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Radio, TV reports say Reds, Ludwick agree to 2-year deal pending physical

 

There are reports on radio, television and the internet reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a two-year, $15-million deal pending completion of a physical.

Ludwick signed a bargain-basement one-year, $2-million contract with Cincinnati in 2012 and emerged as the club’s regular left fielder and one of its most potent hitters to go along with Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Ryan Ludwick was the Reds cleanup hitter in 2012 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

After struggling with the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, the 34-year-old Ludwick, had a bounce-back season in 2012 where he hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs to help Cincinnati win the National League Central Division title.

He has played 10 Major League seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds and is a .263 career hitter with 143 homers, 530 runs batted in and 850 base hits.

Ohio Bobcats 75 Hampton Pirates 67; Offutt scores 23 for Ohio

 

Former Ohio State player, Walter Offutt, who has found a home with Ohio University, scored 23 points last night in his team’s 75-67 win over 0-3 Hampton University.

The Bobcats are 4-0 to start the new season.

Walter Offutt

Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) connected on four of his 12 field goal attempts but made his way to the free-throw line 15 times, sinking 13 shots from the stripe. He was joined in double figures by Ivo Baltic’s 16 points and D.J. Cooper’s 12. David Bruce led all scorers for Hampton, scoring 20 points while also grabbing 12 boards.

Ohio shot 21-of-49 (42.9 percent) from the field and connected on 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) of its shots from distance. The Bobcats were able to force the Pirates into 24 turnovers, taking advantage of these miscues by scoring 32 points from them. Ohio swatted away eight Hampton shots in the win.

The Pirates shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) including a 20 percent (2-of-10) from three-point range. Hampton out-rebounded Ohio by 17, collecting 43 rebounds to Ohio’s 26.

 

Portions of this story from Ohio University press release

Willis pitches strong again; Reds offense stagnant in 2-0 loss to Pirates

 

Dontrelle Willis (megasportsnews.com photo)

Lefty Dontrelle Willis (0-1) pitched well again for the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh.

In his second start since being called up from Triple-A Louisville. The former All-Star allowed only two runs in 4.2 innings, striking out five and walking one.

Willis was taken out because he had warmed up before the game, during the first inning rain delay and again when the game resumed.

Charlie Morton pitched the Pirates into sole possession of first place with a 2-0 win over the Reds Monday night.

Morton, now 8-5 won for the first time since June 15. He gave up three hits, struck out three and walked two. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

The Pirates lead the NL Central by a 1/2 game over Milwaukee.

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds & Pittsburgh Pirates 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)

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.

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