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Reds slugger Aquino still putting the ball in the seats with hot August bat

Aristides Aquino (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds knew they could take a chance on slugging outfielder Aristides Aquino.

The slender Dominican was having a good summer banging out homers at AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He was hitting .249 with 18 homers but struck out 103 times in 378 at bats. But the Reds minor league staff felt he could play at the MLB level. The only concern was making contact.

But so far in he has exceeded expectations literally. His stats:

17 Games

55 At Bats

15 Runs

19 Hits

11 Homers

22 RBI

.345 AVG

.390 OBP

1.353 OPS

 

He is compiling records on the way:

*With 11 HR in August, Aristides Aquino is 3 shy of the club record for HR in a calendar month. Frank Robinson hit 14 HR in August 1962 and Greg Vaughn 14 HR in September 1999. The Reds have 14 games left this month.

*@EliasSports

: With 11 HR in 17 games, Aristides Aquino will share, at least, with Rhys Hoskins the modern Major League record for HR in a player’s first 18, 19 or 20 career games. Hoskins hit his 11th HR in his 18th career game.

His 10 dingers are the most by any player in MLB history in the modern era in his first 16 career games. (via
*MLB PLAYERS WITH THE FEWEST PLATE APPEARANCES TO REACH 11 HOME RUNS
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 1976 56
Aristides Aquino Cincinnati 2019 58
Albert Pujols St. Louis 2006 67
Alex Rodriguez NY Yankees 2007 69
Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh 1971 71
Luis Gonzalez Arizona 2001 73
Ted “Splendid Splinter” Williams Boston 1953 74

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Tee Times for Sunday, August 18, Final Round

 

Ohio State graduate Bo Hoag is the favorite son when he comes back to Columbus. Heading into today, he is tied for 50th and is at par after shooting a 72 on Saturday. (megasportsnews.com)

All tee times are local
OSU GC – Scarlet Course

 

TEE # TIME PLAYER NAMES
1
07:07 AM USASteve Wheatcroft

USAVince Covello

KORWhee Kim

1
07:18 AM USAJimmy Stanger

USAMartin Flores

USAZack Sucher

1
07:29 AM USABen Kohles

ARGJulián Etulain

USAJoey Garber

1
07:40 AM USAKevin Chappell

USAOllie Schniederjans

USABrett Stegmaier

1
07:51 AM USAGrant Hirschman

USATyler Duncan

USADylan Wu

1
08:02 AM USAShawn Stefani

CANMichael Gligic

USATyson Alexander

1
08:13 AM USABo Hoag

NORKristoffer Ventura

USAPeter Uihlein

1
08:24 AM SWEHenrik Norlander

AUSRhein Gibson

MEXRoberto Díaz

1
08:35 AM CHNXinjun Zhang

USAGrayson Murray

COLNicolas Echavarria

1
08:46 AM ARGFabián Gómez

USAMatthew NeSmith

USACody Gribble

1
08:57 AM USAJustin Lower

CANAdam Svensson

USAWade Binfield

1
09:09 AM USAZac Blair

USADominic Bozzelli

USAD.J. Trahan

1
09:21 AM USAMark Hubbard

USASteve LeBrun

USAJoshua Creel

1
09:33 AM USABilly Hurley III

USAHarry Higgs

ARGNelson Ledesma

1
09:45 AM AUSCameron Davis

USAChase Seiffert

USAJoseph Bramlett

1
09:57 AM USAHarris English

USARyan Brehm

CANDavid Hearn

1
10:09 AM USARobert Streb

USABronson Burgoon

USAKramer Hickok

1
10:21 AM USALanto Griffin

AUSCameron Percy

AUSCurtis Luck

1
10:33 AM USADavis Riley

USATom Hoge

USAJohnson Wagner

1
10:45 AM RSAJustin Harding

USADoug Ghim

USAT.J. Vogel

1
10:57 AM USABrendon Todd

USAVincent Whaley

USASeth Reeves

1
11:09 AM NORViktor Hovland

USARichy Werenski

USAKevin Dougherty

1
11:21 AM INDAnirban Lahiri

USABeau Hossler

ENGBen Taylor

1
11:33 AM USAScottie Scheffler

USAScott Harrington

AUSJamie Arnold

1
11:45 AM MEXJosé de Jesús Rodríguez

USABrandon Hagy

USABen Martin

 

