Jim’s Journal, June 15th, 2024

That was some wild, exciting baseball for the Reds in Milwaukee Friday night!  The game was tied 1-1 in the 4th inning after TJ Friedl had hit a home run in the 3rd, when Jonathan India hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Jake Fraley, giving Cincy a 2-1 lead.  In the 5th, Friedl got on base again on an infield hit, and scored when Elly de la Cruz tripled to right center.  Jeimer Candelario then continued his hot streak after Wednesday night, putting another 2-run home run out of the park beyond right field, his 3rd over those last 2 games.  And Friedl batted another score in, plating India in the 6th.  Finally, the Reds made it harder on themselves than it had to be, with 4 errors by de la Cruz on 2 plays, but they still managed to grab the win.  The bases were loaded with no outs in the bottom of the 9th when a pair or Milwaukee runners came across the plate, appearing to tie the game at 6 each, but video replay forced the umpires to give the Brewers an out and reverse one of those scores, putting the total back to Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 5, and that held up to become the final.  After winning the series opener, The Reds face the Brew Crew again in the 2nd game of the series this afternoon.  Join us for it, the broadcast beginning at 3:40, right here on your Home of the Reds, the Sports Voice, 103.9 WRBI.


We got the results in from that Milan Aquatics swim meet of Wednesday night, at the YMCA pool in Vevay.  Milan faced Switzerland County, and even with a smaller squad than usual, Milan cruised to the victory, final score 460 to 290, the Indians taking 7 of the event’s 11 relays.  Winning 4 individual races each were Ava Mutz, Brody and Taylor Stock, and Caiden Felver.  Alexis Schiller won 3, and these young people—  Archer Austin, Averi Jones, Cooper Mutz, Levi DeWire, Molly Knecht, and Alice Austin–  each won 2 events.  The coaches say multiple Milan swimmers also set new personal records in that meet–  a huge night Wednesday.  Next for Milan a dual swim against Hidden Valley Lake at home Monday, then a visit to South Dearborn Wednesday.


And of course, best of luck this weekend to Batesville High School high jumper Ayden Eckstein.  He’s in Philadelphia, for the Outdoor Nationals track meet he qualified for last weekend, reportedly jumping higher than the 6 feet 6 inches he’d recorded at the state meet in Bloomington a couple weeks ago.  Ayden’s looking to fly even higher again.