Frazier’s walk-off winner

The Reds have won five-straight and are five games over .500 (24-19) following a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Braves.

Click here for the game story on MLB.com

To the three stars…

No. 3 star: Tommy Hanson, ATL — 6 ip, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 93 pitches/61 strikes. Hanson gave up a questionable infield single by Zack Cozart with a throwing error that put Cozart on second base. Cozart would be stranded on third base after a two-out walk as Hanson went on to retire 12 in a row. A Ryan Hanigan two-out single in the fifth inning was the first legit hit of the game.

No. 2 star: Bronson Arroyo — 6.2 ip, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 107 pitches/66 strikes. Arroyo threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of 26 batters and now has five quality starts in nine games. He got a no-decision after being lifted in the seventh as Atlanta sent Chipper Jones up to pinch hit.

“We’ll take it. Bronson did his job,” Dusty Baker said. “At that time, I didn’t like the matchups they potentially had coming up there. Especially with Chipper Jones, who’s hitting like .400 off of Bronson. We probably wouldn’t have pitched to him, but that late in the game, you hate to put an extra base runner on base, especially with the bullpen they have out there. They can shut you down.”

No. 1 star: Todd Frazier — 1-for-4. The one hit was a biggie as Frazier hit the walk-off homer to right field for the win. It was the  first walk-off of his career. It reached the first row of seats in right field.

“When I was going to first, I knew I had a lot of it,” Frazier said. “At the same time, you’re hoping it’s a lot more than that. I didn’t think I had all of it. Watching it rounding first, it just got over. That’s fine with me.”

News and notes:

*People like to poo-poo the stat of quality start and I know it’s not the greatest barometer in the world. But it certainly beats the antonym and the Reds will certainly take what they’ve been getting. During the winning streak, the Reds have gotten five quality starts. The starters are 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA in this stretch.

*Brandon Phillips made an absolutely brilliant defensive play in the seventh. Phillips knocked down a grounder from Michael Bourn. After he bobbled in on the ground, he tossed for the inning-ending force play at 2B from his back. It was a big play as Atlanta was threatening with two outs. Click here to watch the play.

*The Reds aren’t hitting like gangbusters lately, but they are getting some clutch ones at the right time. Nine of their 10 runs scored in this series have come via the home run.

*Zack Cozart is on a four-game hitting streak and is 6-for-15 in those games.

*Jay Bruce is mired in a 1-for-27 skid.

10 Comments

Get out the brooms!

Travis Wood has made two starts for the Cubs – 11 2/3 innings pitched, 5 hits, 5 walks and 5 runs. 3.86 ERA. He’s also 3 for 4 with two doubles, batting. The Cubs are an awful team. The Brewers are off to a bad start. Reds fans need to relax and enjoy. We could be in one of those two burgs. Or in the American League East looking up at the Orioles (!?!?)

Bruce is so lost. How does this happen to him all the time? I personally can’t figure it out. I just hope it ends soon.
Curt

Yeah Bruce is definitely lost right now…..I mean like a little puppy dog with the deer in headlights looks. WTF is the deal with him doing this all the time. It’s gotta be a big head thing because when you get in slumps, it’s all about what goes on in your head that gets you out of them. He really lookd down on himself badly right now. Well KNOCK IT JAY, YOU’RE A HUGE PART OF THIS TEAM AND WE NEED YOU MAN! GET UP, SING A SONG IN YOU’RE HEAD, DON’T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING AND JUST RAKE DUDE! You have all the talent in the world, so don’t let a slump cause you to forget that. Seriously get up there and starting singing in your head and just forget about everything else. LOL. Nothing on Frazier Curt? Can’t even recognize that he had a really BIG hit last night. You’re right, you won’t cheer against him, but you’re not going to cheer for him either. First thought that probably came to your mind last night when he hit that was “darn it, why couldn’t it have been anyone other than him.” LOL However, the rest of his night was awful and I think we are looking at a kid that plays mediocre D, Hits for some power, but is a .270 hitter at best. He did come through big time last night. Congrats to Todd on that!

Yep, Todd Frazier, one tool player. Won’t hit for average, can’t field, no arm, no speed, but he can hit for power. But hey, Mark McGwire only had one tool too. It’s like Gomes, he couldn’t do anything really, but he got some big hits. If Frazier can do that, then we’ll take it. He won the game last night, I can’t deny that.
Curt

And it wasn’t too much power either. It’s a good thing Heyward backed into the wall because he could have robbed that!

this is starting to feel more like 2010 and hopefully better. Its exciting. But just like 2010 the offense is not complete and needs a RH bat to step up or get traded to this team.

Bruce funk started with REST day in New York.Never saw a manager with less feel for the game than Baker. BIG C.

Reds signed Joey Gaithright today????? Why? He is hitting like .240 in the low minors! Speed to burn though for sure!

The Bats signed Gaithright, it’s a minor-league deal for a team that needs some depth. The Atlantic League is independent, but player ability is typically in the AA/AAA range.

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