May 1, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) is congratulated by third base coach Steve Smith (35) after Barnhart hit his first career home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada (41) during the fifth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Update (5/2): Cincinnati Reds, Aroldis Chapman, Derby

Sunny days are here again! The Cincinnati Reds surprisingly won easily over the best team in baseball last night. Aroldis Chapman made his triumphed return Thursday night as well to actual game action in Dayton.

The Flying Pig Marathon is this weekend. The cities most famous marathon all thanks to the long lost moniker “porkopolis.” If you aren’r from Cincinnati it used to be the pork capital of the country. If you ever visit you will see hundreds of fiberglass giant pigs with wings. Anyway the race is this weekend and RFB’s own Jesse Mapati will be running in it. If you are going to the race cheer him on for us!

Cincinnati Reds (13-15)

An 8-3 win and a solid outing from the struggling Homer Bailey is not what many people expected from Thursday nights game. A game that started with a spectacular diving catch by Billy Hamilton on the first pitch of the game. Hamilton would be pulled from the game with soreness in his wrist.

Homer Bailey ended up going 8 innings strong allowing 8 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out four in the process. Rookie catcher Tucker Barnhart hit his first career home run Thursday as well. Brayan Pena also came in and hit a pinch hit home run, his second home run in back to back games.

The Reds are back at it against the Brewers tonight at 7:10, Mike Leake (2-2) is on the mound tonight.

Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman made his much anticipated return to baseball Thursday night in Dayton. The hard throwing Cuban pitched one inning, faced three batters striking out two in the process.

Chapman threw 18 pitches, 11 of those were strikes. His velocity topped out at 101mph, although the radar board at the ballpark could not handle that as it read “00” and “01” for most of Chapman’s pitches. Chapman will likely make three more starts in the minors before rejoining the big club.

Kentucky Derby

I don’t know if any of you know this but the Kentucky Derby is this weekend. The most exciting two minutes in sports has snuck up on everyone outside of Kentucky once again. I know absolutely nothing about horse betting but I like the Triple Crown.

One thing I do know, don’t put your money on the favorite. California Chrome is going off at 5-2 right now. Any horse with odds that good you should avoid, not to mention you’ll make no money. Seriously when is the last time the pre-race favorite won? Exactly.

There is a horse named Danza in the race. If it was named Tony Danza I would say bet on it, but the name is awful so avoid that horse.

I will be putting my money on Medal Count, he has good closing speed down the stretch, if he is in position look for him to contend.

Video of the Day

Hockey fans are out of their minds. Ranger fans going to Philly are out of their minds. Dude you went into enemy territory and expected to run your mouth and escape freely? Idiot.

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