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2015 Reds All-Star wrap-up

Todd Frazier took the Home Run Derby to new heights and solidified his spot as face of the Reds franchise. Aroldis Chapman blew everyone’s doors off again with 100-plus mph heat. And Cincinnati put on a pretty good show for All-Star week.

Here are some of the Reds-related stories, in case you missed them.

Cincinnati brightens under All-Star spotlight
Chapman’s fastball wows All-Star crowd
Todd Frazier wins Home Run Derby at home
Reds prospects enjoy Futures Game
Cincinnati boasts plenty of attractions

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Greetings from the Sirius-XM Home Run Derby, where the new format has created quite a bit more excitement.

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NL All-Star lineup 

McCutchen 8

Frazier 5

Harper 9

Goldschmidt 3

Posey 2

Rizzo DH

Peralta 6

Pederson 7

LeMahieu 4
Greinke 1

AL All-Star lineup

Trout 8

Donaldson 5

Pujols 3

Cruz DH

Cain 9

Jones 7

Perez 2

Altuve 4

Escobar 6

Keuchel 1

No-hitter for Louisville

This came from the folks at Triple-A Louisville Sunday afternoon:

LHP Tony Cingrani (4.0 IP), LHP David Holmberg (3.0 IP) and RHP Sam LeCure (2.0 IP) combined to throw the Louisville Bats’ first ever nine-inning no-hitter Sunday afternoon in Toledo. Louisville defeated the Mud Hens 5-0.

LeCure struck out Mike Hessman for the final out. Hessman hit 25 homers as a member of the Bats in 2013.

On May 14, 2000, Larry Luebbers tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader at Charlotte, the only other no-hitter in Louisville franchise history since 1982.

All-Star Sunday

All-Star Futures Game lineups features two Reds prospects — Kyle Waldrop and Yorman Rodriguez.

  

Game 84: Reds at Marlins

I am not in Miami for the series as I’m back in Cincinnati for All-Star Game stuff. Here is tonight’s lineup:

Phillips 4

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Bruce 9

Byrd 7

Suarez 6

Barnhart 2

Lorenzen 1

Hamilton 8

Rain strikes again – PPD

The Reds and Nationals series finale was called off because of rain before the 7:05 pm scheduled start. No makeup date was announced.

“It’s a bad forecast and my understanding was yesterday was the first day they didn’t have rain here in a long time on the field,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “They just didn’t think it could take this much more rain and still be playable. They were very communicative with me ahead of time that the weather and the field conditions might create this environment.”

Michael Lorenzen was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game and could very well be pushed back. It could cost David Holmberg a promotion, though. Holmberg was to be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Thursday’s series opener vs. the Marlins in Miami.

If Lorenzen is moved back a day, this would be the second time this season Holmberg saw a potential call-up effectively wiped out by rain.

“We’ll get together collectively and discuss our options,” Price said. “There could be a lot of moving parts in this. A lot of things that may change because of this. We’ll see.”
There have been four postponements, 17 delays and one suspended game this season for the Reds because of rain. The delay times have totaled 21 hours, 40 minutes.

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There is already makeup games scheduled vs. the Cubs – in a day-night doubleheader – on July 22 at Great American Ball Park to account for an April 25 rainout. Two days later will be another makeup vs. the Tigers, also at home, for a June 18 rainout. A May 8 rainout vs. the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field was rescheduled as a doubleheader the following day.

Early work pays for Votto?

Joey Votto had a nice 3-for-5, three RBI game for the Reds in the 5-0 win over the Nationals Tuesday and finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Votto was out for early batting practice well before that game and was again taking flips from Jay Bell outside early before rain forced the grounds crew to roll out the tarp.

Before Votto’s third-inning homer Tuesday, he hadn’t hit one out since June 13. In the period in between, he was batting .211 (15-for-71) with three RBIs. Manager Bryan Price was never too concerned about Votto at the plate.

“He’s a great hitter,” Price said on Wednesday. “You don’t hold great hitters down for very long periods of time. I think he also knows his swing and knows how to find his way back to his best swing and his most comfortable approach. I know he works hard with Don, to make sure that everything is as it should be. I never expect when he struggles that it’s going to be for any extended period of time. Like most guys, it’s finding his way back to what he usually does.”

Votto said little about whether the early work paid off for him Tuesday.

“It’s just part of the process,” Votto said.

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