After Blowing Big Lead, Cubs Top Reds On Walk-Off Wild Pitch

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in the first inning and Javier Baez scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the Chicago Cubs overcame a late Cincinnati Reds rally to win 7-6 on Wednesday night.

Baez opened the bottom of the ninth with a double off Wandy Peralta (3-3) and pinch-hitter Jon Jay walked. Then, Ben Zobrist moved the runners with a groundout.

Reliever Blake Wood came in and struck out Albert Almora Jr. With two outs and Kris Bryant batting, Wood threw a breaking pitch that got away from catcher Tucker Barnhart for the game winner.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto had his streak of reaching base at least twice in a game come to an end. Votto did reach once but he fell one game shy of tying Ted Williams’ record of 21 straight games.

Wade Davis (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth, redeeming a bullpen that nearly spoiled John Lackey’s strong outing by giving up three home runs and surrendering a five-run lead.

The third career grand slam of Rizzo’s career came after both teams loaded the bases with their first three batters of the game.

The Reds managed just one run in the top of the first, while Rizzo regained the lead for Lackey with an opposite field blast, his 28th of the season.

Cincinnati put on seven baserunners in the first two innings against Lackey, but got just the one run in his six innings.

Lackey allowed one baserunner over his final four innings, retiring the final 10 without allowing a ball out of the infield. He had six strikeouts and walked three. Lackey is 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA since the All-Star break after going 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA in the season’s first half. He was trying for a career-best sixth win but settled for the no-decision.

Lackey also caught Reds starter Homer Bailey not paying attention to him on the bases for his first career steal in the fourth inning. He was later picked off second base after straying following a walk by Zobrist.

Bailey allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, waking five and striking out 10 against the first-place Cubs, who blew a 6-1 lead.

Phillip Ervin became the first Reds player since Juan Francisco in 2009 to homer on his first career hit when his solo shot off reliever Hector Rondon made it 6-2 in the seventh inning.

Two batters later, Zack Cozart’s home run off Rondon made it 6-4, forcing Cubs manager Joe Maddon to insert Brian Duensing in the game. He got Votto to ground out, ending the rally and Votto’s chance at history.

Votto singled in the first but took Lackey to the warning track in the third inning before the pitcher snared a line drive up the middle in the fifth inning to retire the first baseman.

Adam Duvall, a pinch-hitter, took the second pitch from reliever Carl Edwards Jr. into the bleachers to make it 6-6 in the eighth inning.

For the Cubs, who beat the Reds for the 26th time in 34 games, Alex Avila had an RBI single in the third inning, and Tommy La Stella added a pinch-hit RBI double in the sixth.

The Reds got the first three hitters of the game on base but only managed one run as left fielder Kyle Schwarber stopped the rally by throwing Cozart out at home plate after a fly ball by Scooter Gennett.

MADDON TOSSED

Maddon was thrown out of the game by umpire Ryan Blakney after arguing a call in the ninth inning.

Zobrist squared to bunt on an 0-1 pitch but was hit in the leg by the ball. Since he didn’t pull the bunt attempt back, Blakney ruled the pitch a strike, infuriating Maddon.

STREAKY SCHWARBS

Schwarber reached base in his first three plate appearances, bringing his streak to eight before striking out in the seventh inning.

He had struck out in his eight previous at-bats before the streak.

MY HERO

Bryant, the reigning National League MVP, spoke glowingly about Votto before the game.

“He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him, I love talking to him.”

EYE FOR TALENT

Longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett died on Wednesday, the team announced. He was 89.

Bennett’s signings included Don Gullett, Chris Sabo, Barry Larkin and Paul O’Neill. He joined the Reds in 1952, signing as a player, and retired from the front office in 2011.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Robert Stephenson (bruised right shoulder) was scheduled to return to the rotation against the Braves on Saturday in Atlanta. He returned from the disabled list on Sunday in Milwaukee and pitched two scoreless innings against the Brewers out of the bullpen. . OF Scott Schebler (strained left rotator cuff) went 0-for-2 with a walk as a DH in his first game on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday and then had two hits on Wednesday. Reds manager Bryan Price said Schebler reported “no issues whatsoever” after Tuesday’s game.

Cubs: RHP Koji Uehara (neck strain) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since Aug. 9.

UP NEXT

The teams will close the four-game series Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field with LHP Jon Lester (8-7, 3.99 ERA) pitching for the home team against RHP Scott Feldman (7-7, 4.43).

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Drivers ignoring ‘no left turn’ signs get stuck in ART construction


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Up and down the nine mile stretch of Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction on Central, there are dozens of no left turn signs, but it seems drivers don’t care and they’re ending up in a big bind.

Driving west on Central near 53rd Street, traffic is down to one lane in both directions as constructions crews take up the middle lane.

The city says this area is one of its heavier construction zones, so there are no left turn signs everywhere. Still, the signs didn’t stop nearly a dozen drivers in less than an hour from cutting across, but not all vehicles made it to the other side.

The driver of a truck ended up with only three tires still on the street and a Nissan Altima got stuck no less than an hour later.

“Oh wow,” one driver said.

From the road, drivers tell KRQE News 13 it’s difficult to tell there’s that big of a drop down, but ART spokesperson Joanie Griffin said drivers shouldn’t be turning left in the first place.

She said the signs are not only there to keep the area clear for crews, but they’re there for safety reasons.

