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POSTGAME NOTES: Cincinnati Reds 5 Cleveland Indians 3 Wednesday, June 13


50,747 Mat Latos Reds 5-3 win over Indians June 13, 2012

50,754 Brandon Phillips Reds 5-3 win over Indians June 13, 2012

Brandon Phillips was 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI's last night (2009 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

CINCINNATI, OHIO — * In the 16th season of Interleague play, the Reds are 102-126 vs. the American League.

* The Reds are 5-3 in Interleague play this year.

* There were two home runs hit last night in Great American Ball Park. That means there have been 1 homer hit in the last 58 games at GABP since 7/29/11 vs. San Francisco, a record.

* The Reds have spent the past 21 days in first place in the NL Central Division.

* The Reds are 38-39 vs. the Cleveland Indians, 16-10 at GABP.

* Reds 3B Scott Rolen could be activated in the next couple of days.

* The first 10,000 fans received a Brandon Phillips Silver Slugger Award Mini-Bat.

* Brandon Phillips is now hitting .347 (50-for-144, 6 doubles, 8 homers, 26 RBI’s, 6 steals) in his career against his former team, the Indians.

* Mat Latos finishes 7 innings for the fourth time this season.

* Mat Latos is 5-0 with a 3.73 ERA (60.1 IP, 25 ER) in his last 10 starts since an 11-1 loss at St. Louis. The Reds are 8-2 in those starts. He lowered his ERA against the AL from 3.62 to 3.49 ( 56.2 IP, 22 ER).

* Ryan Ludwick now has 11 RBI’s in his career off Derek Lowe (9-for-21, .429, 4 homers).

* Jay Bruce now has 49 career RBI’s with the bases loaded (13-for-56, .232, 3 doubles, 1 homer).

* LHP Bill Bray continues his rehab at Triple-AAA Louisville by throwing Thursday June 14 and June 15

* Reds scout Chet Montgomery, who signed several players during the Big Red Machine era including former infielder Doug Flynn, passed away a few weeks ago.

* The stars were in the house on Wednesday night as Urban Meyer, Kyle Busch, Pete Rose and Pete Rose, Jr. visited Great American Ball Ball Park.

* WINNING PITCHER: Mat Latos Reds, 5-2

LOSING PITCHER: Derek Lowe Indians, 7-5

SAVE: Aroldis Chapman Reds 7


TIME: 2:38


Stuart Mason assisted in this article




SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Johnny Bench, Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Legend



Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher ( photo)

When the Inaugural Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Game came to town this past weekend, the MLB Legends team had Reds Hall of Fame catcher, Johnny Bench.

The 64-year-old looked as if he could still play the game. But he told us that the knees and back would not hold up.

Johnny Lee Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 7, 1947 and grew up in Binger, Oklahoma.

Bench’s childhood dream was to become a major league baseball player and his father encouraged him to pursue the catching position would get him there quicker. Johnny listened to his dad and was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1965 amateur draft.

It only took two short years in the minor leagues and Bench made the Reds roster for the 1968 season. Bench was on his way to a stellar career and would have celebrity status.

Johnny bench in the batting cage (photo by Dave Maetzold)

Johnny played for the Reds from 1967 to 1983 and his teammates would include Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Bobby Tolan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Danny Driessen, Cesar Geronimo, Dave Concepcion and Ken Griffey, Sr. This group conprised the Big Red Machine, a team that dominated National League baseball in the 1970′s with their hitting, pitching, running and defense.

The Big Red Machine, under the direction of George Lee “Sparky” Anderson, won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

ESPN called Johnny the greatest catcher in baseball history.

A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, voted in back in 1989 with 96.42 percent of the vote, Bench was a 14-time All-Star and a two-time NL Most Valuable Player.

His other career accomplishments include: a .267 batting average, with 389 home runs, 1,376 RBI’s, a 10-time Gold Glove award winner, 1968 NL Rookie of the Year, 1976 World Series MVP, 1976 Babe Ruth Award, 1975 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 1981 Hutch Award, Major League Baseball All-Century Team, Major League Baseball All-Time Team and his #5 Cincinnati Reds jersey retired in 1984.

The Sporting News dubbed him as the greatest catcher ever in 1998, when he was named the 16th greatest player of all time.

In 1980, Bench set the endurance record by catching 100 or more games for 13 straight seasons.


Reds rally from 6-2 deficit to win Opening Day game vs. Brewers

Ramon Hernandez (file photo)

When Reds starter Edinson Volquez gave up back-to-back homers to the Brewers first two hitters, Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez, an Opening Day win looked pretty dim.

