You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Marlins snap Reds’ four-game win streak

Aroldis Chapman may be Superman, but he isn’t perfect — almost invincible, yes, but not perfect.

Justin Ruggiano tagged Chapman with his first run of the season Friday, hitting a towering home run to center that seemed to go as far vertically as it did horizontally. After a tense couple of seconds, it landed in the first three rows of the stands just to the left of the Reds bullpen at Great American Ball Park.

That run, the first scored by either team since the third, gave the Marlins a 2-1 victory and snapped the Reds’ four-game winning streak.

“You’re so used to (Chapman) being perfect,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I think that happened a couple times last year, but not many. It’s going to happen.”

Ruggiano also hit a home run in the series opener Thursday, an 11-1 Reds win.

“The guy hit a 90-something mile-per-hour fastball,” Baker said. “You’ve just got to tip your hat to him. He did the same thing last night. We’ve just got to pitch him more carefully.”

The Reds (9-8) collected five hits and never had more than one hit in an inning, They wasted a strong outing by Mat Latos, who gave up one earned run and six hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts. He has pitched at least six innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer in all four of his starts this season.

“It’s frustrating because we got the loss,” Latos said. “I did the best I could in brutal conditions. The second through the fourth, it’s raining, it’s cold, it’s windy. Nobody wants to be out there in those conditions, but I put together a solid outing and gave my team a chance to win. It was just one of those days.”

The Reds scored their only run in the first. Shin-Soo Choo tripled to center, his first triple of the season and only the second by the team.

Choo scored two batters later when Joey Votto hit a sacrifice fly to left for his fourth RBI and his first in five games. That was the highlight of Votto’s night because he did not reach base for the first time this season and he struck out on four pitches to make the first out in the ninth after Zack Cozart led off with a single.

The Marlins tied the score in the third. Their top hitter, Placido Polanco (.309), laced a two-out single to right. Nick Green scored from third, and Donovan Solano tried to score from second, but Jay Bruce threw him out at home.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Top returning GCL Co-Ed North softball hitters
Top returning GCL Co-Ed North softball hitters

The top returning Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North Division high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Carly Fugett, so., CJ: 37 of 70 (.529); 27 runs, 25 RBI’s. 2. Caroline Nevius, sr., CJ: 30 of 72 (.417); 31 runs, 6 RBI’s. 3. Maria Mosconi, sr., Alter: 25 of 64 (.391); 22 runs, 17 RBI’s, 8 SB. 4. Khristina...
Devon Still announces milestone for Leah
Devon Still announces milestone for Leah

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is still a free agent looking for somewhere to play in 2017, but he’s been all smiles this week after announcing daughter Leah Still just celebrated her two-year anniversary of being cancer free. Still announced the milestone on Instagram on Saturday, writing “I want to wish a Happy...
WSU golf program ‘floored’ by interim president’s comments about cuts
WSU golf program ‘floored’ by interim president’s comments about cuts

Wright State golfers and their coaches were “completely floored and taken back” by interim president Curtis McCray saying the school is looking at eliminating the program, according to Chris Schoonmaker, whose son Austin is a freshman on the team. “This guy has clearly been brought in to be the henchman so the new president can start...
Top returning CBC softball hitters
Top returning CBC softball hitters

The top returning Central Buckeye Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Sammi Miller, sr., Indian Lake: 60 of 95 (.632); 46 runs, 27 RBI’s, 27 SB. 2. Ashley Fite, so., Tecumseh: 56 of 91 (.615); 26 runs, 54 RBI’s, 3 SB. 3. Tahlsa Bowshier, sr., Ben Logan: 26 of 57 (.456); 13 runs, 18 RBI’s...
Rookie Reds lead the pitching staff
Rookie Reds lead the pitching staff

Rookie Davis was determined to prove doubters wrong. Robert Stephenson had his own critics to win over. Both did just that to open the season on the Reds’ Opening Day roster Davis, who will start the third game of the regular season April 6 vs. the Phillies at Great American Ball Park, pitched with a strained groin last season. His velocity was...
More Stories