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Posts Tagged ‘Great American Ball Park.’

Reds sweep St. Louis to up lead in NL Central to 1 1/2 games

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds putting on a drive to control the NL Central like they did at the same time in 2010, just completed the improbable for them or any team in the National League, a three-game sweep of their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.

The Reds won 9-7, but entered the ninth inning with a seven-run lead and gave the ball to Aroldis Chapman to close it out but he allowed four walks and walked in a run before leaving for Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero to officially close the door.

Cordero hit Albert Pujols with an 0-2 fastball which got away from him. Cardinals backup catcher Gerald Laird, former teammate of Cordero’s with the Texas Rangers, took exception and yelled at him for the rest of the inning. Cordero yelled back and gave an animated gesture towards the St. Louis dugout.

After hitting Pujols, Cordero proceded to retire cleanup hitter Matt Holliday and annual Reds nemesis Lance Berkman and the drama was over.

The Reds swept the Cardinals for the first time since 2007 and pushed their lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games. Cincinnati won the game by beating a pitcher that won his last 10 decisions against them since 2006, Chris Carpenter.

Reds starter Travis Wood allowed back-to-back homers to Berkman and Yadier Molina in the second inning, and then shut down the Cardinals the next four innings.

The Reds hitters took control to come-from behind again with Ramon Hernandez hitting his third home run in two days to get things rolling.

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news, Radio & TV news

NL DIVISION SERIES: Veteran Phillies close out Reds, 2-0; move to NLCS vs. Giants

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO –

(megasportsnews.com)

The young Cincinnati Reds  team, got a lesson in playoff baseball. It’s pitching, defense and clutch hitting.

The Reds pitching was good enough to win Games 2 & 3, but all components have to work in the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Reds, 3 games to 0.

A pitcher the Reds never beat, lefty Cole Hamels, pitched a complete game shutout, with 9 strikeouts, allowing five hits.

Great American Ball Park hosting its first playoff game ever, set a record for attendance, 44,599.

Cincinnati really had just one chance to score in the game against Hamels. Drew Stubbs led off the first inning with an infield single, and Brandon Phillips came up next and hit a line drive to left-centerfield. Speedy center fielder Shane Victorino ran the ball down in the gap. If he misses that ball, it’s at least a triple or even an inside-the-park home run with Phillips’ speed.

Media interview room backdrop (megasportsnews.com)

The Phillies scored in the first inning against Reds starter Johnny Cueto, who was victimized by shoddy defense. With one out, Placido Polanco singled to center, Ryan Howard singled to left and with two down Jayson Werth hit an easy third-out grounder to shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who threw high to first base, pulling Joey Votto off the bag scoring Polanco to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

Two topics of conversation was brought up in the pressbox at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati after that play. One, the Reds were in trouble because they have trouble scoring against Cole Hamels all the time and second of all, why was Orlando Cabrera playing shortstop with a right oblique problem. Backup shortstop Paul Janish was in the starting lineup on the game sheets but somehow Cabrera talked himself into the lineup. Bad choice.

Reds banner outside stadium (megasportsnews.com)

The final run came in the top of the fifth inning when Phillies second baseman Chase Utley homered to right-center field into the first row of seats to make it 2-0. The play was reviewed by the umpires because a fan had reached out and caught the ball as Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was making a play on the ball. The umpires deemed it a homer and not a ground rule double. The delay lasted for 1 minute, 13 seconds.

That was Utley’s 10th playoff series home run of all-time, which moves him past Jayson Werth for first on the Phillies list.

The Reds were making their first playoff appearance in 15 years and finished the regular season as the National League’s Number 1 offense and Number 2 defensive team. During the playoffs, they committed 8 errors, 6 in the last two games which simply killed them.

The National League Central Division, which the Reds were the champions of in 2010, has not done well in the playoffs losing 15 of their last 16 games.

The Philadelphia Phillies will be seeking their third straight NL Pennant when they face the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.

GAME NOTES:

* The Phillies are 10-2 all-time in clinching games (games in which the series ends with a Phillies win). The Phillies have won their last 6.

