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Notes: Reds, Eric Davis, Bengals, Cyclones, UC FB, Will Grimmer


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Ethics in Sports
If you were a high school coach that discovered a scoring error that cost your team a state championship, would you tell anyone? This coach did. And it did.


Go time?
Last night on Sports Talk, the Reds recent run of success was met with a collective yawn by callers, listeners and Twitter. Despite a season tying three game win streak, and 4 wins in last 5 games, fans seem unmoved. So, what do you need/want to see from this team?

10 game homestand starts tonight
3 vs Giants
3 vs Phillies
4 vs Dodgers

Best record in MLB: 37-20

Reds vs winning losing teams in 2014:
9-13 vs .500+ teams
17-16 vs -.500 teams
Others vs teams .500+ this year:
Cards 9-10
Brewers 11-11
Pirates 16-20
Braves 15-16
Giants 21-11
Dodgers 8-13

No runs in the Cards
The Cardinals were shut out for the 2nd consecutive game last night.
Kansas City beat St Louis 6-0. The Cards have had 4 hits and 3 hits in consecutive games. They have not scored in 20 consecutive innings. They have 2 runs and 11 hits in last three games. The Cards have just 30 HR, 2nd fewest in MLB.

The last time.......


CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 2: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 3-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Eric The Reds

1987: Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds holds his bat during a MLB game in the 1987 season. ( Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Steven Sharp (@TheStevenSharp) points out on Twitter that on this date 1987, Eric David was named NL Player of the  Month for May. Davis, 25-year old at the time, also won Player of the Month in April of that same year. He was simply spectacular that season. His combo of speed, power and glove is hard to explain and appreciate if you didn't get a chance to watch him. Davis set an NL record by hitting three grand slams in May Take a look at his first two months and the season. 
April: .354-.437-.727-.1.164, 7 HR, 16 RBI
May: .329-.404-.841-1.246, 12 HR, 36 RBI
Combined April-May
52 games: .314-.405-.696-1.102, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 26 SB, 51 R
.293-.399-.593-.991, 37 HR, 100 RBI, 50 SB, 120 runs
The 1987 season was the best of his career. He was an NL All-Star, won a Gold Glove, won the Silver Slugger and finished 9th in MVP voting.
Career stats for Davis HERE 
is a New York Times story on Davis in May of 1987. 
Pete Rose: "Mike Schmidt's the best ballplayer I've ever seen,'' the Reds' manager said at Shea Stadium. ''Johnny Bench is the best catcher, Joe Morgan the most intelligent player, Dave Parker plays the hardest and Tony Perez was the greatest R.B.I. player. But Eric Davis has more raw talent than any of those guys." 

I still have this SI cover
Story HERE

Down on the Farm
Jurjjens wins in Louisville debut:
 5 IN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K.
Former Reds 1st round pick, Jesse Winker, homered twice and raised his batting average to .320 last night at Bakersfield. More notes on Winker HERE


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See you Saturday for a run for history!


I will be at Miami Valley Gaming on Saturday for the Belmont and California Chrome's run for the Triple Crown. I will be hanging out 5-7pm. Stop by and say hi!


See you Sunday
The St. Bernard of Taylor Creek Festival will be part of the 2014 Champion Festival Patrol! On Sunday, June 8th, from 4PM - 6PM, I will be there, along with Champion Windows, and will have games to play to win t-shirts, koozies and more.



Miklasz: Cards must play better ball, home and road

MLB draft: Why not allow teams to trade any draft picks?

The Oakland Way: How the A's continue to thrive a decade after "Moneyball"

Watch Japanese right-hander Kazuhito Tadano throw his eephus pitch Monday night. It's the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters vs the Hanshin Tigers. 


      The Bengals today signed free agent OT Chandler Burden, a Greater Cincinnati native (Blue Ash, Ohio) who attended La Salle High School and the University of Kentucky. Burden (6-4, 310) is a first-year NFL player. He entered the NFL in May of 2012 as a college free agent with Tennessee and spent the ’12 season on the Miami practice squad. He was waived by the Dolphins in the 2013 preseason and spent most of the season’s second half on the Kansas City practice squad. He was waived by the Chiefs this past May 28.

Hobson on Andre Smith: The Heat is on

Can't do without
The 9 most indispensable defensive players in the NFL.
Which Bengal made the list?

USA Today projects all records:  Bengals 9-7: The roster returns mostly intact, but breaking in two new coordinators might be killer setback.

(Getty Images)


Harry Caray drank how much in 1972?

My girl, Carmel High School grad, Sage Steele

College football
UC's Gunner Kiel makes list of top transfer QB's

College hoops
Top 50 college coaches
26. Archie Miller, Dayton
27. Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
30. Bob Huggins, West Virginia
43. Chris Mack, Xavier

Cyclones aced out in Game 3 

(Courtesy Cincinnati Cyclones)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A controversial play late in regulation set up the game-winning goal by Jordan Morrison as the Alaska Aces (14-4) stole away a 2-0 win from the Cyclones (13-8) in front of 5,773 at Sullivan Arena on Monday night. The Alaska victory gave them a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven Kelly Cup Finals. 
Despite five power plays combined between the two teams, the opening stanza came and went without a goal. The defensive trend would continue in the middle frame despite several high quality scoring chances for both sides. Cincinnati's Rob Madore (L, 32 saves, 13-8) and Alaska's Gerald Coleman (W, 30 saves, 8-3) were equal to all the shots faced and the combatants remained scoreless after 40 minutes.  
The teams continued to play a stalemate until the very late portion of the final period; Jonathan Hazen, who would have gone in on a breakaway, was hauled down from behind but didn't draw the penalty. Instead the puck was turned over, carried up ice, and deposited on a rebound by Jordan Morrison at15:52. Alaska would prevent any chance of a Cincinnati comeback as Tyler Mosienko blasted in his first goal of the playoffs at 18:14 to seal a 2-0 win for Alaska. 
The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Friday, June 6 to host the Alaska Aces in Game 4 of the 2014 Kelly Cup Finals. Great seats for the action are on sale NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your space! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the postseason on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).  

17-year old Will Grimmer of Mariemont High School, qualified for the U.S. Open yesterday. Grimmer will be a senior at Mariemont in the fall, and has committed to play at Ohio State. He shot 5-under over 36 holes during Monday's Sectional Qualifier at Springfield Country Club. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Grimmer shot 59 at Pinehurst No. 1 during last year’s North and South Junior Amateur. More on Will's day HERE


Huggs hooks one


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