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.
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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.