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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reds beat Cubs; Indians lose to Royals

Staff writer Dan Hock also contributed to this story


When the Reds were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, most of the so-called baseball experts were saying that the Reds were done for good. At the time, the Cardinals took over the NL Central Division lead by a 1/2 game.

Since that sweep at Great American Ball Park, the Reds have won 11 of 15, including a 6-3 record on a recent trip out west to Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have taken control of the division and now leads by 5 games. They’ll go St. Louis for the last three games in the season series next weekend.

Jay Bruce (MLB)

Francisco Cordero (MLB)

In Cincinnati’s most recent game on Sunday, Kosuke Fukudome’s homer tied the game for Chicago in the top of the eighth inning at 5-5. But he quickly went from temporary hero to permanent goat in the bottom of the eighth inning as his throw went into a dugout booth that completed the Reds’ season-long dominance over the Cubs at 13 wins and 4 losses.

The Reds beat the Cubs on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, 7-5.

Cincinnati with the win now has a five-game lead in the NL Central, their biggest lead since the 2002 season, due to the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals lost to Washington 4-2 Sunday evening.

Fukudome’s two-run homer off of Arthur Rhodes tied the game at 5-5. But his throw from right field took a bad hop and went into a photographer’s booth behind third base, letting the go-ahead run to score off losing pitcher Sean Marshall, who is 6-5.

Rookie reliever Logan Ondrusek, now 4-0 is the winner. He stopped a Cubs’ potential big rally in the eighth inning. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 41 chances, including 11 in a row.

Jay Bruce was another star of the game, banging out his fourth homer of the series, a solo shot off Cubs rookie starter Casey Coleman, who pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and he was constantly under pressure as the Reds made him throw strikes.

The Reds matched their season high at 20 games over .500 (75-55). They haven’t been 21 games above since 1999, the last time they were a playoff contending team. If you recall, Cincinnati lost a one-game playoff to the New York Mets for the National League wild card berth in 1999.


* A statue of Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams will be unveiled Wednesday September 7th before the Cubs-Houston Astros game at Wrigley Field. The statue’s location will be on the corner of Addison and Sheffield Avenues.

* The Chicago Cubs used six rookie pitchers in an August 18th, 5-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. According to Major League Baseball, it is the first time this has been done in a game before September callups dating back to 1957, when  Major League Baseball first defined a rookie.

The six rookie pitchers are: starting pitcher Casey Coleman, who took the loss; James Russell, Thomas Diamond, Justin Berg, Marcus Mateo and Andrew Cashner.

* Lefthanded reliever James Russell of the Cubs is the son of former major league pitcher Jeff Russell.

Jeff Russell pitched for the Cincinnati Reds in his major league career in addition to the Texas Rangers.


Kila Ka’aihue knocked in the go-ahead double in the seventh inning to help Bruce Chen and the Kansas City Royals to a 6-2 Sunday win over the Cleveland Indians.

The 33-year-old left-handed Chen, with his 1oth major league team since 1998, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings on the mound. He’s now 9-7 on the season.

The Royals avoided a three-game sweep and pulled two games ahead of the last-place Indians in the AL Central. Kansas City is 5-17 on the road since July 8.

Ned Yost Royals manager (MLB)

Bruce Chen (MLB)

Mike Aviles blooped a one-out single off Fausto Carmona (11-13) and scored on Ka’aihue’s drive into the left-center gap to put the Royals ahead 3-2.

Closer Joakim Soria struck out the side in the ninth in a non-save situation. The right-hander has been the Royals clear-cut MVP  this season with 36 saves in 38 chances and converting on a team-record 28 straight. They pitched him on Sunday, because he had not pitched since Wednesday.

Royals manager Ned Yost got his 500th career win in the majors. The Royals are 43-52 since Yost replaced Trey Hillman on May 14. Yost’s forte’ is that he has a way of working and communicating with young talent and teams, which the Royals are.

The losing pitcher was Fausto Carmona, the Indians All-Star pitcher. He gave up three runs and six hits over 6-2-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-5 since beating Boston five starts ago on August 2.


* 91-year-old Bob Feller, the Indians pitching great watched the game from his regular seat in the press box. The third-oldest living Hall of Famer had missed five games while getting treatment for leukemia.

complied from staff, wire & baseball news

Game 1 to St. Louis as Mike Leake gets rocked in fourth inning

Skip Schumaker belted his first grand slam during St. Louis’ biggest inning of the year Monday night that gave Chris Carpenter his ninth straight win over the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3.

