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Morning Sports Report – 7/30/2014

Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs — by far the fewest in the majors over that span. Leake (8-9) had a single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado that drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill, who has yet to win as a starter this season. Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. He extended his streak of at least one strikeout in 45 consecutive appearances, a major league record for a reliever.

Cincinnati will try and win its first series since the all-star break today when it concludes its 3-game set with the Diamondbacks. Today’s game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame at 12:05 and the first pitch at 12:35.

The Reds announced Tuesday afternoon that right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on the bereavement list. Bruce is allowed to be away from the club for a minimum of three days to a maximum of seven days. Curtis Partch was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Bruce’s spot on the 25-man roster

Aroldis Chapman threatened his own record for fastest Major League pitch ever recorded — 105.1 mph against the Padres in 2010 — in Monday night’s 2-1, 15-inning loss to the D-Backs. The flame-throwing closer came on to pitch the ninth inning with the game tied at 1 and went through the heart of Arizona’s lineup, striking out the side. That he struck out all three batters he faced was nothing out of the ordinary for Chapman — he’s fanned the side nine times in 2014 — but it was the manner in which he did so that was extraordinary. None of Chapman’s fastballs were clocked at less than 101 mph and the average speed of those pitches was 102. Chapman hit 104 mph on a pitch to Paul Goldschmidt and hit 103 mph five times in the inning. In fanning Goldschmidt Chapman extended his Major League record for most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout to 44, dating back to Aug. 21, 2013.

The Southern Ohio Copperheads finished the regular season out on a strong note. Now they hope they can do the same in the playoffs. The Copperheads finished the regular season 23-16 after winning 13 of the final 15 regular season games, and 12 of their final 13 home games. The Snakes earned the No. 2 seed in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League tournament and will open the semifinals on the road Wednesday. They will will return home for Game 2 on Thursday at Bob Wren Stadium, and host a Game 3 Friday, if necessary.

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, 29 July 2014 at 8:57 PM.
Last edited/updated on July 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM.
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