National League, Hughes has a career record of 27-23 with 12 saves and a 2.83 ERA in 499 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-16), Milwaukee Brewers (2017) and Reds (2018-19). Over the last eight seasons (2012-19), Hughes has appeared in the third-most games (487) among NL relievers, trailing only Tony Watson (553) and Kenley Jansen (512).

To make room for Hughes on the 40-man roster, right-hander Edubray Ramos has been placed on the 60-day injured list.

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY PHILLIES MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Reds rookie RF Aristides Aquino setting world on fire in just 13 MLB games

 

Aristides Aquino Reds (courtesy MLB)

 

When the Cincinnati Reds made the three-team trade with the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians in which they sent Yasiel Puig, their 2nd-best power hitter to the Indians, fans were scratching their heads. But the team got RHP Trevor Bauer in return.

But the question remained, who would support Eugenio Suarez with hitting balls consistently into the seats.

Well, the Reds front office, who has made some daring moves this year that have improved the team. made another one. They brought up little-known Aristides Aquino to play in right field.

He did struggle his first few at bats, but since then “The Punisher” as he is called, has been sending balls into the seats at a surpring and alarming rate.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, 25-year-old from Dominican Republic. has become the first MLB player in history, since 1900, with 9 homers in his first 13 career games. Trevor Story, the Rockies shortstop, held the record previously with 8. Currently he has a .378 batting average with 9 homers and 17 RBI’s.

Aquino is not new to the Reds organization. He signed with the organization as an international free agent from the Dominican Prospect League in January 2011. In 2012, he played with the Dominican Summer League Reds. In 2013, he spent time with the Arizona League Reds and Billings Mustangs. The lanky outfielder, who is starting to remind people of former Reds CF Eric Davis due to his quick wrists, quick bat and wearing of #44, in 2015 played at Billings and with the Dayton Dragons. 2016, saw him play for the Daytona Tortugas and he was named Florida State League Player of the Year. After that season, the Reds put him on the 40-man roster.

Aquino did play for the Reds in 2018, but saw very limited action. After the season, he was non-tenedered a contract and thus became a free agent in November of 2018. The Reds front office, then had second thoughts and re-signed him to a minor-league deal on December 3, 2018.

He opened the 2019 season with the Reds AAA team, the Louisville Bats. . On August 1, the Reds selected Aquino’s contract and brought him back to the majors. The powerful youngster then hit seven home runs in his first ten major league games, tying the record of Rockies SS Trevor Story. On August 10, 2019, in a game against the Chicago Cubs, Aquino hit three home runs, becoming the first rookie in MLB history to hit a home run in three consecutive innings, and the second rookie after Bobby Estrellas to have a three home run game in his first ten career games.

REDS NOTES ON “THE PUNISHER”

*is the reigning National League Player of the Week…from 8/5-8/11 he led the Major Leagues in slugging percentage (1.364), tied for the lead in HR (6) and led the National League in hitting (.500) and RBI (11)…he is the first Reds rookie to win a Player of the Week award since RHP Chris Reitsma in April 2001 and the first Reds rookie position player since Hal Morris in July 1990.

*PLAYER OF THE MONTH Since his promotion on August 1, rookie RHP Aristides Aquino is tied for the Major League lead in HR (9) and RBI (17), leads the National League in slugging percentage (1.023) and ranks among the NL leaders in batting average (.386, 5th), on-base percentage (.426, T16th), hits (17, T9th) and extra-base hits (10, 4th).

*MOST HOME RUNS IN FIRST 14 CAREER GAMES Aristides Aquino …….. 9 ……….. 2018 – 2019 Trevor Story, Col ………. 8 …………………. 2016 Since 1900, Courtesy @EliasSports Aquino played in 1 game in 2018

*MOST HOME RUNS IN FIRST 12 CAREER GAMES Aristides Aquino …….. 8 ……….. 2018 – 2019 Yordan Alvarez, Hou …. 7 …………………. 2019 Trevor Story, Col ………. 7 …………………. 2016 Trey Mancini, Bal ……… 7 ……….. 2016 – 2017 Dino Restelli, Pit ………. 7 …………………. 1949 Since 1900, Courtesy @EliasSports Aquino played in 1 game in 2018

