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Reds beat Royals 11-5 as Gomes belts two three-run homers

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes who is starting to become popular with the fans, cracked two, long three-run homers in his first two at bats for a career-high six RBI’s, leading the slugging Cincinnati Reds to an 11-5 win over the pesky Kansas City Royals Saturday night on Scott Rolen bobblehead night.

The Reds now lead the NL Central by 1 1/2 games due to Arizona defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2 out in the Valley of the sun, Phoenix.

Jonny Gomes Reds (mlb)

Jonny Gomes had angered some fans by misjudging a three-run double off the bat of David DeJesus in the second inning which allowed the Royals to go up 5-4 briefly.

Hot-hitting Brandon Phillips had three hits, including his eighth homer of the season, to extend his hitting streak to 15 games-Cincinnati’s longest of the season and the longest current streak in the majors.

The Reds overcame and survived another shaky start by Johnny Cueto to snap a four-game losing streak against Kansas City. But Cueto took the win extending his winning streak to 6 games, covering 9 games to go to 6-1.

Right-hander Brian Bannister (6-4) was pounded by the NL’s number offense for 11 runs-10 earned- on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts while throwing 77 pitches, 45 for strikes. He saw his personal five-start winning streak come to an end.

By allowing 3 home runs last night, Bannister has allowed 14 home runs this season tying him for 2nd in the American League with Rich Harden of Texas. He has allowed at least 1 homer in 11 of his 13 starts this season.

Bannister said that he made a big mistake of trying to pitch in the humid, 86-degree weather on an empty stomach.

The Reds opened the scoring with four runs in the first inning, with Phillips hitting his eighth homer of the season and Gomes hitting his eighth homer.

The Royals, always a pesky team who can definitely hit the ball, bounced up off the mat with five runs in the second inning, one on Bannister’s double to right-center field and three on David DeJesus’ bases-loaded double to left field that lined over the head of Gomes after he made the initial mistake of taking a step toward the infield and then had to retreat backwards and leap for the ball.

Brandon Phillips Reds 2B (file photo)

Gomes put the Reds back on top at 7-5 in the third with his second homer of the game and 12th of his career against the Royals, more than he has hit against any other team. The eighth multihomer game of his career prompted the crowd to cheer for a curtain call, which he obliged.

Gomes leads the Reds with 47 RBI’s, four short of the 51 he drove in all of last year abd 12 shy of tying the career high of 59 he set with Tampa Bay in 2006.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST-GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 115 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr Johnny Cueto solid after 2nd why (megasportsnews.com)

45 116 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr On Reds big offensive night (megasportsnews.com)

45 117 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr On what Reds should be on All-Star roster (megasportsnews.com)

45 123 Jonny Gomes Reds LF On why he gets hit so much (megasportsnews.com)

45 124 Jonny Gomes Reds LF The left field fans at GABP love him (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Jonny Gomes’ 455-foot home run in the first inning, was the 78th hit into the left field bleachers, the 6th this season, Gomes’ third career and second this season.

*Jonny Gomes’ 6 RBI’s is a career high for one game. He had 5 against Washington on 8/13/09.

* Arthur Rhodes extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings, the longest in the Major Leagues by a reliever this season.

* According to Stats, Inc., Reds batters were hit by pitches 4 times in a game for the first time since 9/5/1965 vs Philadelphia. The 4 HBP’s by Reds batters ties a club record going back to 1887 (third time).

*Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed two hits and had three strikeouts in three innings of a rehab start with Class-A Lynchburg. It was his first start since June of 2009 and since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. Volquez gave up hits to the first two batters he faced before retiring nine straight. Volquez threw 44 pitches in Lynchburg’s 6-0 win over Potomoc.

* Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, along with some of his assistant coach’s, the Ben-Gals, mascot Who-Dey, broadcasters Dave Lapham and Brad Johansen and players Morgan Trent, Tom Nelson and J.T. O’Sullivan, were honored in pre-game ceremonies. Safety Chris Crocker threw two ceremonial first pitches- a football and a baseball.

* In the NL Central Division, the Reds have a record of 36-27 and St. Louis is 34-28, a separation of  1 game and a half.

* The Reds and the Texas Rangers are the only teams in MLB with 4 players batting at least .300. Reds: Rolen .309, Phillips .304, Votto .301 and Gomes .301. Rangers: Vladimir Guerrero .338, Michael Young .327, Josh Hamilton .308 and Elvis Andrus at .301.

