Cozart, Frazier big in resilient win
That was a nice gut-check win for the Reds, especially at this ballpark, during a 5-4 victory over the Phillies. They survived a strong performance from Cliff Lee and their own bullpen blowing two saves in the late innings.
The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Todd Frazier — 2-for-3, HR, double, RBI. The Reds blew their 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Frazier hit a two-out homer, his 18th of the season. The drumbeat for Rookie of the Year gets louder.
No. 2 star: Kevin Frandsen, PHI — 3-for-4, RBI triple. It was Frandsen’s triple against Jonathan Broxton that made it a 4-4 game in the bottom of the eighth. He also made two spectacular diving plays and throws to get outs on defense.
No. 1 star: Zack Cozart — 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs. Cozart had a sacrifice fly in the three-run Reds seventh inning against Cliff Lee. But after the second blown save, he jumped all over Jonathan Papelbon’s first pitch fastball for the game-winning home run.
Fans often jump on players when they are aggressive and don’t “work the count.” This was a case where Cozart was right to attack the first pitch he saw.
“Any guy that has a fastball like that, you don’t want to fall behind,” Cozart said. “I was looking for a pitch out over the plate. He threw a fastball and I put a good swing on it.”
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News and notes:
Homer Bailey’s line: 6 1/3 ip, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 100 pitches/61 strikes. It was a strong performance for Bailey, who corrected a mechanical flaw since his last start. He had been struggling for much of the month. The Reds have won nine straight road starts made by Bailey, by the way.
“Homer pitched an outstanding game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*Aroldis Chapman earned his 30th save, and his 22nd consecutive save, in the ninth. He had a great defensive play. After a leadoff single, Chapman fielded a bunt from Jimmy Rollins and fired a laser to Cozart at second base. I wondered if it might have been high 90s, low 100s mph if there was radar on throws to second base. Cozart’s left hand might not be the same for a day or so.
“I was shocked because the way he went after it, I didn’t know he was 100 percent coming to me,” Cozart said. “Then when he turned around, I was like ‘here we go.’ He threw a good throw and got me pretty good, right in the palm. … We’ve done PFP’s (pitchers fielding practice) before so I was ready for it. … It was a little two-seamer too.”
*The Reds are now 10-21 all time at Citizens Bank Park, and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Phillies going back to last season.
*And at Double-A Pensacola, SS Billy Hamilton broke Vince Coleman’s single season record of stolen bases in professional baseball. It was 145 set in 1983. Hamilton swiped three bags in the first game of a doubleheader to overtake Coleman.