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Columbus Clippers bomb Toledo, 7-1

Courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mud Hens

Michael Brantley (MiLB)

Columbus defeated Toledo Saturday night, 7-1 at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.  Deik Scram, making his Triple-A debut, had two doubles for the Hens.

After retiring the first seven batters, Columbus got to Phil Dumatrait with one out in the third. Chris Gimenez and Anderson Hernandez hit back-to-back singles to get the Clippers going. After Michael Brantley flew out to left field, Jason Donald hit an RBI double, scoring Chris Gimenez. With runners on second and third, Dumatrait was able to get Trevor Crowe to fly out to right to end the inning and minimize the Clipper threat.

Carlos Santana, the Cleveland Indians top minor league prospect, led off the fourth with his  fifth home run of the season. Reining IL MVP Shelley Duncan nearly followed Santana with a homer of his own, but Jeff Frazier ran it down in deep left at the wall.  After a double by Wes Hodges, Brian Bixler added to the Clipper lead with his first home run of the season, putting Columbus up 4-0 and that was the game.

GAME NOTES

* Attendance was 6,354.

* Jeff Frazier extended his hitting streak to nine games. It is the longest hitting streak this season for a member of the Mud Hens.

* Deik Scram doubled in his first two Triple-A at bats.

* The Mud Hens threw two runners out at the plate.

Guiton and Washington lead the Gray over the Scarlet in the annual Spring Game

MEGASPORTNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Ohio Stadium scoreboard says it all (megasportsnews.com)

Everybody who was in attendance at the annual Ohio State Spring game (65,223) were interested in seeing Terrelle Pryor at QB, who would be emerging at wide receiver, who would be the #1 tight end, how the defense would replace key graduated starters and who would emerge at the #2 QB spot.

Well, all of those questions were answered, but the one that shocked everyone including members of the media, was third-string quarterback Kenny Guiton.

The little-known and little-used quarterback threw a 45-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Taurian Washington with 55 seconds left in the 4th quarter on Saturday to give the gray a 17-14 vistory over the Scarlet in Ohio State’s annual intrasquad scrimmage which wraps up 15 spring practices covering a month.

Kenny Guiton (osu)

Taurian Washington (osu)

“I felt real comfortable. I had three of the starting lineman to protect me, so there was no reason for me to be jittery or antsy in the pocket. So I read the defense, took my time and just played ball,” said Guiton, a redshirt freshman from Houston, Texas.

Guiton completed 11 of 21 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, both to Washington, who had three catches for 83 yards.

Guiton’s performance was a surprise to many. He was the last player offered in his recruiting class and had to wait until two other recruits Ohio State wanted, didn’t sign, so the scholarship went to Guiton.

The number 1 quarterback, Terrelle Pryor completed 8-of-12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game early. He was not brought out to speak to reporters after the game, which shocked and angered many members of the media.

Ohio State Marching Band (megasportsnews.com)

The Gray and Scarlet (megasportsnews.com)

The teams swapped across midway through the first quarter. The first score of the game was Taurian Washington snagging a 28-yard scoring pass from Guiton.

Then Pryor, not to be undone by his understudy Guiton, took the Scarlet team on a 4-play, 78 yard drive, elapsing 1:37 off the clock to tie the game at 7-7 when Dane Sanzenbacher on a 12 yard touchdown.

The game stayed 7-7 until the fourth quarter.

WR Dane Sanzenbacher (megasportsnews.com)

Drew Basil ended the scoring drought by kicking a 47-yard field goal at the 10:31 mark of the fourth quarter to put the Gray up 10-7.

The Scarlet came back to go up 14-10 on Bo Delande’s 4-yard touchdown run with 4:48 left in the game.

After Delande’s scoring run, the Scarlet shocked the Gray with an on-side kick that was recovered by the Scarlet’s Spencer Smith. Joe Bauserman, who is the backup quarterback, hit James Jackson on a 43-yard pass play. After a penalty, the Scarlet had the ball in a first-and-5 situation at the Gray 13 with just over 3 minutes left.

But Bauserman’s throw into the end zone was intercepted by Nate Oliver, who returned the ball to the 11. Guiton took over from that point.