* The Reds are 22-14 at Home.

* The Reds and Royals are 8-8 all-time.

* The Reds batters rank first in the National League in team hitting (.280), runs scored (324), hits (607), total bases (968), RBI’s (312) and slugging percentage (.456). They rank second in homers (77) and on-base percentage (.348) and third in stolen bases (47-69 .676)

Austin Kearns belts 2 homers to lift Tribe over Nationals 7-2

compiled from staff and wire reports

Austin Kearns is in good health this season and has been one of the steadiest players for Cleveland.

Kearns drove in four runs with two homers against his fomer teammates as the Indians beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Friday night.

Austin Kearns (mlb)

Travis Hafner also homered to help give manager Manny Acta a win in his first game against the team that fired him last July 13.

Jake Westbrook (4-3) gave up 2 runs over 7 1/3 innings as Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games.

Kearns had his fourth multiple homer game, first since June 4, 2006 at Houston.

Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana went 0-3 with a run and a walk in his big-league debut. The switch-hitter, who hit .310 with 57 homers and 265 RBIs in 317 minor-league games, was called up from Triple-A Columbus and threw out Nyjer Morgan trying to steal in the first inning.

Royals tough on Reds again; win 6-5 in 11 innings

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ned Yost is used to managing a  National League game. After all, he used to be the bench coach in Atlanta under Bobby Cox and he was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. These days, he is the manager of the Kansas City Royals of the American League where they don’t have double switches and lefty-right matches and they don’t use 7 pitchers in a game.

Yuniesky Betancourt (mlb)

However, Yost is involved in an interleague series with the Cincinnati Reds, and Friday night he used 7 pitchers to try and win a game and he was successful.

Yost used his entire bullpen to stop the high-octane Reds offense from pulling off another comeback and Yuniesky Betancourt completed  his big night ( he had an RBI double and two-run homer) with a run-scoring single in the 11th inning sending the Royals to a 6-5 win over the Reds. The fourth straight time they’ve beaten Cincinnati.

Micah Owings (3-2) was the loser as he walked Billy Butler and Brayan Pena setting up Betancourt’s game-winning hit.

Eventhough the St. Louis beat Arizona, 5-2, Cincinnati remained in first place in the NL Central Division. The Reds haven’t led so late in a season since June 17, 2002, when they were playing at Cinergy Field.

Nebraska Cornhuskers join the Big Ten; 12 teams means title game coming

compiled from Big Ten and Nebraska Cornhuskers news

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will now have trips to places they ordinarily wouldn’t travel to: Chicago, Illinois (Northwestern), Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State), Greater Detroit (Michigan), East Lansing (Michigan State) and State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State).

That’s because, the Cornhuskers are saying “goodbye” to the Big 12 and “hello” to the Big 10 Conference.

Tom Osborne Nebraska AD (courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)

The Big Ten’s board of presidents and chancellors unanimously welcomed Nebraska to the family on Friday afternoon. The move takes effect on July 1, 2011.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said the Big ten offered the stability “that the Big 12 couldn’t.”

Nebraska is the Big ten’s first new member since 1900, when Penn State became the 11th member, and it comes just six month’s after the league announced that it was looking at expansion.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he presumed there would be a Big Ten championship football game beginning in 2011. He said the conference will not be looking at anymore expansion at least for the next 12 to 18 months.

Most Nebraska fans are used to playing against the likes of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State for years. But now they’ll have to get to know the Big Ten schools.

With the move to the Big Ten, they’ll likely start a rivalry with their border neighbor, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: United States meets England Today

compiled from staff and wire reports

Six years ago in Brazil, the United States rose up and beat England in the World Cup.

Today, June 12, 2010, 4,449 miles away from Brazil and now in Rustenburg, South Africa, it’ll be a rematch in the World Cup opener for both teams.

United States Flag (file photo)

England Flag (file photo)

Once again, England is stocked with the talented and wealthy players, and are trying to give their long-suffering fans the hope that they can end the 44 year drought since their last and only World Cup title.

Saturday’s game will be played in Royal Bafokeng Stadium which is near mines and game-parks filled with Baboons and Elephants. Both teams will be trying to reach the second round.

Grouped with England, Slovenia and Algeria, with the top two nations advancing, the U.S. faces its toughest opponent first. The Americans are 2-7 in head-to-head matchups, getting outscored 35-8. The other win was 2-0 in a 1993 exhibition at Foxboro, Massachusetts.

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