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Bengals terminate contract of Chris Crocker; door open to re-sign later

 

Chris Crocker (2011 photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of safety Chris Crocker, making him a free agent.

Crocker, who just turned 32 in March, said that Bengals team president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis told him why they made the move, but also left the door open for a possible return later.

A graduate of Marshall University, Crocker signed a $10 million, 4-year contract on February 27, 2009. He had one-year left on the deal.

Crocker, who was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round in 2003, 84th overall pick, was one of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s captains that helped Cincinnati to two playoff appearances in the past three years.

In 2010, he injured his medial collateral ligament and missed the final half of games in 2010.

He came back at full strength to play every game in 2011.

Crocker has also played for Atlanta and Miami in his NFL career.

His career stats includes, 471 tackles, 13.0 sacks and 10 interceptions.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

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)