It was the Todd Frazier show for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night against the New York Mets. Frazier, who replaced Scott Rolen (on the DL), as the everday 3rd baseman, took advantage of the extra playing time to make a case that he should be the starter regardless of Rolen’s status in producing his first two homerun game of his career.
Frazier had a solo shot in the 7th to bring the Cincinnati Reds to within one and then a two-run blast in the 8th to complete the comback and scoring for the Reds. They won the opener of the series 6-3.
As has been the case for a greater part of the season, the Cincinnati Red bullpen came in and shut the door of the opponent to allow the Reds the opportunity to come back and steal a victory. Jose Arredondo, Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall combined to close the door on any scoring from the Mets. Arredondo picked up the win (3-1). Chapman struck out two of the three batters he faced. He has struck out 49% of the batters he has faced so far this year. (Put him in coach. He’s ready to play. Today.) Marshall allowed one hit, but picked up his 7th save of the year.
Although he didn’t figure in the decision, Mike Leake (0-5) turned in a quality start for the Cincinnati Reds. Not only was he effective on the mound. He was very effective at the plate. He had two hits and scored a run. Great production from the 9 hole Wednesday night.
The Cincinnati Reds will have a quick turn around and go at it again on Thursday against the Mets. Mat Latos will take the mound to see if the Reds can climb three games over .500 for the first time this year.
I hope the Reds can follow up with the bats two games in a row.