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.
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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.
“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