LeCure OK, Hamilton caught
The Reds suffered their third one-run loss of the season in a 4-3 defeat to the Mets. All the game story info is on MLB.com/Reds.com.
A couple of postgame items are here as well…
*In all four games, Sam LeCure has yet to emerge through the bullpen door. There is no injury issue, however.
“LeCure is fine,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’ve gotten him up in every game. In this case tonight, we wanted to have him to close. I didn’t want to get him up and not get him in. That would have been four consecutive games where we got him up and not get him in.”
*Billy Hamilton, who got the night off from the lineup, pinch-ran for Brayan Pena in the eighth as the Reds tried to even the game. He was caught stealing for only the second time in 15 big league tries. Both were against the Mets. Anthony Recker was the successful catcher this time — getting him after a 0-1 pitch from Kyle Farnsworth.
“He’s in that situation to get into scoring position and after strike one, it’s even more challenging because it opens up the possibility of a pitch out,” Price said. “It takes away the hit-and-run. Nobody is a sure thing. He’s going to be a very high percentage base stealer. He already has been in his limited time in the big leagues. There have been better conditions to run under but they did a great job. Farnsworth was quick to the plate. Recker made a perfect throw and still just got him.”
“I actually faced him in the Minor Leagues a couple years ago and he’s just as fast as he was then. He can still run,” Recker said. “Honestly, I’d like to say I threw him out twice in two tries, but both times they called him safe. But my shortstop told me that he was out both times so I’ll believe him, because I thought he was out both times.
“It was after he had already broken the record in the Minor Leagues. It was at the end of 2012 and he already had 100 and I don’t know how many bases. So I knew who he was. That was pretty exciting because I thought I threw him out both times, but I didn’t get the call.”