* Philadelphia is 4-0 on the road in the postseason when Cole Hamels pitches (4-3 at home).

* Cole Hamels joins Roy Halladay and Curt Schilling as the only 3 pitchers to throw a shutout in the Phillies postseason history.

* This was the first ever postseason series sweep in Phillies franchise history.

* In Cincinnati Reds postseason history, they have been swept 4 times, 1939 World Series vs. the Yankees; 1979 NLCS vs. the Pirates; 1995 NLCS vs. the Braves and now the 2010 NLDS vs. the Phillies.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM CINCINNATI REDS CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 718 to 45 722 Drew Stubbs Reds RF On the Phillies being tough (WPKO WBLL )

45 730 TO 45 732 Walt Jocketty Reds GM On Reds played hard (WPKO WBLL)

Dusty Baker still mum on new contract

Reds manager Dusty Baker (megasportsnews.com)

The Cincinnati Reds have offered Dusty Baker a new contract. It was offered even before the Reds had sewn up the NL Central Division championship.

But Baker is not saying much about the contract’s status. Several reports have said that he’ll sign the deal after the season is finished for good.

Currently in the final year of a three-year deal, Baker led the Reds to the 2010 NL Central Division title. This will be their first playoff appearance in 15 years.

There are reports from media sources saying that Baker is close to a new agreement that has some items put in that he specifically wants but in his words, “reports can be wrong.” His contract is not the main point according to Baker.

The Reds clinched the division title with a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

compiled from staff, TV, radio & wire reports

Pirates rally for 3 in the 9th to down Reds, 3-1

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Andrew McCutcheon doubled down the left field line with two outs and the bases loaded to drive in three runs and rally the Pirates to a 3-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.

The Pirates have seven fewer road win than any other team, but could have easily won all three at Great American Ball Park.  The game followed the same script as the first two in the series.  The Reds gave up a lead of 3-1 after eight innings on Friday and a lead of 3-0 after seven innings on Saturday, yet won both games in their last at bat.  Closer Francisco Cordero entered the game in the ninth inning on Sunday with a 1-0 lead following masterful pitching by Johnny Cueto, but gave up a walk and two singles before giving up McCutcheon’s double with the count 1-2.  The Reds loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Chris Heisey looked at strike three from reliever Joel Hanarahan to end the game.

Andrew McCutchen delivers game-winning double (MLB)

Johnny Cueto pitched brilliantly against Pittsburgh (megasportsnews.com file photo)

Cueto faced only three batters over the minimum and had only three balls leave the infield through the first six innings, and the Reds’ outfield caught all three.  The only Pirate hit in the first six innings was an infield hit by Neil Walker in the first.  Cueto worked out of a first-and-third jam in the seventh inning by striking out Ronnie Cedeno.  The Pirates’ Brian Burris was nearly as good, giving up four hits in seven innings.  In the fourth, he gave up the Reds’ only run, on back-to-back doubles by Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto, both on pitches with the count 0-2.

Reds celebrate Pete Rose’s 4192, 25 years later

Major League Baseball’s all-time hits king, Pete Rose made a rare-on-the-field appearance Saturday before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his record-setting hit number 4,192 at Cinergy Field.

Pete Rose stood at first base and tipped his cap to the screaming crowd in his native Cincinnati.

Wearing his patented Number 14 jersey, Rose was given permission by Major League Baseball to go on the field for the festive occasion.

Pete Rose (wfe cc photo)

Rose broke Ty Cobb’s record with a single to left-field off San Diego pitcher, the late Eric Show on September 11, 1985.

Rose, now 69-years-old, was greeted at first base by former teammates Tony Perez, Cesar Geronimo and several other former Reds players. Reds owner Bob Castellini gave Rose a trophy commemorating the anniversary.

Rose finished his career with 4,256 hits. He agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 for gambling on baseball.

There is a rose garden outside Great American Ball Park commemorating the spot where his record hit landed where Cinergy Field once stood.

compiled from staff, wire & Cincinnati Reds news

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