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Cincinnati Reds Offense Stumbles, Fall to New York Yankees for Second Straight Game

July 19th, 2014 at 8:05 PM
By Cody Dalga

If there was any team that was hoping for a hot start to begin the second half, it was the Cincinnati Reds. Numerous injuries and a hot streak heading into the All-Star break was just what the doctored ordered. But the Reds second half start has been nothing but a disappointment as the Reds fell yet again to the New York Yankees, this time by a score of 7-1. 

All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched just five innings of work giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out four. It was the first Reds loss in the last nine starts for the pitcher. 

His opposition, Brandon McCarthy, held the Reds offense in check. In his first home start in New York he went six innings allowing just one run on six hits and striking out nine.

New York struck first and scored runs in both the second and third innings. Carlos Beltran launched a solo home run, his 10th of the year, with two outs in the second. He was followed by a one-out RBI single by Brett Gardner in the third. 

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Brayan Pena Goes Yard Twice, Cincinnati Reds Fall in Second Half Opener to New York Yankees 4-3

July 19th, 2014 at 11:53 AM
By Cody Dalga

Recently, the Cincinnati Reds have been accustomed to completing comebacks. Before the All-Star break, the Reds completed a four-run and five-run comeback against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, respectively. 

Unfortunately even with Brayan Pena's multi-homer game, the New York Yankees were too much for the Redlegs as they fell by a score of 4-3 Friday night at Yankee Stadium. 

"You have to give them a lot of credit. They scored some runs and then their bullpen did the rest," Pena said. "For us, it was one of those games where we were grinding a little bit, first game back from the All-Star break. We were trying to get back on track."

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Following All-Star Break Cincinnati Reds Head to New York to Begin Second Half

July 17th, 2014 at 10:18 PM
By Cody Dalga

The Cincinnati Reds couldn't have found a better part of the season to have the All-Star Break. Whether it was bad breaks or injures, even with so many negatives, the Reds somehow managed to keep their foot on the gas pedal and end the first half of the season at 51-44 sitting just a game and a half behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. 

At one point in the first half, the Redlegs found themselves over 10 games out of first place but the last month of the season they won 17 games, including seven of the past nine. 

One big factor regarding the second half of the season is the health of the starting lineup. They will be without two major assets in first baseman Joey Votto and Gold Glover Brandon Phillips. Votto has been hampered by a quad injury that has already placed him on the disabled list twice this season including his latest stint while Phillips is recovering from surgery on a torn ligament in his glove hand which was a result of a dive attempt. There is no set timetable for a return of either player

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Todd Frazier Reaches Home Run Derby Finals, Falls to Defending Champion

July 15th, 2014 at 9:28 PM
By Cody Dalga

No one expected to see much from Todd Frazier in Monday's Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. Players like Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig, and defending Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes continued to be the talk of the night, but Frazier somehow managed to find himself going one-on-one with the defending champion for a chance at the title. 

Although he eventually lost by eight homers, Frazier still had a memorable night. His brother Charlie was able to live the wild ride with him as he was chosen by Todd as his pitcher for the evening. 

"That was the best part, because they were both cheering me on and they want the best for me every time," Frazier said following his runner-up performance. "To be the National League guy for Cincinnati, at least I bring that back home, at least I'm the defending National League champ. I can put that on my resume."

A rain delay pushed back the start of the derby, but the third baseman still led off the competition hitting just two home runs. While he looked out early, Puig went homer-less. The Rockies Justin Morneau hit two to tie Frazier and go against him in a hit-off where Frazier advanced by hitting a single home run. In the second round, Frazier teed off for six bombs while the Rockies Troy Tulowitzki recorded just two. 
 
Stanton, who received a bye when he hit six in the first round, went one-on-one with Frazier in round three where Frazier again advanced with just one home run. On the American League side, Cespedes destroyed the competition to meet the New Jersey-native in the finals. 
 
The Finals went to Cespedes in a landslide but Frazier put his name on the map. 
"Too bad he didn't win, but I think he put himself on the map a little bit and showed his stuff. He made us proud," Charlie Frazier said following the Derby. 

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Alfredo Simon’s Great First Half Finally Gets Him All-Star Game Nod

July 14th, 2014 at 10:35 AM
By Cody Dalga

It probably took a little longer than he had hoped but Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon learned on Sunday that he would represent the Reds and the National League in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

"I'm really happy," Simon said. "I've never been in the All-Star Game and they've given me the opportunity this year and I deserve to be there. I was in the bullpen and I had surgery in 2009 and then came back and this year became a starter — and to make the All-Star Game is huge for me."

Simon's success might not have happened had the 33-year old not taken a spot in the rotation after Mat Latos was injured during Spring Training. He moved to the rotation and is now tied for the league lead with 12 wins. 
 
The selection of Simon came from a new rule created in the 2012 CBA between Major League Baseball and the players association. The "Sunday Pitcher Rule" states that a pitcher who starts on the Sunday before the All-Star Game may elect not to participate and, if he does, would be limited to just one inning and may set a pitch limit. One of those pitchers was Cincinnati's own Johnny Cueto, who pitched Sunday against the Pirates. 

"I couldn't be more excited, I don't think there's a more deserving guy," said Reds manager Bryan Price, who informed Simon of his selection Sunday in the Reds dugout during the 6-3 win. "Of those that were omitted, to have 12 wins at the break — I think he had 11 before everything was final with the voting and the roster construction there — he pitches a lot of innings, doesn't walk anybody, has a low WHIP, and is as deserving as anybody on that club to be there."

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