Jim’s Journal, June 22nd, 2024

What a Friday night, continuing an incredible baseball season for the Reds’ Jeimer Candelario!  The young man’s having a scorching month of June for Cincinnati, and that fire didn’t show any sign of going out in the opener against the Boston Red Sox.  Jeimer hit a pair of solo home runs in the game, as manager David Bell made him the team’s designated hitter, playing against the American Leaguers from Boston.  That was definitely the way to designate, all right, as in the bottom of the 1st inning, Candelario belted a 2-out homer to right field, to give Cincy an early 1-nothing lead.  Then, opening the bottom of the 3rd, he took another Kutter Crawford pitch, a high fastball, also to right, making it 2 multi-homer games for Jeimer this month, giving the Reds a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, the final 5 to 2 Cincinnati.  The series continues this afternoon, the broadcast arriving on your radio at 3:40, here on the Sports Voice, 103.9 WRBI.


The bigger ball’s bouncing right in women’s pro basketball for the Indiana Fever.  Last night they went to Atlanta and topped the Dream, the final score Indiana 91, Atlanta 75.  That’s a 4th straight Fever win, a game in which Indiana was led by NaLyssa Smith with 21 points and 9 rebounds.  Kelsey Mitchell added 18 points, and Caitlin Clark scored 16, while dishing off 7 assists.  The Fever shot a hot 57% from the floor.  Next, they visit the Chicago Sky Sunday afternoon.


It was a very nice moment at the Olympic swim trials Thursday night.  After double gold medalist Lilly King finished 2nd in the 200-meter breaststroke final, her boyfriend James Wells greeted her on the pool deck.  Nothing unusual about that, but then James kneeling in front of her was.  Wells told Lilly he hadn’t minded moving a long distance to be with her, and he proposed.  King first responded with “Oh my God,” then she yelled “yes, yes!!”  Congrats to the happy couple, as Lilly gets ready to take part in her 3rd Olympics.  She won gold in Rio, and a pair of bronze medals in Tokyo.


Monday night on WRBI, join our friends Terrance Arney and Leon Smith for their new show Overtime.  It’s some new sports talk, Overtime, Monday night at 6:00, on the Sports Voice, 103.9 WRBI.