The Cardinals are 1 game behind the Reds in second place in the NL Central Division.

Skip Schumaker St. Louis (MLB)

St. Louis sent 12 batters to the plate for seven runs in the fourth inning, giving rookie Mike Leake (7-4)  a nightmare as he suffered one of his worst pitching performances of the season. Schumaker’s grand slam, made it 6-o. He has only 19 major league homers.

Chris Carpenter (13-3) has beaten the Reds in every start since 2006. He allowed five hits and a pair of runs in the seventh inning.

A crowd of 36,353 was all fired up for one of the biggest series in Great American Ball Park’s eight-year history. The Cincinnati Reds haven’t been in first place this late in a season since 1999 when they were still playing in Cinergy Field. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 1995; haven’t won a world championship since 1990 and haven’t had a winning season since 2000. So in this 2010 season, the Reds are trying end at least two of those streaks, getting to the playoffs and having a winning record.

compiled from staff, Cincinnati Reds news

MLB UPDATE: Reds and Indians Sunday results

Atlanta at Cincinnati

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips made the most of very few scoring opportunities for the Reds on Sunday.

Phillips hit a tying triple with two-out in the fifth inning and scored the tie-breaking run on shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s error, helping Cincinnati win the rubber game of the weekend series over Atlanta, 2-1.

Brandon Phillips (mlb)

Ramon Hernandez was on first base when Phillips hit a high a fly ball down the right-field line that just eluded a diving Jason Heyward and bounded into the corner.

Orlando Cabrera followed with a routine grounder to Gonzalez, but the former Reds shortstop dropped the ball, allowing Phillips to score while Cabrera easily beat the throw to first base.

The NL East- leading Braves have lost three of four and went 3-6 on their 10-day road trip, winning one game in each city.

The Reds have won three of four and remained a half-game behind the St. Louis Cardinals who swept Pittsburgh with a 9-1 win on Sunday.

Edinson Volquez (2-1) was the winning pitcher. He was wild in five innings, walking five and hitting a batter but gave up just one run, three hits, struck out seven on 96 pitches in just his fourth start since undergoing elbow surgery last August.

The Reds bullpen was solid again with Jordan Smith, Bill Bray and Nick Masset each pitching one inning. Closer Francisco Cordero finished for his 29th save.

There were 40,871 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The third sellout of the series, put the total at 122,855, the most for a three-game weekend series since the park opened in 2003.

Cleveland at Toronto

Asdrubal Cabrera belted a two-run homer, Jason Donald added a solo shot and the Indians beat the Blue Jays 5-4, their sixth win in seven games against Toronto.

Major League home run leader Jose Bautista (#32), Aaron Hill and Yunel Escobar all blasted solo homers for Toronto, but the Jays lost for the ninth time in 13 home games against the young Indians.

With all of the recent trades by Cleveland lately, Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan are the only players over the age of 30 and Asdrubal Cabrera is 24. All three are considered leaders of the team.

Jeanmar Gomez (Clippers photo)

For the second time in three weeks, right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (2-0) came through for Cleveland after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. Working on three days rest, Gomez threw 85 pitches, allowed two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two.

Five Indians relievers preserved the win: Tony Sipp, Frank Hermann, Rafael Perez, Joe Smith and Chris Perez, the new closer, picked up his 12th save.

Toronto leads the majors in home runs with 161 and have hit one in 13 consecutive games, blasting 31 during that time frame.

compiled from staff and wire reports

Cincinnati-area native Cook beats the Reds again, 1-0


Staff writer Dan Hock also contributed to this game story.

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Colorado Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook is from the Cincinnati area and grew up a Reds fan. He has always had the knack of beating his hometown team. He is 3-0 with a 4.12 ERA in 9 games against Cincinnati. Matter-of-fact, the rockies have beaten the Reds 9 times in a row when Aaron Cook starts against them.

On Sunday he beat them again!

Chris Iannetta Rockies (mlb)

Chris Iannetta homered off Reds rookie left-hander Travis Wood and Aaron Cook finally won his first road game of the season in six decisions, leading the Rockies to a 1-0 win over the Reds.

The top two National League offenses were shutdown on a hot, breezy Sunday and it’s hard to believe that only one run was scored in Great American Ball Park, usually an offensive palace.

Iannetta, a catcher, connected in the sixth inning, just one of three hits off Wood.

