Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Frazier sparks Reds to comeback victory over Mets

Todd Frazier gave Reds fans plenty to smile about Wednesday.

For a time tonight it looked like the Reds were going to go through another night sleep walking at the plate. Then the Mets bullpen came into play and the Reds’ bats came alive in the eighth inning to secure a 6-3 win and move to 19-17 on the season. All the info on the night’s festivities after the break. 

The Good
- Todd Frazier provided some hope that maybe third base won’t be a black hole in the Reds lineup all season. After a miserable start to his time as the everyday third baseman after Scott Rolen’s placement on the DL, Frazier came alive with his first career two home run game, including a bomb to straight away centerfield in the 8th.
- Mike Leake was the guy we’ve come to know over the past couple of seasons-  nobody that will wow you, but a guy that can give the Reds six strong innings each time out. The last time Leake had a quality outing he followed it up with his worst showing ever, so we can’t say he’s righted the ship quite yet but his performance tonight – 6 innings, one earned run, two walks and five strikeouts.
- Aroldis Chapman stretched his scoreless inning streak to 18.1 with a scoreless inning. By the way, he has 34 strikeouts and five walks during that span.
- Zack Cozart and Brandon Phillips each had RBI. If the Reds offense is to ever click, they need production from these guys.
- Sean Marshall pitched a stress-free ninth for his seventh save.

The Bad
- Chris Heisey’s brief hot spell in Atlanta may have been an aberration. Heisey looked poor at the plate again, going 0-for-4 to see his average fall back to .247.
- Ryan Ludwick. Nothing really needs to be said here, but I’ll say this anyway - .177/.267/.335.

The Notables
- Frazier’s massive home run in the 8th inning, his second of the game, hit off the “apple” in dead center field. The game was a homecoming of sorts for Frazier who is a native of New Jersey.
- Jay Bruce was to have the night off, but was called upon to hit for Ludwick in the eighth and narrowly missed a three-run home run. He settled for a sacrifice fly and his 27th RBI of the season.
- Leake flashed off some of the skills that enamored him to Reds fans in the first place, scoring from first base on a Cozart double, sliding in safely at home on a play at the plate.
- Mat Latos (2-2, 4.54) vs. R.A. Dickey (5-1, 3.65) is the scheduled matchup for Thursday’s matinee to close out the quick two-game series.

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