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.

Reds bounce back against Cards

A Reds fan called a sports writer before Saturday’s game and wondered how he could get in touch with the Reds so he could offer his advice to the hitters.

Manager Dusty Baker wasn’t getting it done, he said. The hitting coach, Brook Jacoby, needed some help. Who could he talk to? What was the number?

Calm down, he was told. It’s a long season. One game won’t make or break the Reds, even if Friday’s 9-2 loss to the first-place Cardinals at Great American Ball Park dented even the most optimistic fan’s attitude.

Hours after that call, the Reds provided therapy for their troubled fan base, bouncing back with a 4-2 victory over St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd of 40,740 in the second game of the series.

Home runs by Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco, great catches by Brandon Phillips, Shin-Soo Choo and an amazing grab by Bruce to take a home run away and a solid start from Mat Latos made the difference. Yet the most exciting play of the night might have been Joey Votto’s behind-the-back toss to Mat Latos at first for an out.

“It’s huge. Every win’s a big win, but against a division rival, it’s a good win,” said Latos, who improved to 6-0 by allowing two runs in seven innings. “Hopefully, we carry it into (Sunday).”

The Reds (37-25) moved within three games of St. Louis (40-22), which still has the best record in baseball. The Pirates (37-25) beat the Cubs 6-2 Saturday and remain tied for second.

The night didn’t start well for the Reds. St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the second when John Jay’s broken-bat groundout scored Yadier Molina. The Reds tied it in the second on Bruce’s 10th home run of the season. He’s now tied with Choo for the team lead.

The Reds trailed 2-1 in the fifth when Mesoraco hit a solo home run to right.

“It was a fastball out over the plate,” he said. “I tried to go with it that way. I wasn’t sure if it was going to get out or not, and it had just enough.”

The Reds took their first lead in the series by scoring two runs in the sixth. Rookie Derrick Robinson, batting second for the first time in his career, led off the inning with his first career double and scored on Joey Votto’s double one batter later.

“It’s just a blessing,” said Robinson, who also doubled in the seventh. “They put me in the two hole, expecting me to get in base with some of the best hitters in baseball behind me.”

Later in the inning, Mesoraco delivered again with a bases-loaded RBI single. He had been hitting .212 with runners in scoring position.

“To come through in that situation was a good moment for me,” Mesoraco said.

Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless eighth, and Aroldis Chapman recorded his 16th save in the ninth.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Cincinnati Reds set Opening-Day roster — sort of
Cincinnati Reds set Opening-Day roster — sort of

The Cincinnati Reds roster is being finalized in pieces, mostly by subtraction, yet one key spot on the bench was filled by addition. The starting rotation has been set — sort of. Veteran Bronson Arroyo is penciled in for his first start on April 8 in St. Louis. However, the Reds want him to pitch pain free and successfully in Arizona on Sunday...
Top returning MBC baseball hitters
Top returning MBC baseball hitters

The top returning Metro Buckeye Conference high school baseball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Tony Marinelli, jr., Yellow Springs: 15 of 31 (.484). 2. Joseph Hardy, sr., Dayton Christian: 24 of 53 (.453); 19 runs, 20 RBI’s, 11 SB. 3. Ashton Burke, jr., Xenia Legacy Christian: 23 of 52 (.442); 18 runs, 9 RBI’s, 13 SB. 4...
Top returning CBC baseball hitters
Top returning CBC baseball hitters

The top returning Central Buckeye Conference high school baseball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Alex Jacobs, sr., Indian Lake: 43 of 88 (.489); 26 runs, 18 RBI’s. 2. Clay Wisner, sr., Bellefontaine: 32 of 74 (.432); 22 runs, 19 RBI’s, 4 SB. 3. Christian Highfield, jr., Northwestern: 34 of 82 (.415); 13 runs, 31 RBI&rsquo...
Former North coach takes the Wildcats softball challenge

First-year Springfield softball coach Brett Sadler is enthused about taking over a high school program for the first time in 12 years even though the Wildcats went 1-26 last season. “I really missed practicing with the team and the day-to-day interaction with the kids — the camaraderie and team building,” he said. Sadler was the Springfield...
7 players the Bengals could draft at No. 9
7 players the Bengals could draft at No. 9

Other than quarterback, all options will be open for the Cincinnati Bengals when they pick ninth in next month’s NFL Draft. There are some positions that warrant more attention than others, but the Bengals have always employed the “best player available” mindset and they aren’t expected to stray from that even as they head into...
More Stories