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Morning Sports Report – 6/9/2014

Homer Bailey pitched eight effective innings and drove in the go-ahead runs as the Cincinnati Reds came from behind for a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. Billy Hamilton added a two-run homer for the Reds, who won their second straight against the reeling Phillies after a three-game losing streak. Bailey (7-3) allowed just six hits, one run with three walks and seven strikeouts. He threw a season-high 121 pitches, four short of tying his career high. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.

The reds will be back in action tonight as they welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Great American Ballpark for a 4-game series. Tonight’s opener can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game set for 6:40 and the first pitch at 7:10.

Joey Votto began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville yesterday. Votto has been sidelined since May 16 with the strained quadriceps, but has made nice progress in recent days. He’s expected to need just a brief minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Reds at some point this week.

The Southern Ohio Copperheads return to the baseball diamond tonight and will welcome the Cincinnati Steam to Bob Wren Stadium. The Snakes lost their opener 4-1 to Hamilton, and then fell again to the Joes the following night. The Steam meanwhile are undefeated after winning their first three games of the year. Tonight’s game at Bob Wren can be heard live on Power 105 with pre game set for 7:15 and the first pitch at 7:30.

California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years. Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes, and California Chrome finished far back in a tie for fourth Saturday. The result means the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion in history is extended. California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza lost the 1 1/2-mile race on a hot day at Belmont Park, where tens of thousands of fans were packed in hoping to see history. It was not to be, leaving Affirmed as the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Brad Keselowski down the stretch to win a thriller Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Earnhardt led only 11 laps but his No. 88 Chevrolet was the car to beat late in the race, and he zipped past the dominant Keselowski with five laps remaining. Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 and now has multiple wins in a season for the first time since 2004. Keselowski finished 2nd followed by Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and rookie Kyle Larson.

This article was posted on Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 6:01 PM.
Last edited/updated on June 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM.
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