CINCINNATI -- Robert Stephenson said he feels less pressure in the major leagues than he did in the minors. Dickie Moore Jersey
.Sure looks that way.Stephenson struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings, but he also yielded two homers and the Cincinnati Reds lost 5-0 to Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets on Monday.Stephenson, one of Cincinnatis top prospects, allowed two runs and six hits, falling short in his bid to become the first Reds pitcher since Wayne Simpson in 1970 to win each of his first three major league starts.Its just confidence, Stephenson said of his early success in the majors. Theres less pressure. Im not trying to get back to this level. Im already here. Now Im just trying to have fun.The 23-year-old Stephenson (2-1), a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, went 8-9 with a 4.41 ERA with Triple-A Louisville this season. But he beat Philadelphia and Colorado in a pair of spot starts in April and picked up Monday right where he left off, delighting manager Bryan Price.He commanded the bottom of the zone with his fastball and changeup and threw a handful of breaking balls when he was behind in the count, which you have to do, Price said. He did a nice job.Colon pitched six innings of five-hit ball as the Mets won for the sixth time in eight games. Matt Reynolds and Kelly Johnson homered in New Yorks 12th straight victory against Cincinnati.Colon (13-7) improved to 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last seven starts. The Reds put a runner on third with nobody out on two occasions, and Colon wiggled out of the jam each time.New York had a short turnaround after a 5-1 victory over Washington on Sunday night, but the 43-year-old Colon traveled to Cincinnati ahead of the team and it looks as if the rest paid off. He struck out two and walked one.Jay Bruce went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game in Cincinnati since the Reds traded him to the Mets on Aug. 1.It was a bit odd, coming over to the visiting side for the first time, Bruce said. Definitely odd being on the other side, but once the first pitch is thrown, its just baseball.Reynolds, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas before the game, hit his third homer of the season with one out in the third inning. He also had an RBI single in New Yorks three-run seventh and finished with three hits.Johnson led off the fifth with his 10th homer.The Mets have hit 18 home runs in their last 11 games at Great American Ball Park and 185 overall this season for their best total since the 2006 team set the franchise record with 200.GRACIOUS HOSTSThe Reds honored Bruce and his wife, Hannah, in a pregame ceremony for his contributions to the team on the field and the couples work in the community during his nearly nine seasons with Cincinnati.AMBITIOUSNew Yorks Wilmer Flores was thrown out by left fielder Adam Duvall trying to stretch hits in each of his first two at bats, at second in the first inning and at third in the fourth. Duvall is the first Cincinnati outfielder with two assists in one game since Bruce on Aug. 5, 2014, at Cleveland, according to the Reds.DOUBLE TROUBLEAfter tying their season high by hitting into four double plays in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday, the Reds hit into double plays in each of the first two innings on Monday against the Mets.TRAINERS ROOMReds: 2B Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup after being scratched each of the previous two days with a sore left foot.UP NEXTMets RHP Rafael Montero (0-0) and Reds LHP Brandon Finnegan (8-10) are scheduled to start on Tuesday. Finnegan has limited opposing batters to a .132 average (9 for 68) over his last three starts. Guy Lafleur Jersey
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. And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates. From Pierre LeBrun While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact hes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie. With their season on the line, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound on three days rest for Game 4 against the Nationals. Washington will counter with right-hander Joe Ross. Is the series headed back to Washington for Game 5 or will the Nationals be on their way to the NLCS?Go inside the numbers and matchups that will decide Tuesdays game, then vote for which team will win?at the bottom of the page.Inside the pitching matchupWhen Joe Ross is on the mound: Ross is a two-seam fastball/slider guy whose fastball runs up to 93-94 mph. He doesnt throw his changeup much and his slider has good 12-to-6 break and held righties to a .174 average. The problem is lefties destroyed his fastball at a .441/.505/.591 clip. He wasnt homer-prone, but he generates so few swings and misses against lefty hitters that it results in a high average allowed. You may have heard that the Dodgers lineup leans left-handed.The other concern is that Ross has pitched just 9? innings since returning from a sore shoulder that sidelined him for most of July and all of August. He allowed one run in four innings in his final outing but threw 90 pitches. If he starts, expect a quick hook. -- David SchoenfieldWhen?Clayton Kershaw is on the mound: Great fastball, great curveball, great slider, great command, great deception ... you know all this. Kershaw has cut his fastball rate from 70 percent in his early years to 60 percent by 2013 and is now down to just over 50 percent. He now throws his slider twice as often as his curve. Batters dont really do much with any of the three pitches.His start in Game 1 was a struggle, with 101 pitches in just five innings. The Nationals were patient -- some believe the best approach against Kershaw is to attack fastballs early in the count -- and Kershaws command was just a little off. The key was not chasing anything off the plate, and the Nationals had a chase rate of just 22 percent compared to 33 percent against Kershaw over the season. Thats 11 pitches they didnt swing at that Kershaw usually gets swings on.Jayson Stark made a great point about Kershaw in his piece on Monday: Hes so good in the regular season that when he allowws even three runs, its a bad game. Max Pacioretty Jersey
. . That creates enormous pressure to pitch great every time out. Does the mental weight of that catch up to him by October? Are our expectations just too high? He pitched on three days rest last year and was great, holding the Mets to one run in seven innings in extending that series. -- SchoenfieldPlayer in the spotlightJayson Werth. He had some terrific at-bats in Game 3, including a big home run in the ninth off Kenley Jansen. He has a .500 OBP in these three games and crushed lefties during the regular season at a .322/.411/.620 clip. Hell be a tough out. -- SchoenfieldWhat will decide Mondays gameCorey Seager has three hits in this series, all for extra bases, and all three of them have come on pitches on the outer half. He has seen 18 pitches out there, swinging at nine of them and not missing any of them. But he has seen 29 pitches on the inner half, and he has missed seven of his 17 swings against them (41 percent). Hes 0-for-7 with all three of his strikeouts in at-bats ending on pitches on the inner half.?-- ESPN Stats & InfoChoosing sides: Who will win???The Nats clearly have Uncle Mo on their side right now. But good ole Mo is only as good as the next days starting pitcher. In this case, that would be Joe Ross. Nothing against Ross, but hes no Clayton Kershaw. L.A. leverages the audio earthquake that is Dodger Stadium and evens up the series. -- Eddie MatzWith so many injuries and roster uncertainty, this whole season has been a back-to-the-wall proposition for the Dodgers, so theyve been through this already and are probably confident they can force a deciding Game 5. Expect all of that left-handed Dodgers hitting talent to be unleashed against right-hander Joe Ross in front of a home audience. -- Doug PadillaWhere the series standsWell, the Dodgers have to win! All hands on deck. If its a low-scoring game, Dusty Bakers ability to mix and match his bullpen will be a key. So far, so good, as the Nationals pen has tossed 12? scoreless innings.?-- Schoenfield Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys
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