(megasportsnews.com)

TEE TIMES COURTESY OF PGA TOUR & NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Hagy, Rodriguez tied for lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after three rounds

 

Brandon Hagy sharing a joke with the media, shot a -2 under 69 to tie for the lead with Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (megasportsnews.com photo)

Rodríguez and Hagy share 54-hole lead

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
T1 José de Jesús Rodríguez 70-69-65—204 (-9)
T1 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69—204 (-9)
T3 Ben Martin 67-70-68—205 (-8)
T3 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67—205 (-8)
T3 Scott Harrington 70-67-68—205 (-8)


 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – José de Jesús Rodríguez and Brandon Hagy share the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. A trio of players including Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington sit one stroke off the pace at 8-under 205.

 

Hagy began his third round in calming fashion with pars on his first three holes. The 28-year-old tallied his first birdie of the day at the par-5 fourth and added another at the par-4 seventh. He carded his first bogey of the round on the par-3 eighth but quickly rebounded with a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at 9-under for the week.

 

On his back nine, the Santa Monica, California, native recorded seven pars and one birdie against one bogey to finish the third round tied for the lead at 9-under.

 

“I drove the ball well off the tee again, so it gave me a lot of opportunities to have scoring clubs in,” said Hagy, who hit 10 of 14 fairways on Saturday. “I made some good five‑ to 10‑foot putts to kind of keep it going on the front nine and the beginning of the back nine. Overall, I’m happy with it.”

 

In early 2018, Hagy was sidelined by a hairline fracture in his left wrist that forced him to miss five months of golf. During the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR season, he made just one cut in 13 PGA TOUR starts and missed the cut in his only start on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this year. After a missed cut at the Travelers Championship in June, he decided to shut down his game and regroup before returning to competition.

 

Last week, Hagy returned to his home state to compete in the Long Beach Open. A T41 finish in California was all he needed to get the competitive drive going again heading into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

 

“It was good,” Hagy said of last week’s event. “I hadn’t played in about a month and a half and had several of my friends actually that were playing there. It was a good week to knock the rust off.”

 

Sitting tied atop the leaderboard is José de Jesús Rodríguez who fired a 6-under 65 on Saturday, matching Richy Werenski for the low round of the day. Rodríguez began the third round in a tie for 17th but soared up the leaderboard with birdies on his opening three holes. He carded his lone bogey of the day on the par-3 fifth but rebounded with a birdie on No. 6 to make the turn at 6-under.

 

The 38-year-old continued his strong play into the back nine, carding birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. He added his seventh birdie of the day on his final hole, moving him to 9-under and into a tie for the lead.

 

“Today was a spectacular day,” Rodríguez said. “I was very consistent from start to finish. I hit it good off the tee and had chances on the green. The putts were very good, too.”

 

Rodríguez finished his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR ranked 177th in the FedExCup standings. The Irapuato, Mexico, native made 10 cuts in 23 starts and recorded three top-25s throughout the season, including a T11 at the Barbasol Championship.

 

Last year, Rodríguez earned his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the United Leasing & Finance Championship. The event was played at Victoria National Golf Club, home of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Rodríguez would go on to finish the Regular Season 12th in The 25, earning him his 2018-2019 PGA TOUR card.

 

Entering Sunday’s final round, Rodríguez knows a return to the PGA TOUR is on the line.

 

“I’m going to go do the same thing, you know,” he said. “Keep hitting it straight. I’m going to enjoy the game (and trust that) the score is good.”

 

Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington trail by one stroke after three rounds at the Scarlet Course. Jamie Arnold, Anirban Lahiri, Beau Hossler, Ben Taylor and Viktor Hovland sit just two shots off the lead in a tie for sixth at 7-under 206.

