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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.

ENTERTAINMENT: MC Hammer to perform at Friday’s Reds-Rockies game as part of 1990 World Series Championship Celebration

info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds photo credit

Stanley Kirk Burrell, known as the legendary hip hop performer and Grammy Award winner MC Hammer, will be bringing his high-energy show to Great American Ball Park on Friday, July 16 as part of the celebration of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds.

MC Hammer (WAXX-TV photo)

Included in the game ticket for the Reds-Rockies game at 7:10 p.m. will be:

-Two shows by MC Hammer and his dancers

-A tribute to the 1990 World Series Champion Reds

-Members of the 1990 team appearing in person throughout the evening

-Postgame fireworks show presented by Klosterman Baking Company

MC Hammer’s pre-game concert will run 6 to 6:40 p.m. on the right field porch and a second show will be on the field approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game. He will also do a meet and greet with fans in the FanZone.

Hammer is best known for a series of chart-topping hits in the late 80′s and early 90′s including “Too Legit to Quit” and “U Can’t Touch This,” which was Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop#1 single in June of 1990 and became the unofficial anthem of the 1990 Reds, which was played often in the Reds clubhouse.

Hammer is a huge baseball fan and served as the batboy for the Oakland A’s from 1972 to 1980.

Fans can purchase Reds tickets at:


* Call 513-381-REDS

*At the Great American Ball Park office

Ubaldo Jimenez beats another ace pitcher in upping record to 13-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ubaldo Jimenez is making older baseball fans remember the days of Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Gaylord Perry and Tom Seaver.

The impressive start of his to the 2010 season is that he continually beats the opposition’s best pitcher or staff “ace” in this case. Jimenez has beaten Roy Oswalt and Tim Lincecum and the Minnesota Twins’ Francisco Liriano wasn’t any competition either.

Ulbaldo Jimenez (Dick Johnson photo)

Jimenez allowed one run on eight hits in Colorado’s 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, improving to 13-1 on the season, the best start by a pitcher since Roger Clemens went 14-0 in 1986.

Jimenez struck out four and walked two, dropping his earned run average to an unheard of 1.15 and improving to 10-0 when he takes to the mound after a Rockies loss this season.

The highly-publicized and anticipated matchup against Liriano (4-6) was basically over from the opening inning. Liriano allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings for the Twins. That wasn’t bad, but not good when facing a hot pitcher like Jimenez.

Jimenez became just the second pitcher in the last 80 years to win at least 13 of his first 14 starts, according to STATS LLC.Roger Clemens of Boston went 13-0 in 1986 and Lefty Grove also went 13-1 in 1932 for the Yankees.

Ubaldo Jimenez no-hits Atlanta, 4-0

compiled by the staff

Ubaldo Jimenez (Dick Johnson photo)

Ubaldo Jimenez found his groove and found the strike zone on Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves were not going to hit him at all.

Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter in the Rockies’ 18-year history and the majors first this season. He got help from Atlanta native Dexter Fowler, who made a spectacular catch in the seventh inning of a 4-0 win over the Braves in Atlanta.

Firing fastballs that reached 98 mph into the ninth inning, Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter since White Sox ace Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.

The San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are the remaining franchises without a no-hitter.

After walking the leadoff batter in the fifth inning, his sixth walk, Jimenez took advice from pitching coach Bob Apadaca and began working only out of the stretch.

He retired the next 15 batters to end it. Fowler made a diving catch in left-center on Troy Glaus sinking line drive, which was the Braves best chance for a hit.

Jimenez threw a major-league high 128 pitches against Atlanta, but the heavy workland is nothing new for the Dominican right-hander. He had at least 100 pitches in 29 of his 33 starts last year and finished with 3,570 total, second-most in the National League hehind St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright with 3,614.