Jim’s Journal, June 7th, 2024

The Reds now own their first 5-game win streak of the major league baseball season, cutting the Cubs down back home at the Ballpark last night, 8-4.  Cincy’s also won 10 of its last 13 games, getting hot over the last couple weeks, and taking 2 series on the road.  Shortstop Elly De La Cruz played terrific defense Thursday, but also hit a 3-run homer on the anniversary of his debut in the major leagues, to help Cincinnati knock Chicago off.  TJ Friedl, Jonathan India, and Will Benson also drove runs in, in the game.  Pitcher Hunter Greene struck out 8 Cubs, while allowing 4 runs and 5 hits, in his 6 2/3 innings on the mound.

Left-handed pitchers open tonight’s game, 5 & 2 Nick Lodolo on the mound for the Reds, winless with 2 losses Justin Steele for the Cubs.  Join us for the broadcast beginning at 6:40 this evening, on the Sports Voice, 103.9 WRBI.


The summer club swim season has begun for a lot of high school student athletes, and the first meet took the Milan Aquatics club to visit the Decatur County TigerSharks in Greensburg Wednesday.  Decatur County won the meet, but Milan tells us they had at least 15 athletes winning individual events, and as many as 27 swimmers winning as part of relay teams.  Milan’s next meet comes up Monday, hosting a dual against Southwestern High of Hanover.  Other clubs taking part in the summer swim season will be Batesville, South Dearborn, and Greensburg.


The next race in the IndyCar Series, following last weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix, will be another Grand Prix, Sunday at the 4-mile, 14-turn Road America course at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The defending champ there is Alex Palou, who also won at RoadAmerica in 2021.  Scott Dixon and 2-time Indy 500 champ Josef Newgarden have also each won twice there.  Also entered are past Elkhart Lake winners Will Power, Alexander Rossi, and Felix Rosenqvist.


Post-season honors continue rolling in for southeast Indiana high school athletes.  Greensburg softball senior Carlee Adams has now earned Academic All-State honors from the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana.  And we told you Wednesday about Carlee’s freshman pitching teammate Harper Adams being named EIAC MVP of the softball season.  Harper’s also now been named to the Class 3A & 4A All-State 3rd team.