More Price: “We can’t talk about injuries any more. We’re almost completely healthy. I do know these guys can hit". #Reds— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) May 26, 2014
Final: Cards 4 Reds
*Attendance: 42,273.....series: 121,129
*Another series lost to Cards: 1-10 in last 11 series
*Reds 3-6 vs Cards this year
*Reds 22-26 overall, 6.5 back of Milwaukee, just .5 ahead Pittsburgh
*Reds offense: 5th shutout of year, 13 K, 8 different players with at least 1 K, 7 LOB
*Reds 1-10 in games this year scoring 1 run or less
*Top 4 in order: 0-15, Hamilton, Frazier, Phillips, Bruce
*Hamilton: 0-3, 3 K
*Bruce: 3 K, 1 for 12, 7 K in series
*2 hits Cozart and Ludwick
*26 SS have at least 68 AB in May, only 7 have a higher BA than Cozart's .294 in the month.
*Adam Wainwright: 8 IN, 5 H, 12 K
*Tough Luck Leake: 6 IN, 7 H, 8 K (ties career high), 2 BB, 2 R
*Leake: 5 straight quality starts and 7 QS in 10.
*Parra: .1, 2 H, 1 ER
*Errors: Mesoraco, Cozart
#Reds mgr. Bryan Price: “I’m tired of talking about the other team’s pitcher. I have no idea what the lineup is going to look like tomorrow"— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) May 26, 2014
Down on the Farm
Line on Mat Latos at Louisville: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 49 pitches (32 strikes)
Congrats Xavier baseball
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Freshman hurler Trent Astle pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout and senior outfielder Mitch Elliott was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player as Xavier captured the BIG EAST baseball Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The win not only gives Xavier the league championship in its first season as members of the BIG East, but it also sends the Musketeers to the 2014 College World Series. XU will learn its destination on Monday, May 26, when the field is announced on ESPNU at noon.
Elliott put together a tremendous tournament to earn a spot on the All-Championship Team and the Most Outstanding Player award. He went 8-for-18 (.444) at the dish, with two extra-base hits, four RBIs and three runs scored.
With the win over Creighton, Xavier officially eliminated all three other teams from the tournament, marking the first time that has happened in the BIG EAST since Villanova accomplished the feat in 1991.
The Musketeers have only reached the College World Series one other time in program history. The 2009 team won the Atlantic 10 Championship and earned a berth into the tournament, where it went 1-2.
Cyclones take 3-2 series lead
GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Trevor Lewis and Zach Budish each scored goals 2:10 apart to lift the Cyclones (11-6) to a 2-1 victory in Game 5 over the Greenville Road Warriors (10-7) in front of 2,168 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday afternoon. The win gave Cincinnati a 3-2 series edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.
Like the previous two games, the third period proved to be drama filled. After killing off an early penalty, the Cyclones were offered a power play of their own nine minutes into the final frame. Trevor Lewis, who was playing in his first game since the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, curled off the right boards and sniped home the game-tying strike at 9:42. Just 2:10 later, Zach Budish worked a puck free in the corner and flung one toward the net from below the goal line; after hitting a skate in front, the puck redirected through the legs of Jeff Malcolm (L, 31 saves, 3-3) to give Cincinnati their first lead of the game at 2-1. Like last night, the final minutes saw the Road Warriors amp up the shots on net numbers, including a few with an extra skater with less than 60 seconds to play. However, the Cyclones salted away the final seconds and clung to the one-goal victory.
The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday, May 27 to host the Road Warriors in Game 6 of the series at 7:30pm. The contest will feature $2 24-ounce Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian beers for fans 21 and up! Single game and playoff ticket packages are on sale NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the postseason on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).