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Reds end long night with 8-7 win over Washington Nationals

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals had wild game which ended at 12:35 Wednesday morning in Cincinnati with the home team winning, 8-7.

Rookie Mike Leake pitched five masterful innings before a long rain delay of over 2 hours Tuesday night. After the rain delay, the Reds bullpen almost blew a seven-run lead before holding off the Nationals.

Mike Leake Reds (Arizona State photo)

Speaking of the Reds bullpen, it is about to undergo a major shakeup. The Reds management has signed Russ Springer to a minor league contract and they’ve offered Jason Isringhausen a contract. Both are former St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and have the experience the Reds need to win the division.

What they’ll probably do is put Springer and Isringhausen in the late innings with Arthur Rhodes and Francisco Cordero; move Nick Masset to the middle innings. Odd men out would be Jordan Smith and Logan Ondrusek.

Now back to Tuesday’s game.

Leake became the Reds first rookie to open a season 7-1 since Wayne Simpson in 1970. The 22-year-old gave up five hits in five innings.

Leake, who has been overshadowed by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, leads all National League pitchers with a .385 batting average. He singled home a run in the fourth inning.

Cincinnati led 5-1 in the middle of the fifth inning, when a rainstorm forced a 2-hour, 40-minute delay. The 8-1 lead almost disappeared when Nationals offense came alive against the Reds bullpen.

Washington sent 10 batters to the plate for six runs in the sixth off relievers Micah Owings and Bill Bray. Ryan Zimmerman blasted a two-run homer and Michael Morse had a pinch-hit, bases-loaded triple.

Francisco Cordero, the Reds closer, struck out Adam Dunn to end the game.

The Reds still trail St. Louis by a half game, because the Cardinals beat Philadelphia for a second night in a row.

GAME NOTES

* 37-year-old Jason Isringhausen, who is a free agent, is trying to come back from two elbow operations in the last two years. He has throw for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty who offered him a contract.

* Syracuse Chief Chase Lambin was voted the TOP Star-MVP in the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game in a 2-1 victory over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Lambin had a RBI double in the win.

Syracuse is the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Alex Wimmers named National Pitcher of the Year

info courtesy of Ohio State

Alex Wimmers has been chosen as the best pitcher in college baseball for the 2010 season. Ohio State’s junior All-American, who had a 9-0 record and a 1.61 earned run average this season, was named by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) as its National Pitcher of the Year earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas.

Wimmers, just the second winner of the CBF’s National Pitcher of the Year Award after Stephen Strasburg won it in 2009, was chosen the honor over an all-star lineup of outstanding collegiate pitchers, including finalists Drew Pomerantz, who was 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA this year for Mississippi, and Chris Sale, the Florida Gulf Coast pitcher, who was 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA.

Alex Wimmers Best College Pitcher (OSU)

The 10 semifinalists included Arizona State’s Seth Blair, Cal State Fullerton’s Noe Ramirez, Coastal Carolina’s Anthony Meo, Texas’ Chance Ruffin, Texas A&M’s John Stilson, Virginia’s Danny Hultzen and TCU’s Matt Purke.

Bob Todd, Ohio State’s retiring baseball coach, attended the awards show in support of his ace hurler.

Career-wise Wimmers, who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins, ranks among Ohio State’s all-time Top 5 in four key statistical areas and he is sixth in another. He is fourth at Ohio State in fewest runs allowed (81) and he is fifth in strikeouts (273), fewest earned runs (71) and fewest hits (173). He is also sixth in earned run average (2.94). His 18 career victories rank 23rd. His strikeout total is also good for a 16th place tie all-time in the Big Ten Conference.

Strasburg suffers first loss in majors, 1-0

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rookie righthander Stephen Strasburg struck out nine and allowed one run in six innings pitched in his fourth major league start. However, his Washington Nationals were shut out by the Kansas City Royals, 1-0 on Wednesday.

Stephen Strasburg Nationals (mlb)

Strasburg who is 2-1, got his 41st strikeout on the last batter he faced, Scott Podsednik on an 83 mph curveball. That strikeout broke a record held by Herb Score, who fanned 40 in his first four major league starts for the Cleveland Indians back in 1955.

Strasburg allowed nine hits and lowered his ERA 1.78.

No surprise! Strasburg selected NL player of the week

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

The Washington Nationals rookie phenom, Stephen Strasburg has been selected National League player of the week.

Stephen Strasburg Nationals (mlb)

The hard-throwing right-hander is 2-0 with 22 strikeouts and a 2.19 ERA in two major league starts against Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

His strikeout were the most in the majors last week. Only Karl Spooner of the 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers has fanned more batters in his first two career starts.

Strasburg wins but ran out of gas in 6th; 32,876 impressed

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Stephen Strasburg experience stopped in Cleveland on Sunday. He threw hard, but Cleveland made him throw alot of pitches, 95 to be exact in 5 1/3 innings but he won 9-4. The phenom drew 32,876 fans to Progressive Field which hadn’t seen that many fans since Opening Day and when the Cincinnati Reds visited last month.

Stephen strasburg (mlb)

With Strasburg pitching, ticket sales increased by 15,000, including the baseball team’s favorite, the-walkup-crowd  which totaled 3,823.

Strasburg hit 99 mph on the gun and hit 100 but Travis Hafner hit that pitch over the right-field fence in the second inning to make it a 1-1. But Strasburg threw several pitches between 80 and 86 mph using curve balls and changeups to get batters out.

David Huff was the losing pitcher, he’s 2-8.

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