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Reds Disappointing After All-Star Break in 10 Game Homestand

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

After the All-Star break and before the 10 game home-stand, the Reds (46-50) were only 4 games under .500 and had the opportunity to improve their record above .500.

Cincinnati began their home-stand with a four game series against the hot New York Mets – the Mets had currently the best run of any team in MLB with an 8 game winning streak before facing the Reds. In the first game of the series, the Reds had an 8-6 lead that they blew in the 9th inning, allowing the Mets to score 4 runs on their route to a 10-6 victory as well as their biggest comeback of the season. In the second game, the Reds played better using a minimal rally to score 4 runs in the 5th inning to win 5-2. In the third game, the Reds won pretty convincingly with a 7-2 victory. The last game of the series, the Reds lost 7-5 in 10 innings on Encarcion’s throwing error. In essence, they should have swept the Mets and been at .500 with a 50-50 record, but the blown save in the 9th of the first game and Encarcion’s throwing error in the last game of the series was crucial points of the Reds splitting the series with the Mets.

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In the next three games of the home-stand, the San Diego Padres had a 6 game losing streak heading into Cincinnati. The Reds had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and San Diego had never came back to win after being down eight innings all season, until they played the Reds and rallied to score 3 runs in the 9th inning for a 6-4 win to snap their 6 game losing streak. That was another disappointing blown save and loss for the Reds. The next two games Cincinnati won 4-3 on Keppinger’s run-scoring double in the 11th inning, and the final game of the series a 9-5 pounding, with the highlight of the game Dunn batting 2-of-4 hitting a grand slam and an RBI single. Overall, not bad winning 2 of 3 against San Diego, but again Cincinnati should have swept San Diego.

The Reds had done so-so in the homestand before wrapping up the last 3 games of the home-stand against the Colorado Rockies. The Reds just had a meltdown and were swept in 3 games to the Rockies with scores of 7-2, 5-1, and an embarrassing 11-0 shutout to close out their 10 game home-stand. I don’t understand how the Reds did decent in their first 7 games against New York and San Diego, even though they blew a few games, although they were close and stuck with both New York and San Diego in the games they lost, but I can’t believe they played so poorly against Colorado.

The Reds finished their homestand winning only 4 of 10 games. Now Cincinnati is in a midst of a 6 game road stand with 3 game series against the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The Astros beat the Reds 5-4 and 6-2 to jump ahead of the Reds for 4th place in the NL Central, while Cincinnati has now lost five games in a row and the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up to fifth place to be a half-game ahead of the last place Reds.

Dragons Brawl Gets Ugly

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

It was not your typical baseball brawl Thursday night, July, 24th at Fifth Third Field between the Dayton Dragons and Peoria Chiefs. This had to be one of the nastiest brawls in Single A baseball. In 9 seasons of baseball since the Dragons began playing in the ballpark in 2000, this was the first real serious baseball brawl at Fifth Third Field. Hence, is why the brawl made national news channels such as ESPN News and CNN. What made this on-field baseball brawl different from your typical baseball brawl was when 21 year old pitcher Juan Castillo meant to throw the ball at the Dragons dugout, but missed and hit a middle aged spectator in the crowd.

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If you are interested in reading and seeing all the details and consequences, this is 1 of the articles and videos from the Dayton Daily News.

I went to the Dragons game the day before against Peoria on Wednesday July 23rd and watched the Dragons win 4-3 on a walk-off homerun. The Dragons went onto sweep the Peoria Chiefs in 3 games.

Reds Head into All-Star Break as an Improved Team

Monday, July 14th, 2008

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The Cincinnati Reds are no longer in the cellar and they have moved-up to fourth place in the NL Central Division.

The Reds (46-50) head into the All-star break only 4 games under .500. In the last 10 games, Cincinnati went 7-3 with a 4 game sweep at home against Washington, winning 1 of 3 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, and 2 of 3 at Milwaukee.

After the All-Star break, the Reds will resume with a 10 game home-stand on Thursday, July 17th as they start with 4 games against the hot New York Mets. The Mets go into the All-Star break with an 8 game winning steak – currently the best run of any team in Major League Baseball. After playing the Mets, they will take on San Diego and Colorado, each in a three game series.

Hopefully the Reds can take advantage of this 10 game home-stand and get their overall record above .500.  At home, they have a 26-19 record and are 16-12 against teams in the NL East. After sweeping the Nationals in 4 games at home back in early July, the Reds will get a chance to add to their home winning streak.

Clippers Only 1 Game Behind First-Place Toledo

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

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Improvement has been the key for the Columbus Clippers this season.   

The Clippers are in the midst of a 10 game road stand.  They split their first 2 games with Indianpolis losing 3-8 and winning 6-5,  finish out their next 3 of their 4 games this weekend against International League North first-place Pawtucket (won 4-3 last night), and finish their last 4 games next week against the other team tied for the first-place International League North, the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees. 

They have the best record of any AAA team in the last 10 games going 8-2. As long as Columbus doesn’t fall apart, or go into too many slumps, they should be able to make the playoffs this season.  Hopefully they can keep doing well and take first place in the International League West.

Griffey Hits Milestone 600th Home Run

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Jerry Hariston lead off and hit a single to start the top of the first inning, Jay Bruce struck out looking, and Hariston stole second and third, then it was Ken Griffey Jr who would make history against left handed pitcher Mark Hariston.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a 2 run shot on a 3-1 pitch in the top of the first inning on Monday night against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium to become the sixth player in baseball history to achieve the milestone of 600 career home runs.  

The only other players to hit 600 home runs are Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays.

Griffey blasted it 413 feet into the right field seats, and then fans were scrambling for the ball.  After he rounded the bases and gave high fives to his teammates in the dugout, Griffey came out of the dugout and received a standing ovation for his accomplishment from Florida Marlin fans.