The back-to-back homers was the first time a major-league team started a season off in that fashion since the 1969 Cincinnati Reds with homers from Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan.

The Reds eventually fell behind 6-2, but began to rally against the Brewers shaky bullpen.

Games are never over in home-run haven Great American Ballpark where leads of 12-2 have evaporated over the years.

Ramon Hernandez sent the remaining home crowd from the announced sellout of 42,398 happy when he hit a two-out, three-run, opposite-field homer off John Axford to give the Reds a 7-6 win over the stunned Milwaukee Brewers.

The Reds had squandered scoring chances throughout the game by swinging at bad pitches and not being patient against the Brewers spotty pitching.

In the home ninth inning, there were not going to be denied.

Brandon Phillips opened with a single and Joey Votto drew a walk. Scott Rolen hit a a ground ball to third baseman Casey McGehee, who tried to tag Phillips who was running past him. However, Phillips avoided the tag as Rolen beat the throw to first base.

The Reds had the bases loaded. Jay Bruce struck out and then Jonny Gomes lined out to deep center-field scoring Phillips to make it Brewers 6 Reds 4. Then the hero of the day, Hernandez came to the plate. On a 0-1 pitch, the Reds’ catcher got a fastball that drifted into the strike zone and hit the ball to right-field where it fell into the Brewers bullpen and that was the game.

Also homering in the game for Milwaukee, Ryan Braun and for Cincinnati, Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto.

The winning pitcher for the Reds was Logan Ondrusek who threw a scoreless ninth inning.





NL Hank Aaron award goes to Reds’ Votto

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Joey Votto (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto , has been named the 2010 National League recipient of the 2010 Hank Aaron Award. The honor recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.

The American League winner is Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays who led the majors with 54 home runs.

The award was first given in 1999 to commemerate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.

Votto was second in the National League with a .324 batting average, and third in home runs (37) and RBIs (113). The 27-year-old Canadian led the NL in OPS (1,024) and batting on the road (.349).

Votto also won the 2010 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

Votto ranked in the top three in 11 offensive categories, the top five in 15 categories and the top eight in 18 categories.

Votto had a remarkable streak going from Nay 15 to July 3, he reached base safely in a career-high 41 straight games, the longest streak for a Cincinnati hitter since Pete Rose reached in 48 straight games in 1978.

Winning the Hank Aaron Award was no easy feat for Votto as he had to beat out Albert Pujols of St. Louis, David Wright of the Mets, Adam Dunn of Washington, Adrian Gonzalez of San Diego, Ryan Howard of Philadelphia and Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado. Since the season has ended, Adrian Gonzalez was traded to Boston and Adam Dunn signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox.

compiled from staff, MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds Votto wins National League MVP award over Pujols

Joey Votto (file photo)

Reds 1B Joey Votto at bat (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was a surprise MVP selection in the National League.

He was an overwhelmingly popular choice ending the two-year reign by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Votto, who helped Cincinnati reach the postseason for the first time in 15 years, received 31 of 32 first-place votes and 443 points in the voting which was announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Votto was on the NL All-Star for the first time in 2010, finished second in the league in batting average at .324 and third in homers (37) and RBI’s (113). He led the National League in slugging percentage (.600) and was the Major League leader in on-base percentage (.424).

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Votto becomes the third Canadian-born MVP, following Larry Walker of Colorado in 1997 and Justin Morneau of Minnesota in 2006.

Votto’s salary of $525,000 is sure to go up as he is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career.

The soft-spoken Canadian joins several Reds players who have won National League MVP honors: Ernie Lombardi (1938), Bucky Walters (1939), Frank McCormick (1940), Frank Robinson (1961), Johnny Bench (1970 & 1972), Pete Rose (1973), Joe Morgan (1975 & 1976), George Foster (1977) and Barry Larkin (1995). The Cincinnati Reds’ 12 Most Valuable Player awards are tied with the Giants for second in the NL behind the Cardinals (17). In the American League, the New York Yankees have 20.

Balloting was done at the end of the regular season.

Pujols, first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, was second with the remaining first-place vote and 279 points. He won the award in 2005, 2008 and 2009. He hit .312 and led the NL in homers (42) and RBI’s (118).

Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who won the NL batting title was third with 240 points, San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalex was fourth with 197 points, Troy Tuluwitzki of Colorado was fifth with 132 points and Roy Halladay, pitcher for Philadelphia was sixth with 130 points.

compiled from MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

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