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Reds bounce back against Indians; Nix, Gomes and Arroyo lead 7-4 win

compiled from staff and wire reports

Staff writer Steve Basford contributed to this story


Reds manager Dusty Baker knew the only way to get over and get past Thursday 10-9 loss to Atlanta was to come back and beat Cleveland.

After all, the Reds have been bouncing back well since April 25, going 17-7.

Laynce Nix (mlb)

Laynce Nix had three hits, including a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, sending the slumping Indians to their fifth straight loss, despite a big night from Shin-Soo Choo. Moved from third to second in the batting order, Choo homered twice, had three hits and three RBI’s, but Cleveland fell to 10 games below .500, a season worst.

Jonny Gomes and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds.

Jonny Gomes' homer in the 4th (Steve Basford photo)

Bronson Arroyo (4-2) allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings and won his third straight start. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his 14th save in 17 chances.

GAME NOTES

* The Ohio Cup series is tied 32-32, but the Reds are 10-3 against Cleveland since 2008.

* Jonny Gomes is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with four homers and eight RBI’s as the DH in interleague games.

Cincinnati seniors lead baseball team to 10-0 win over Georgetown

Info Courtesy of Cincinnati Bearcats

Playing for the final time in front of their home crowd, the University of  Cincinnati seniors carried the Bearcats to a 10-0 victory in its final regular-season game over Georgetown University Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. All four senior position players recorded a hit in their final game at home, while all senior pitchers saw action in the last two days as Cincinnati completed the three-game sweep over the Hoyas to improve to 29-27 overall and 13-14 in the Big East Conference.

Andrew Strenge (UC)

The 10-0 victory marked UC’s first shutout of the season and freshman Andrew Strenge picked up the win, moving his record to 7-1 on the season Strenge finished conference play with a 0.62 ERA in 29.0 innings of work and struck out 29 while yielding just one walk.

The Bearcats head to Clearwater, Florida, for the 2010 Big East Baseball Championships, which will be held at Bright House Networks Fields May 26-30. Cincinnati will be the number 7 seed and its  opponent has yet to be determined. UC will play the number 2 seed at 1 p.m. on Wednesday May 26.

Ohio State Softball, Baseball games suspended; will resume today

Info Courtesy of Ohio State

STORY INCLUDES AUDIO FROM OHIO STATE BASEBALL PLAYER RYAN DEW ON COACH BOB TODD

The Ohio State softball team will pick up its NCAA regional game with Kentucky at 10 a.m. Saturday morning after lightning and rain halted play at 7:29 p.m. Friday evening.

Linda Kalafatis Ohio State coach (osu)

The Wildcats held a 3-0 lead through the three innings before the game was called in the top of the fourth.

The Friday night baseball game between Ohio State and Minnesota at Bill Davis Stadium has been suspended until 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The game will pickup with Minnesota batting  and one out in the bottom of the second inning. Approximately 30 minutes following the end of  game 2, the third and final game of the series will begin. Senior Day ceremonies and a salute to retiring baseball coach Bob Todd will precede the start of Game 3.

Coach Todd won his 900th game at Ohio State on Sunday at Iowa 11-6.

The Friday game was suspended at 7:29 p.m. because of lightning in the area. The Buckeyes were leading, 1-0, in the bottom of the second inning.

Bob Todd Ohio State coach (OSU)

Ryan Dew hit a bases loaded single that scored Cory Kovanda with the first run of the game. Alex Wimmers was on the mound for the Buckeyes. In his first action in four weeks,  Wimmers struck out three batters, walked one and allowed a single in his first 1.1 innings of work.

SOUNDS FROM THE LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 970 Ryan Dew OSU baseball His reaction to coach Bob Todd retiring (megasportsnews.com)

44 974 Ryan Dew OSU baseball His general thoughts on the season (megasportsnews.com)

44 978 Ryan Dew OSU baseball What has Bob Todd meant to him (megasportsnews.com)

44 979 Ryan Dew OSU baseball Any indication that he would resign (megasportsnews.com)

47 games in a row, Wittels hitting streak continues for FIU

Info Courtesy of Florida International University

FIU’s Garrett Wittels has matched the second-longest hitting streak in Division I history, getting a hit in his 47th straight game Friday night against Florida Atlantic.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Wittels tied Wichita State’s Phil Stephenson, who hit in 47 straight games in 1981. Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura holds the NCAA record with a 58-game streak in 1987.

Wittels hit a third-inning single to left field off FAU’s Mike Gipson, after getting a hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Wittels has hit in every FIU game played in 2010, his average on Friday was .408.

Rookie’s pinch hit grand slam sinks Reds; Royals sweep Indians

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rookie Brooks Conrad hit his 3rd major league homer and first career grand slam as the Braves scored seven times to rally past the Reds 10-9 to sweep the two game series at Turner Field.

Conrad, entering the game hitting .222, was 2-for-12 as a pinch hitter for the Braves and delivered the game’s biggest hit as the Braves won their third straight game-all in their last at bat.

Brooks Conrad (mlb)

Conrad homered off Reds closer Francisco Cordero as the Braves wiped out an earlier 8-0 deficit in defeating Cincinnati. Joey Votto stroked a grand slam in an 8 run second inning and leftfielder Laynce Nix delivered two RBI’s in that frame. The Reds scored all 8 runs off righthander Tommie Hanson of Atlanta.

Mike Leake (4-0) had his sixth quality start out of seven outings in 2010.

Leake pitched six innings, struck out six and walked only 1 and allowed five hits. He left with a 9-3 lead.

Poor defense by the Reds (4 errors) in the game helped Atlanta rally for the win.

Francisco Cordero relieved Nick Masset in the 9th inning with a 9-6 lead before giving up the grand slam to Brooks Conrad. Conrad, a left-handed hitter drove the ball over the left field wall and the hit off the glove of a leaping Laynce Nix at the wall.

The two game sweep by the Braves was the first time the Reds had been swept since the Pirates won a three game sweep in Pittsburgh in mid-April.

GAME NOTES

* The Atlanta Braves have won three straight games in their last at-bat, one against the Mets and two against the Reds.

Luke Hocevar pitched his third career complete game, Alberto Callaspo hit a  three-run homer and the Royals won for the sixth time in eight games, beating the short-handed and sliding Indians 9-3 on Thursday to move out of last place in the AL Central Division.

New Manager Ned Yost is 5-2 since taking over for the fired Trey Hillman.

Luke Hochevar (mlb)

The Royals completed a two-game sweep of the Indians due to a solid performance from Hocevar (4-2), who gave up four hits and ended a three-game losing streak against Cleveland.

Hocevar gave up two first-inning singles and then retired 15 of 16 before Shin-Soo Choo’s double in the sixth.

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