Todd Frazier’s Go-Ahead Ninth Inning Home Run Pushes Cincinnati Reds Past Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 June 17th, 2014 at 11:30 PM
By Cody Dalga
After allowing a three-run seventh inning which tied the game, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier launched a solo home run to straight away center field in the top of the ninth inning to give the Reds a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday evening at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The Reds had big nights from multiple players. Leadoff man Billy Hamilton was three-for-four with two runs scored and three stolen bases which brought his season total up to 28. Joey Votto also had a big night as he went two-for-five with three RBIs.
Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto was dealt another no-decision after going six innings allowing seven hits and two earned runs while walking four batters.
"I thought I was not even going to be able to throw one inning today," Cueto said via a translator. "I didn't feel good at all, I battled every inning."
Reds manager Bryan Price
also noticed that his starter wasn't himself.
"He wasn't sharp," Price said. "He was better the last two innings than he was the first four. He wasn't really totally locked in, he was spinning off a lot. There were some empty pitches there that didn't serve any purpose."
Although he left with the lead, the Reds were able to muster two in the next inning before reliever Sam LeCure
allowed three runs in the bottom half of the seventh to bring the game even at five. Logan Ondrusek pitched an out in the seventh and completed the eighth but not without a close call. After retiring the first batter, he walked Gregory Polanco and allowed a single to Starling Marte. He battened down the hatches and struck out Andrew McCutchen and Ike Davis to end the inning.
Frazier then began the ninth with the solo shot to put the Reds ahead. It was his 16th of the season.
"The first two pitches were offspeed sliders, so that next pitch, I was looking for a fastball," Frazier said. "I got it out over the plate and I was hoping I could hit it hard, that was all I was trying to do."
Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth and also allowed two base runners before getting Clint Barmes to line out to Chris Heisey
to end the game. The win helped the Reds take over third place in the NL Central and brought them even closer to finally hit that elusive .500 mark
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