Wednesday afternoon, ART crews were out working and trying to level out the grade, but they kept getting interrupted by drivers. At one point, a driver whizzed by a grader as he was driving backward.

“That’s definitely driver error, if there’s a sign and obvious road construction going on,” another driver said.


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CNM to remove all ’emergency blue phones’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – In the late ’90s, Central New Mexico Community College installed 86 emergency phones in tall blue poles on all six of their campuses. Now though, CNM says these phones are outdated and plans to remove all of them.

“I think they’re important and I don’t think it’s a good idea to take them down,” CNM student, Chanel Lucero said.

Lucero isn’t alone. All of the students KRQE News 13 spoke with say even though they haven’t used an emergency phone, they like having them on campus.

“I enrolled a little bit late and the classes that were available are all night classes. I was wondering if we would still have them because classes are late, and like she said, it’s not really safe to be on campus,” CNM student, Maraah Yapah said.

“I think it’s weird that they’re taking them out because I’ve never been in that situation, but like, it comforts me to know that they’re there. You know what I mean? In case something did happen to me,” CNM student, Joshlyn Fuentes said.

CNM says no one has used an emergency phone in an emergency situation since 2007.

“It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” CNM student, Dave Platt said.

In an email, a spokesperson for CNM told KRQE News 13, “With the proliferation of cell phones as a common personal item, there is little use for the blue phones nowadays.”

The email went on to say CNM is working on “ramping up and modernizing” their security efforts. They cite increasing foot and bike patrols, installing more security cameras and the hiring of “parking ambassadors” who will monitor often and help students in need.

“I think it’s a really good idea that they keep those even though they’re not being used. That’s okay. No use is good use,” Platt said.

CNM says on top of being obsolete, the blue phones often malfunctioned and that cell phones are more reliable. CNM also says the upkeep to maintain the “outdated” technology is “not a wise investment of public resources.”

Many of the poles are already wrapped up with “Out of Service” banners or have their emergency call buttons covered with metal bolted to the poles.

CNM says all the phones will be removed by the end of this year.


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The Hyperloop Could Take You From DIA To Greeley In 5 Minutes

By Jeff Todd

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado is starting to position itself as a leader on the hypothetical Hyperloop on several different fronts.

Students at the Colorado School of Mines are putting finishing touches on their pod before it’s shipped to California for testing and the competition Aug 25-27.

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“The goal of this competition is to reach the highest speed possible and stop safely so you don’t go out the back end of the tube and wreck,” said team leader Austin Genger.

The School of Mines team is one of the smaller and minimally-funded teams in the county, they are asking for support.

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More than 1,000 teams submitted plans to get a pod up to speed, and only about two dozen were chosen.

The School of Mines is the only representation from Colorado and many of the students are participating as part of their senior project.

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The Hyperloop has been a concept made more popular by Space X CEO Elon Musk in 2015. Now many teams are hoping they have come up with the technology that thinks it could get people across the region or the country in minutes instead of hours. The concept calls for the pod to reach speed around 700 mph.

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The biggest issue for teams in this competition is to get the pod up to speed and break all on battery power.

“Being on the cutting edge of science is mind blowing,” Genger said. “We think we may be in one of the top positions but we don’t truly know for sure.”

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Diggerloop team leader Austin Genger(credit: CBS)

Hypothetically the Mines pod could reach up to 280 mph. The team is using nearly 300 drone batteries to power a 500 Horsepower motor. The test track less than a mile long.

“We don’t actually know what we would win aside from bragging rights. I thought this project was pretty cool myself as did pretty much all of us here,” Genger.

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The hope is Mines will have the top speed, and their technology can be moved forward with developing the Hyperloop pods in the future.

“For mass transportation it will need a little more time, but it’s definitely feasible,” Genger said.

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CDOT announced in January that it was chosen as a semi-finalist for another company, Hyperloop One, with the concept of connecting the Denver International Airport to Greeley with just five minutes of travel time.

Many experts say the Hyperloop could prosper and thrive in Colorado along the Front Range either above or below ground. However, there are no solid plans for construction or even financing the massive projects.

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As the School of Mines team is showing, the Hyperloop could be more conceptual than practical at this time. But that’s not going to stop the students from trying.

“We thought, this would be a pretty awesome thing to finally be working on,” said Genger.

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Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

Jhurell Pressley back with the Atlanta Falcons

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Jhurell Pressley is back with the Atlanta Falcons for a second time. The former University of New Mexico running back signed a two year deal with the Falcons after a workout Wednesday. Now, Pressley will have to try and make the team. The Falcons are up to 90 players at the moment.

Pressley was one of a few players brought into Falcons camp Wednesday for a workout. With Devonta Freeman in concussion protocol and B.J. Daniels waived after a hamstring injury, the Falcons needed another body at running back in camp. Pressley spent last season with the Falcons on the practice squad. Prior to that he spent a short time with the Green Bay Packers.

When he came out of New Mexico in 2016, Pressley signed a free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings and had flashes of great play. He even had a 106 yard kickoff returned for a touchdown during the preseason, but the vikings released him before the regular season. At New Mexico, Pressley had 2,725 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns in four years with the Lobos.


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State Police: Four killed in multi-vehicle crash near Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – Westbound 1-40 near Santa Rosa remains closed after a crash that killed four people Wednesday night.

State Police say an RV was traveling eastbound, had a tire blowout, and crossed the median into oncoming traffic. It collided with other cars.

Traffic is being diverted to U.S. 54.


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