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Morning Sports Report – 4/23/2014

Starter Johnny Cueto earned his 2nd consecutive complete game victory and the Cincinnati Reds defeated Pittsburg 4-1 last night at PNC Park. Cueto had tossed 21 consecutive scoreless innings and was working on a second consecutive complete game shutout before Andrew McCutcheon homered in the bottom of the 9th inning. Cueto allowed just three hits, struck out four and walked three to improve to 2-2 this season. Billy Hamilton was 2-for-5 at the plate, scored once, and stole his 8th base of the year. Jay Bruce and Brayan Pena were both 2-for-4 and each collected an RBI. Cincinnati will look to take a 2-1 lead in the 4 game series tonight and will send Alfredo Simon to the mound. The Pirates will counter with right hander Charlie Morton.

The timetable for getting Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in front of hitters again seems to be accelerating even quicker than expected. Chapman, who is trying to return from being hit in the face by a line drive last month, could likely throw live batting practice to hitters today at PNC Park. Originally, the club was targeting this milestone by the end of the road trip in Atlanta.

Injured Reds utility player Skip Schumaker, who hasn’t played since dislocating his left shoulder last month in Spring Training, has been taking batting practice with the club on the road trip and making progress. Schumaker could soon begin a rehab assignment in the Minor Leagues.

The Nelsonville-York baseball team battled back from an 8-2 deficit before losing 9-8 at Fairfield Christian Academy on Tuesday. The Trimble Tomcats improved to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the TVC-Hocking after winning 14-2 at South Gallia.

The Indiana Pacers evened their series with the Atlanta Hawks after winning game two 101-85 last night. Toronto knocked off Brooklyn 100-95 to even their best-of-seven series as well.

This first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins has made for compelling hockey. All three playoff games have been decided by a single goal, including The Jackets overtime win in Pittsburg last week. Monday night the Jackets had the Penguins frustrated for the better part of two periods before a packed house at Nationwide Arena. But all of the Jackets’ good work came unraveled in a dizzying span of 2:13 of the third period, when the Penguins scored three goals to take a 4-3 lead and, eventually, a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The two teams return to the rink tonight as Columbus looks to win its first ever home playoff game in franchise history and even the series at 2 games apiece. The game at Nationwide Arena can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame at 6:30 and the drop of the puck at 7:00.

On your radio dial tonight at 6:06, it’s the Sports Fan presented by J&K Contracting on 970WATH and 97.1FM.

This article was posted on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 9:19 PM.
Last edited/updated on April 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM.
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