The Reds went onto beat the Marlins 9-4.

Griffey Going for 600th Home Run

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Ken Griffey Jr. is looking to reach a milestone by hitting his 600th home run of his baseball career.  

Griffey hit home run number 598 against the San Diego Padres Thursday night in their 8-2 loss.  He had not hit a home run in his last 90 at-bats.  The last time he homered was about a month ago on April 23rd against Houston.  It was the second longest drought of his career without hitting a home run. 

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The thirty-eight year old is in his 20th season batting .247 and has hit 5 HRs, 22 RBIS, and scored 20 runs this season.  His prime with hitting home runs was with the Seattle Mariners back in 1997 and 1998 when he had 56 home runs both seasons.

Obviously, he is past his prime, but hopefully Griffey can become the sixth major league baseball player in history to hit 600 career home runs this season.  (Now if only the Reds could be good and achieve a milestone by finally making the playoffs).

Dunn, Reds Sweep Indians

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The Cincinnati Reds swept the Cleveland Indians in a three game series this weekend in Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark. 

The Reds beat the Tribe on Friday 4-3, 4-2 Saturday, and 6-4 to conclude the series on Sunday. 

Former Dayton Dragons player, Reds left fielder Adam Dunn was the star in the series having a home run in each game.  He was a big contributor for Cincinnati in all 3 games.  On Friday, Dunn had the bases-loaded go-ahead walk for the Reds in their 4-3 victory.  On Saturday when they were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Dunn hit the game winning 3 run homer to make it 4-2.  Dunn has continuted his streak of 4 straight games with a home run.  The streak of 4 straight games with a home run matches his career high of home runs when he did it in August 2004 and June 2006.

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The 21-23 Cincinnati Reds are on a 6 game winning streak and have swept Florida and Cleveland in their 6 game homestand.  Not only did they sweep Cleveland, but they are no longer in last place in the division and have their longest winning streak of the season. 

The Cincinnati Reds will now have to keep the winning streak alive and test it out on the road as they head out to southern California this week and begin their 7 game road stand.  They take on Los Angeles Dodgers in 3 games starting Monday night at 10:10PM and then move on to play a 4 game series with San Diego.

Clippers Improving This Season

Friday, May 16th, 2008

After having a rough start to begin the season (3-9 at one point), the Columbus Clippers have improved and now have a current record of 23-19. 

In the last 10 games Columbus is 6-4. The Clippers are 11-9 at home and 12-10 on the road.   They are only 4 games behind 27-15 first place Toledo in the International League West Standings. 

Standings >

Team Wins Losses PCT GB Home Away Last 10 Streak
International League North
Scranton/WB  28  13  .683  –  17-6  11-7  6-4  L2 
Pawtucket  25  17  .595  3.5  16-6  9-11  8-2  W2 
Syracuse  24  17  .585  4.0  11-10  13-7  5-5  L1 
Buffalo  18  23  .439  10.0  9-10  9-13  5-5  L2 
Rochester  17  25  .405  11.5  11-10  6-15  3-7  L1 
Lehigh Valley  11  31  .262  17.5  8-11  3-20  7-3  W3 
International League South
Richmond  22  18  .550  –  13-7  9-11  4-6  L1 
Durham  18  22  .450  4.0  9-11  9-11  5-5  L1 
Charlotte  17  23  .425  5.0  10-11  7-12  3-7  W1 
Norfolk  13  27  .325  9.0  8-11  5-16  0-10  L10 
International League West
Toledo  27  15  .643  –  16-7  11-8  6-4  W1 
Louisville  25  16  .610  1.5  12-7  13-9  8-2  W5 
Columbus  23  19  .548  4.0  11-9  12-10  6-4  W1 
Indianapolis  20  22  .476  7.0  10-11  10-11  4-6  W1 

Tonight, the Clippers finish their road stand against Rochester before returning home to take on the first-place Toledo Mud Hens for two games and then playing the next two games at Toledo. 

If the Columbus Clippers can win tonight against Rochester and sweep Toledo in 4 games, then the Columbus Clippers can take first-place in the International League West Standings.

Clippers Off to a Rough Start

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

The Columbus Clippers are off to a rough start with a 3-9 record and they are currently in last place in the International League West Division. The Clippers currently have the second worst record in Triple AAA baseball, with only Lehigh Valley playing as poorly with a 1-11 start.

An interesting fact about the Clippers is that they didn’t make the AAA playoffs during the mid 1990’s when they were affiliated with the New York Yankees.  However, 18 Clipper players from that ERA played with, the World Champion Yankees of 1996, including Derek Jeter, Jorge Posanda, Mariano Rivera, and Bernie Williams.                                    

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The Columbus Clippers are currently affiliated with the Washington Nationals, and their management voted recently to sign a two year player development contract with the Nationals.

The Clippers go on a 4 game road stand starting tonight against the Durham Bulls before returning home to play the Indianapolis Indians.

Dragons Sweep Wizards in First 4 Game Home Stand of Season

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

The Dayton Dragons swept the Fort Wayne Wizards in their first 4 game home stand of the season at Fifth Third Field on April 7th through April 10th. 

The Dragons swept the Fort Wayne Wizards with scores of 3-2, 5-4, 8-5, and 8-1. 

For those that are wondering about the Dayton Dragons, the Dayton Dragons play in minor league single A Midwest League baseball. The Dayton Dragons are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Two famous Dayton Dragons baseball players to move up and play in the MLB with the Cincinnati Reds are Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn.

The Dayton Dragons are currently 5-3.  The Dayton Dragons begin a 6 game road stand starting with 3 games against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and finishing the next 3 games with the Beloit Snappers.