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Morning Sports Report – 4/15/2014

The last time the Reds and Pirates faced each other, Pittsburg won 6-2 and sent Cincinnati home from the playoffs earlier than expected. The two teams met Monday night for the first time, since last year’s wild-card game, when they opened a three-game set at Great American Ballpark. Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice, and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension with the score tied at 7-all. Given the conditions, it was a shocking slugfest, one already in the record book with at least three innings left. It’ll be resumed in the top of the seventh inning tonight at 5:30 p.m. Pittsburgh hit six solo shots and Cincinnati had four homers, most of them into a heavy rain. Already, it’s the most homers in a major league game since 2006 and the most combined homers for a game in Great American Ball Park’s 12-year history. Pittsburgh also had three sets of back-to-back homers, only the third time that’s happened in major league history. Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto have connected on 2-run homeruns and Devin Mesoraco also went deep for Cincinnati.

The Reds and Pirates will finish the first game of the series tomorrow night at 5:30. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game set for 5:00 p.m. Game two will take place immediately following.

It’s going to be at least another month before starter Mat Latos is able to join the Reds’ rotation. Latos has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in his elbow and will be shut down for 10-14 days. The big right-hander opened the season on the disabled list because of knee surgery in February. He had been aiming to make his debut around mid-April, but felt discomfort in his forearm during a bullpen session and an MRI taken Saturday revealed the flexor mass strain.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has continued to make a rapid recovery in the nearly one month since he was struck in the face by a line drive during Spring Training. The latest milestone came on Monday, when Chapman pitched off a bullpen mound for the first time. Chapman threw 25 pitches in the bullpen at Great American Ball Park with general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price among those watching. There is still no timetable however for when Chapman might face hitters or perform fielding drills.

Jake Kish, Andrew Losey and Wyatt Bragg combined to throw five shutout innings and Trimble improved to (5-1) and (3-0) in the TVC-Hocking after shutting out Belpre 10-0 last night. Alexander remained perfect in the TVC-Ohio after defeating county rival Nelsonville-York 28-0. Federal Hocking knocked off defending league champion Southern 3-2 to improve to (4-2) overall and (3-2) in league play. The Athens Bulldogs fell to 0-2 in the TVC-Ohio after losing 7-0 at Meigs.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have played 1,032 regular season games without winning a playoff game, the third longest streak in NHL history. The Jackets will have an opportunity to end the streak when they take on Pittsburg tomorrow night at Consol Energy Center in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. With one of the youngest rosters in the NHL, Columbus won 4 games in 7 nights in 4 different cities last week to clinch the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Jackets, which will be playing in only their 2nd post season in franchise history, went 0-5 against the Penguins this year and only led for 56 seconds of the 300 minutes played between the two teams. The first two games of the series will be played in Pittsburg on Wednesday and Saturday, games 3 and 4 will take place at Nationwide Arena next Monday and Wednesday at 7:00PM.

This article was posted on Monday, 14 April 2014 at 10:16 PM.
Last edited/updated on April 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM.
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