Frazier, Leake come through

“Start spreading the news…” (Todd Frazier is a Frank Sinatra fan), the Reds won their first of five-straight games in New York with a 6-3 victory over the Mets.

Click here for the full game story on MLB.com

As the Rangers and Devil battle at MSG, here are the three stars of the game in Flushing…

No. 3 star: Johan Santana, NYM — 6 2/3 ip, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 107 pitches/71 strikes.

No. 2 star: Mike Leake — 6 ip, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 105 pitches/62 strikes. He was also 2-for-2 as a hitter with a nice sac bunt. It was a big outing for Leake, who was winless and needed a good game.

“He had a quality start, big time,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We wanted him to get on the board with that victory but more importantly we got the victory. He threw the ball excellent tonight.”

No. 1 star: Todd Frazier — 2-for-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBI. Frazier came in 2-for-15 with 7 Ks since taking over at third base for Scott Rolen. He struck out in his first two at-bats vs. the Santana. But he came through big in the seventh. His leadoff homer kept the Reds one run away and his two-run homer in the eighth against DJ Carrasco put the game away. It was a nice night for the Toms River, NJ native that had lots of family and friends on hand.

“It was a special time tonight for sure,” Frazier said.

News and notes:

*Right after the game, the Mets designated D.J. Carrasco for assignment. He’s the dude that gave up a first-pitch homer to Rickie Weeks of the Brewers on Tuesday and then immediately plunked Ryan Braun with his next pitch.

*Aroldis Chapman had another scoreless inning, running his total for the season to 19 1/3 innings.

Quotes:

“I put a little pressure on myself. I had a good talk with Chris Speier and he explained to me that you don’t need to press or put any pressure on yourself, you’re good enough. You’ve got a good opportunity here and roll with it and have fun. I’ve been having fun. That was a little rut there I guess you could say.” — Todd Frazier

“I gave him the lineup card tonight. You always want to do well in front of your parents, fiancé, the homies and everybody. You tend to play better and concentrate better.” — Dusty Baker on Frazier

“Of course I felt like I needed to do something. I was kind of a hole in the rotation. It was a matter of time where I was going to come around. I just need to string a few together. I’m not going to put the pressure on myself to do it. I will go out there with the same attitude I had tonight.” — Mike Leake

 

9 Comments

Teacher: “Curt, don’t you have something to say to Todd?” Curt: “I’m sorry I called you a no-tool player.” Teacher: ” Now, Todd, what do you say to Curt?” Todd: “It’s alright.” Teacher: “Good. Now shake hands.” They shake. Curt: “(Only one game – bid deal!)” Todd: “(Next time I see you at Skyline, better wear a bib!”)

Mark, one thing I’ve wondered – if a player gets a day off but pinch hits in the game, how much less strenuous than a real game is it? Doesn’t he still have to go through the pregame stuff and stretch out and so-forth. And late in the game he has to watch pitchers in case he has to hit. Sort of like you get a day off but still have to come to the park and oil your typewriter just in case.

First, I think when they are given an off day they don’t have to show up to the field until a couple hours later than normal, so ya, it’s still the same but they make it feel like you have a day off.

Second, ya, nice game Frazier, you can hit mistake pitches, I know that. As long as they keep it low and away, you still have no chance, hence the first two K’s. I still root for him, he’s still a Red, I just still have no faith in him. Maybe I’ll be wrong.
Curt

Good old Baker Heisey has 3 hits two games in a row than one day with no hits out of line up for a man that has no hit in a month and Heisey is faster and better fielder, this team will not win the division this year with baker as he tries to prove he was right to get this has been to play left field send him where you sent the left hander man a week ago

@maxblue — It’s rarely a true day off because if you’re healthy and on the roster, there is a chance you’ll play. But for a regular player in need of a break, resting for seven or eight innings is better than none.

Jesus Curt, the guy had a bad game two games ago and you’re all over him. Then he has a GREAT game yesterday and your still all over him and bringing up his K’s. Does not sound to me like you’re cheering for him in the least bit.

Maybe you are reading my stuff with the wrong tone then. I definitely don’t root against him. And don’t say he had a bad game, he’s had way more bad games then that.
Curt

Curt not that I dont agree with your assesment of his current status. But other than Votto and Bruce this year. What Red doesnt struggle like this? Even Philips infuriates me with how he wastes his first two strikes, if he as as disciplined with the first two as he is with his third strike, he would be as good as votto. Many rookies struggle for a few years until they learn to hit.

I don’t disagree, Frazier could be good, no way to tell. I just feel like he won’t be. Just my opinion.
Curt

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