*MOST HOME RUNS IN FIRST 10 GAMES FOR THE REDS Aristides Aquino ….. * 7 ……….. 2018 – 2019 Corey Patterson ……….. 4 …………………. 2008 Josh Hamilton ………….. 4 …………………. 2007 Juan Encarnacion …….. 4 …………………. 2002 Ron Gant ………………… 4 …………………. 1995 Brian R. Hunter ………… 4 ……….. 1994 – 1995 Gus Bell ………………….. 4 …………………. 1953 Ron Northey ……………. 4 …………………. 1950 Since 1900, Courtesy @EliasSports * Tied Trevor Story’s ML record for HR in 1st 10 career G

*MOST RBI IN FIRST 10 GAMES FOR THE REDS Ken Griffey Jr. ………… 14 …………………. 2000 Jim Greengrass ……… 14 …………………..1952 Aristides Aquino …… 13 …………………. 2019 Brandon Phillips ……… 13 …………………. 2006 Jim Bottomley ………… 13 …………………. 1933 Since 1920, Courtesy @EliasSports

*THE PUNISHER: Rookie Aristides Aquino produced 9 HR in his first 14 career games, including a 3-homer game on Sat vs Cubs in which he homered in 3 consecutive innings (2nd, 3rd, 4th)…he played 1 game for the Reds last season. • Is the first player in modern Major League history with 9 HR in his first 14 career games. • Is the first player in modern Major League history with 8 HR in his first 12 career games. • Is the second player in modern Major League history with 7 HR in his first 10 career games (Col’s Trevor Story, 2016). • Is the second player in modern Major League history with a 3-homer game within his first 10 career games (Bobby Estalella, 10th game, 9/4/1997). • Is the first Major League rookie and first Reds player to homer in 3 consecutive innings (2nd-4th), tying the Major League record for HR in consecutive innings in a game…he was the 13th player to do it, the second this season (Chi’s Kris Bryant, 5/17 at Wsh, 7th-9th). • Is the second Reds rookie to homer in 4 consecutive games (Eric Davis, 9/3-9/6, 1984). • Is the second Reds rookie with 3 HR in a game (Joey Votto, 2008). • Is the second Reds batter this season with 3 HR in a game (Derek Dietrich, 5/28 vs Pit)…was the 29th Reds player with at least 3 homers in a game, accomplished for the 37th time.

*44 ARISTIDES AQUINO, of 2nd Half: 17-44 (.386), 1 2b, 9hr, 17rbi, 1.449ops • Is the reigning National League Player of the Week. • Since his 8/1 promotion, started in RF in 12 of the Reds’ 13 games and PH in the other. • Produced a home run in 7 of his 13 apps and an RBI in 9 of his 13 apps. • His 9-game hitting streak snapped Tue at Wsh ties for the longest by a Reds batter this season (Nick Senzel, José Iglesias)…during that streak .517 (15-29, 1 2b, 8hr, 16rbi, 1.379slg, .563obp). • His 4-game HR streak snapped Sun vs Cubs is the longest by a Reds batter this season…fell 1 game shy of the franchise record for HR in consecutive games. • Thu’s 2-run HR off Cole Hamels traveled 118.3 miles per hour, the hardest hit ball by a Reds batter in the Statcast Era and tied for the hardest hit home run in the Major Leagues this season (Gary Sánchez, Pete Alonso). • On 8/3 at Atl, in his third Major League appearance, produced his first career hit (single off Dallas Keuchel), first career HR (3-run off Keuchel) and first career RBI. • Was an International League All-Star at Louisville (78g, .299, 28hr, 53rbi)…when promoted ranked among the IL leaders in slugging (1st, .636), HR (2nd) and OPS (2nd, .992). • For the Bats fom 5/23-6/19 hit .345 during a 22-game hit streak, the second-longest by a Louisville batter since 1982…from 6/12-6/19 produced an RBI in 7 straight games, the longest RBI streak by a Bats batter since Danny Dorn (7) in 2011.