He completed passes of 8, 15, 16 and 11 yards to move the ball into Scarlet territory before lobbing a pass down the left sideline near the goal line where Washington  pulled in between defenders Dominic Clarke and Nate Ebner.

Players warming up near the North end zone (megasportsnews.com)

The Scarlet tried to mount a comeback but Taylor Rice intercepted a long Joe Bauserman pass in the final minute.

The Buckeyes will return nine starters on offense when they open their season on Thursday September 2 against the Marshall Thundering Herd at home.

Saturday’s Spring Game was dubbed the Scarlet, Gray and Pink Game with coaches wearing pink caps and players sporting jerseys with pink accents that will be auctioned off to benefit the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The wife of former Ohio State and NFL linebacker Chris Spielman died this past November.

Media members in the press box (megasportsnews.com)

Honorary Head Coach of the Scarlet team was John Reed, the former football coach at Coldwater High School. Overall as a head coach, his record  is 283-126-1. The 283 wins ranks him 11th all-time for Ohio High School Football Coaches wins. He was a 2006 Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Inductee.

At Coldwater, his record is 168-31 from 1995-2009. He recently had to resign his post due to cancer of the esophagus. Two of his former Cavaliers played on the Scarlet team on Saturday. Because coach Reed was too ill to attend, his former players put together a video tribute that was played on the scoreboard in Ohio Stadium.

SOUNDS OF THE GAME FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 844 Kenny Guiton OSU QB On Taurian Washington having a solid game

44 846 Kenny Guiton OSU QB What does he need to do as a young QB to get better

44 848 Kenny Guiton OSU QB Being able to get extended playing time

44 849 Kenny Guiton OSU QB His injury in game

44 850 Kenny Guiton OSU QB On being able to face a good defense in practice all the time.

44 851 Taurian Washington OSU WR On his game winning TD catch

44 853 Taurian Washington OSU WR The mindset of the Gray with ball at their own 11.

44 854 Taurian Washington OSU WR How was Kenny Guiton on the winning drive

44 855 Taurian Washington OSU WR Have you seen Guiton take control of the huddle before

Surprising San Diego Padres continue to win; beat Reds 5-0

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Adrian Gonzalez (mlb)

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second straight game, Wade LeBlanc pitched three-hit ball over six innings and the San Diego Padres won their eight straight.

Will Venable also connected and Yorvit Torrealba added a two-run double to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in 10 games. LeBlanc (1-0) walked two and struck out three.

Johnny Cueto (0-1) lasted six innings and picked up his first decision in four starts. Cueto gave up seven hits and five runs.

The Padres are 11-6 and share the best record in the National League with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Major League Baseball Notes

compiled from staff and wire reports

Andy Pettitte (mlb)

Andy Pettitte threw eight sharp innings, struck out eight and walked none. The two-time All-Star gave up his only run on Torii Hunter’s sacrifice fly in sixth inning. The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7-1 on Saturday.

Joe Mauer (mlb)

Joe Mauer matched a career-high high with five hits in Minnesota’s 9-7 win in 12 innings over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Mauer, the 2009 AL MVP, finished 5 for 6 with two RBI’s, including a sacrifice fly in the 12th that gave Minnesota an insurance run.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6 on Saturday. The Orioles fell to 2-16, losing their fifth straight game and 1oth in a row to the Red Sox.

Barry Zito (mlb)

Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants struck out 10 over eight innings as the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0 Saturday night.

Zito outpitched Adam Wainwright (3-1) to come out the winner in an impressive pitcher’s duel earning his first victory over the Cardinals after starting out 0-4 in his first five outings against them.

Pitching more and more like his Cy Young Award days from eight years ago with the Oakland A’s, Zito (3-0) allowed just 3 hits and walked three in the 114-pitch outing.

Grudzielanek, Kearns and Carmona lead 6-1 win over Oakland

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mark Grudzielanek (mlb)

Mark Grudzielanek hit a tie-breaking RBI single with two outs in the eight inning and Fausto Carmona had another stellar outing for the Indians.

Austin Kearns had three hits and three RBI’s while Mike Redmond doubled and scored twice for Cleveland, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Oakland.

Carmona (3-0) scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.96.

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