Viktor Hovland, the opening round leader, got hot in the 3rd round to come in tied for 9th with a 69 (megasportsnews.com photo)

SATURDAY’S NOTES:

  • Saturday’s weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 85. Wind W/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 18 mph.
  • Low round of the day: 65, Richy Werenski, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez.
  • Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez ranks No. 1 in putting through 54 holes with 26.3 putts per round.
  • Brandon Hagy leads the driving distance category through 54 holes with an average of 345.8 yards.
  • Ten of 23 third-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Kristoffer Ventura at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet.
  • Of the players who earned PGA TOUR cards by finishing in The 25 of the Regular Season, only Scottie Scheffler (No. 3) and Scott Harrington (No. 19) are within three strokes of the lead. Xinjun Zhang, the player in the No. 1 position at the conclusion of the Regular Season, sits T41 at 1-under.
  • Three players posted bogey-free rounds: Richy Werenski (65), Vincent Whaley (67) and Davis Riley (68).
  • Four eagles were recorded in round three: Dominic Bozzelli and Ben Taylor at No. 4, and Cameron Davis and Scott Harrington at the 12th
  • Australia’s Jamie Arnold (T6/-7) has played his last 43 holes 11-under after sitting 4-over through 10 holes of the opening round.
  • Second-round leader Kevin Dougherty (T11/-6) ranks T1 in fairways hit through 54 holes with 33 of 43 (78.57%).
  • Defending champion Robert Streb (T18/-4) has played the front-nine 7-under and the back-nine 3-over through 54 holes.
  • Mark Hubbard’s (T35/-2) third-round 69 included a front-nine 39 (+3) and a back-nine 30 (-5), the low nine-hole score of any player this week.
  • Local favorite Bo Hoag (T50/E) was a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional. He won his first Korn Ferry Tour title at last week’s event in Portland to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
  • Former US Presidents Cup team member Kevin Chappell (T61/+2) returned to the tournament where he made his professional debut in 2008, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
  • All five of the players tied for sixth at 7-under represent five different countries: Jamie Arnold (Australia), Anirban Lahiri (India), Beau Hossler (United States), Ben Taylor (England) and Viktor Hovland (Norway).
  • This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion. The winner will also receive 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour
  • The par-3 fifth hole (233 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Saturday, playing to an average of 3.280.
  • The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Saturday. The hole played to an average of 4.547 and yielded two eagles and 35

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                          36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                          35.933                 35.642                  71.575                  71.693

R3                          35.413                 35.173                   70.587                 71.342

MATCH RECAP COURTESY OF PGA TOUR

 

 

New co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison now game planning for the Buckeyes and not against them

 

Greg Mattison, who is great in media sessions, talked to us this past Wednesday about the improvements being made on defense (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH GREG MATTISON (PART 1)

65,200 Greg Mattison Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Part 1 August Camp

 

Back on in January 2019 when new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had decided he wanted to clean house within the defensive coaching staff. He pulled off a surprising and bold move to everyone in Buckeye Land and Wolverine Land.

He dipped into Jim Harbaugh’s staff and brought two veteran defensive coaches to Ohio State, Greg Mattison and Al Washington. Wow, what guts, was what I heard from fans while sitting in a Roosters Restaurant having some Wings with my girlfriend, Alexandra. One wonders what the folks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Wolverines, were thinking? Some I can’t put into print, but I am sure traitor, turncoat and Benedict Arnold a just a few to think of.

What those two moves showed Buckeyes fans and the College Football World, is that Ryan Day is going to make his own name and also showed that he will go and do whatever is necessary to improve the Buckeyes and keep them as national title contenders year in and year out.

With Mattison, he is getting 69-year-old defensive coach who has coach all over the defense. He has coached at Illinois, Cornell, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Navy, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Florida. He had two stints with Michigan, 1992-1996 and 2011-2018. He also coached in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens 2008-2010.

Coach Day said it was a tough decision to let go of Greg Schiano as defensive coordinator and other staff members but he had to in order to send a message that status quo was not going to continue.

Status quo being the worst defense in school history; giving up 4.5 yards per rush; 25.5 points per game 7th in Big Ten, 50th nationally; rushing 158.2 yards per game 6th in the conference, 57th nationally; passing 245.2 ypg 11th in the conference and 86th nationally; total defense 403.4 ypg 10th in Big Ten, 71st nationally. The points per game of 25.5 per game was the worst since 1999 when they allowed 23.9 per game. All of these stats are unacceptable to the team, fans, media, alumni who follow the team. All aspects of the defense have to improve especially in the linebacking corps and the defensive backfield who at times were just like “toast”!

Coach Mattison said that everyone will see everyone run to the football and two different schemes, “Bullet” and “Sam”.

And Mattison also said that the Buckeyes, despite all of their shortcomings on defense, were still 13-1, Big Ten East champions, Conference champions and Rose Bowl champions.

