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Morning Sports Report – 4/28/2014

It was not a good weekend for the Cincinnati Reds after they lost three straight to the Atlanta Braves and fell three games under .500 this season. Atlanta won 5-4 Friday and 4-1 on Saturday before earning the sweep with a 1-0 victory in 10 innings yesterday afternoon. Freddie Freeman’s single to the center-field wall scored Jason Heyward from second base with two outs in the 10th, lifting the Braves to the hard fought win. Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto and Atlanta’s Julio Teheran each allowed only three hits in eight scoreless innings before giving way to relievers. Cueto, coming off back-to-back, complete-game wins over Pittsburgh, struck out 11 and has allowed only one run in his last three starts. The Reds completed their 10-game road trip with a 5-5 record and will return to Great American Ball Park tonight to start a 3-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman had a successful second live batting practice of pitching to Reds hitters on Saturday, namely because he did it without using a screen. But Chapman would like one more session of live BP before going out on a rehab assignment to improve his physical stamina. Chapman is tentatively scheduled for another live BP on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds on Saturday placed catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled catcher Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville. Mesoraco was injured during Friday’s 5-4 loss while scoring on a Billy Hamilton double. Mesoraco began the season on the DL because of a strained left oblique but promptly became the Reds’ hottest hitter upon his return on April 7. He went on a career-high 11-game hitting streak that was snapped on Thursday and was hitting .468 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

Pittsburg scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Penguins topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh, which has the upstart Blue Jackets on the verge of elimination with an opportunity to close out the series tonight in Game 6. It hasn’t been easy for Pittsburg, a team considered by many a Stanley Cup contender. Columbus, which began the series searching for its first ever playoffs win, twice rallied to stun the heavily favored Penguins. Boone Jenner scored the lone goal for Columbus, which played its first Game 5 in franchise history. The Blue Jackets will be looking to stay alive tonight playing in front of their home crowd at Nationwide Arena. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set for 6:30 and the drop of the puck at 7:00.

The Athens baseball team split a double-header at Circleville over the weekend, winning the first game 2-0 before dropping the second game 10-5. Freshman Brendan Sano pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out eight to lead the Bulldogs in their game 1 victory. Leadoff batter Heath Wiseman was a combined 6-for-8 at the plate in both games. Athens returns to the diamond tonight and will host Meigs at Rannow Field on The Plains.

Joey Logano took advantage of a three-car duel by sneaking below the trio to take the lead Saturday night, outrunning former champions Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keslowski to win at Richmond International Raceway. It was Logano’s first career Sprint Cup victory at the 0.75-mile oval track. Gordon finished 2nd followed by Kyle Busch, Keselowski and then Kenseth.

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

This article was posted on Sunday, 27 April 2014 at 4:49 PM.
Last edited/updated on April 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM.
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