GAME NOTE STATISTICS COURTESY CINCINNATI REDS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Thursday, First Round Tee Times

 

 

All tee times are local
OSU GC – Scarlet Course
TEE # TIME PLAYER NAMES
1
07:40 AM COLMarcelo Rozo

USAMatthew NeSmith

KORWhee Kim

10
07:40 AM ENGBen Taylor

USASeth Reeves

USABilly Hurley III

1
07:51 AM CANBen Silverman

USAOllie Schniederjans

USAErik Compton

10
07:51 AM USAJonathan Randolph

AUSJamie Arnold

INDAnirban Lahiri

1
08:02 AM USAAnders Albertson

CANDavid Hearn

USAKevin Dougherty

10
08:02 AM USADan McCarthy

USAJoey Garber

USAJoseph Bramlett

1
08:13 AM CHNZecheng Dou

CANAdam Svensson

USAJoshua Creel

10
08:13 AM ARGFabián Gómez

USAAlex Prugh

USABrian Campbell

1
08:24 AM USAVince Covello

USAScott Harrington

MEXRoberto Díaz

10
08:24 AM AUSCameron Davis

USAMaverick McNealy

USATyler McCumber

1
08:35 AM PURRafael Campos

GERStephan Jaeger

USAScott Langley

10
08:35 AM USARyan Brehm

USAMark Anderson

USAJosh Teater

1
08:46 AM USAHarry Higgs

NORKristoffer Ventura

USAPeter Uihlein

10
08:46 AM CHNXinjun Zhang

USARobby Shelton

USARichy Werenski

1
08:57 AM SWEHenrik Norlander

AUSRhein Gibson

NORViktor Hovland

10
08:57 AM USAMark Hubbard

IRLSeamus Power

USAJohnson Wagner

1
09:08 AM USAT.J. Vogel

USADoug Ghim

USACharlie Danielson

10
09:08 AM USANicholas Lindheim

USABen Crane

USABrandon Crick

1
09:19 AM AUSCameron Percy

USAMorgan Hoffmann

USATyson Alexander

10
09:19 AM USAMartin Flores

USABen Martin

USAWade Binfield

1
09:30 AM USAGrayson Murray

RSADawie van der Walt

USABrett Stegmaier

10
09:30 AM USALuke Guthrie

USABrandon Hagy

USAGeorge Cunningham

1
09:41 AM USASteve Marino

USAGreg Yates

COLNicolas Echavarria

1
12:45 PM USASteve Wheatcroft

USAKyle Jones

USAJustin Lower

10
12:45 PM USAKevin Chappell

USAJohn Oda

USACody Gribble

1
12:56 PM USABrendon Todd

USAJimmy Stanger

USACharlie Saxon

10
12:56 PM USASteve LeBrun

USAJohn Chin

USAHunter Mahan

1
01:07 PM MEXJosé de Jesús Rodríguez

ARGJulián Etulain

USADrew Weaver

10
01:07 PM USARob Oppenheim

USAChad Ramey

AUSCurtis Luck

1
01:18 PM USAD.J. Trahan

AUSBrett Coletta

USABrandon Harkins

10
01:18 PM USAChris Baker

USAVincent Whaley

USATyler Duncan

1
01:29 PM USAMichael Gellerman

USAChase Wright

USATom Hoge

10
01:29 PM USAKramer Hickok

NZLTim Wilkinson

RSAJustin Harding

1
01:40 PM DENSebastian Cappelen

CANMichael Gligic

USAJonathan Byrd

10
01:40 PM USAHarris English

USAChase Seiffert

USAHank Lebioda

1
01:51 PM USALanto Griffin

USAWes Roach

USABronson Burgoon

10
01:51 PM USAScottie Scheffler

USARobert Streb

USAShawn Stefani

1
02:02 PM USABo Hoag

ARGNelson Ledesma

USADominic Bozzelli

10
02:02 PM USAZac Blair

USAZack Sucher

USABeau Hossler

1
02:13 PM USABrady Schnell

USABen Kohles

INDShubhankar Sharma

10
02:13 PM NZLSteven Alker

USABilly Kennerly

USADavid Lipsky

1
02:24 PM USABlayne Barber

USAJamie Lovemark

USAAndrew Novak

10
02:24 PM USAWill Zalatoris

CHNCarl Yuan

USAJohn Huh

1
02:35 PM USABoo Weekley

USAGrant Hirschman

USAAustin Smotherman

10
02:35 PM USAAndrew Svoboda

USADavis Riley

SWEFreddie Jacobson

10
02:46 PM USASmylie Kaufman

USALee Hodges

USADylan Wu

 

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