Cook (4-5) lasted seven innings. Coming into the game, he was 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA on the road.

Huston Street, escaped a ninth-inning threat by the Reds to get his 6th save.

The Reds have dropped five 1-0 decisions this year.

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

45 261 Travis Wood Reds LHP Hard for him to get a win (

45 262 Travis Wood Reds LHP Good pitch to Chris Iannetta on homer (

45 263 Travis Wood Reds LHP What has he learned in four MLB starts (

45 265 Nick Masset Reds RHP Are the Reds tired of 1-0 games (


* The Reds have spent 51 days in first place.

* Cincinnati has been shut out 11 times this season.

* Rockies prospects Wilin Rosario and Christian Fredrich were selected to the 2010 Futures All-Star Game in Anaheim. Fredrich was selected as the number one pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft. Rosario, a catching prospect, is hitting .275 with 12 homers thru 57 games. Both players are at Tulsa, the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies.

Arroyo, Bullpen and Phillips get Reds back on winning track against Rockies


CINCINNATI, OHIO-The Reds are celebrating their 1990 championship season this weekend by bringing back the players and coaches from that team that shocked the baseball world by sweeping the ‘Bash Brothers” Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco and the entire Oakland A’s team to win the World Series.

MC Hammer performed for the Reds fans (

MC Hammer and his entourage (

The evening kicked off with MC Hammer performing before the game in the right-field entertainment stage. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” was the Reds’ theme song in 1990 which played in the locker room after a win. I remember it well, because I was covering the Reds in those days as well.

As part of the celebration, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers, part of the “Nasty Boys” bullpen, which is the reason the team picked MC Hammer’s song, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Leadoff batter Brandon Phillips got the Reds rolling (

Now to the Reds win over Colorado.

Brandon Phillips had three hits and Arthur Rhodes pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the eighth inning Friday night, as the Reds held off the Colorado Rockies, 3-2.

The Reds are finally playing a home game in July. They haven’t played a game at home since June 30. They had lost five of the last six games on the recently completed road trip to Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

Bronson Arroyo at 10-4, is slowly becoming the ace of the Reds starting staff, was cruising along until Miguel Olivo hit a first-pitch solo homer leading off the eight inning to cut the Reds lead to 3-2.

Olivo’s home run was caught by a fan in the first row of the left-field bleachers, which looked like fan interference as Reds LF Jonny Gomes went back to the wall to make a play.

Reds manager Dusty Baker asked for a review to see if the fan interfered. Plate umpire Tom Hallion upheld the call after a review that took 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Arthur Rhodes came on in relief of Arroyo in the eighth and walked pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs to load the bases. The 40-year-old lefty then got Dexter Fowler on a shallow fly ball to right-field; struck out Jonathan Herrera and Carlos Gonzalez as the raucous crowd of 37,188 stood with approval.

Francisco Cordero gave up a walk in the ninth inning before gaining his 25th save in 31 tries.

The losing pitcher was Jason Hammel (7-4) who struck out a career-high 10 batters. His only mistake was not keeping the speedy Brandon Phillips off base who stole scored two runs and stole a base.

The win over Colorado is surprising for the Reds. Since 2007, the Reds are 4-16 against Rockies.

Also by winning, the Reds ended their 23-inning scoreless streak which happened in the nightmarish Philadelphia series.

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

45 223 Brandon Phillips Reds 2B Important to end 23 inning scoreless streak (

45 224 Brandon Phillips Reds 2B Where the Reds be without Arthur Rhodes (

45 225 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP At 40 how long will he play (

45 226 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP Team is not dead losing 4 in a row (

45 227 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP He was pumped up in the 8th inning (

45 229 Francisco Cordero Reds closer Does Arthur Rhodes surprise him at 40 (

45 232 Francisco Cordero Reds closer He was pumped in the 9th inning (



* Bronson Arroyo earned the win and has won 5 of his last 6 starts. It was his 3rd straight quality start.

* Orlando Cabrera’s RBI-ground out snapped a 23-straight inning scoreless streak for the Reds. The longest streak since September 21-25, 2003.

* The Reds snapped a 9-game losing streak to the Rockies and a 6-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park against the Rockies.

* Scott Rolen stole his first base of the season in the 8th inning.


* Jason Hammel took the loss, snapping a career-high 6-game winning streak.

* Jason Hammel struck out 10 batters, setting a new career high. His old mark was a high of 8, six times, most recently against San Francisco on July 4, 2010.

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