Eventhough several members of the media tried to get him to unveil the starters on defense, Mattison said that will come at the end of camp. Most of the starters are as plain to figure out as the Buckeye colors of scarlet, gray and white.

Trillium Cup not the only rivalry in Major League Soccer

 

In Major League Soccer, several teams annually compete for secondary rivalry cups that are usually contested by only two teams, with the only exception being the Cascadia Cup, which is contested by three teams. Each cup or trophy is awarded to the eligible team with the better regular season record and are comparable to minor trophies played for in college football rivalries. Most cups are deliberately conceived as local derbies between teams in the same region. Rivalry cups are considered a tradition to most MLS fans and players alike. Out of the ten original MLS teams only three have not competed in these rivalry cups: Sporting K.C., New England Revolution and the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny. The Texas Derby is the only MLS rivalry where the winner does not walk away with a cup trophy but instead they play for “El Capitán”, a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon. Some derbies only contest for bragging rights of rival supporters groups.

Current

All records reflect wins made when all participating franchises are MLS teams.

Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Recent winner
Atlantic Cup D.C. United 13 New York Red Bulls 10 New York Red Bulls
Brimstone Cup FC Dallas 10 Chicago Fire 6 Dallas
California Clásico LA Galaxy 13 San Jose Earthquakes 7 San Jose
Canadian Classique Toronto FC 5 Montreal Impact 4 Montreal
Cascadia Cup* Seattle Sounders FC/
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3 Portland Timbers 2 Seattle
El Tráfico LA Galaxy 1[1] Los Angeles FC 0 LA Galaxy
Heritage Cup Seattle Sounders FC 6 San Jose Earthquakes 4 Seattle
Hudson River Derby New York Red Bulls 3 New York City FC 1 New York Red Bulls
Pioneer Cup Columbus Crew SC 6 FC Dallas 3 Columbus
Rocky Mountain Cup Real Salt Lake 10 Colorado Rapids 4 Real Salt Lake
Texas Derby Houston Dynamo 7 FC Dallas 6 Dallas
Trillium Cup Columbus Crew SC 7 Toronto FC 4 Columbus

* Cascadia Cup existed prior to the creation of MLS franchises for Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.

Former

Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Last winner
Florida Derby** Miami Fusion 2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 Miami (2001)
SuperClasico LA Galaxy 6 Chivas USA 1 LA Galaxy (2014)

** Florida Derby existed prior to creation of MLS franchises for Tampa Bay and Miami, and after teams left MLS in 2001.[2]

Rivalry cups

Competition Established Teams Series Wins Years won
Atlantic Cup 1996 D.C. United 13 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
New York Red Bulls 10 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
Brimstone Cup 2001 Chicago Fire 6 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
FC Dallas 10 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2018
California Clásico 1996 LA Galaxy 14 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
San Jose Earthquakes 8 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019
Canadian Classique 2012 Montreal Impact 2 2013, 2018
Toronto FC 5 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Cascadia Cup 2011* Portland Timbers 2 2012, 2017
Seattle Sounders FC 3 2011, 2015, 2018
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2013, 2014, 2016
El Tráfico 2018 LA Galaxy 1 2018
Los Angeles FC 0
Florida Derby
(MLS years)
1998** Miami Fusion 2 2000, 2001
Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 1998, 1999
Heritage Cup 2009 San Jose Earthquakes 4 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Seattle Sounders FC 6 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Hudson River Derby 2015 New York Red Bulls 3 2015, 2016, 2018
New York City FC 1 2017
SuperClasico 2005*** Chivas USA 1 2007
LA Galaxy 9 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup 2007 Columbus Crew 6 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
FC Dallas 3 2010, 2011, 2015
Rocky Mountain Cup 2005 Colorado Rapids 4 2005, 2006, 2013, 2015
Real Salt Lake 10 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Texas Derby 2006 FC Dallas 6 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
Houston Dynamo 7 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
Trillium Cup 2008 Columbus Crew 7 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
Toronto FC 4 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017
Notes
* The Cascadia Cup was founded in 2004 and contested by clubs outside MLS (in North American Division 2 soccer). 2011 represents the year MLS teams began competition.
** The Florida Derby originated in 1977 and has been contested for most of its history by Division 1 and 2 soccer clubs outside MLS. The years 1998–2001 represent the only era in which MLS teams participated.
*** The SuperClasico ended in 2014 due to the folding of Chivas USA
INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

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