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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."

The Reds had won the first game following the All-Star break since 2008.
The Yankees struck first. After Brett Gardner led off the game by being hit by a pitch, Mark Teixiera walked before Brian McCann hit a run scoring double with two outs for an early 1-0 lead. 
Cincinnati wasn't down for long. In the third, Pena hit one of his two home runs on the evening with a solo shot to right. It was his fourth of the year. Half an inning later, the Yankees pulled back ahead when Carlos Beltran singled home a run. Catcher Devin Mesoraco then tied the game in the fourth with fielders choice which allowed Zack Cozart, who singled to lead off the inning, to score. 
Jacoby Ellsbury then put the Yankees up for good with a two-run home run off of start Mike Leake to give them a two run lead. 

"It was a cutter that backed up," Leake said. "It was still a decent location. He was able to drop his hands and hurt me."

Leake, who was hit with the loss, went seven innings allowing eight hits and four earned runs while striking out five. Pena homered yet again in the top half of the seventh inning but it was all that the Reds could manage as the Yankees took game one of the series. 

"You have to shake it off and be ready for tomorrow," Pena said. "It's an early game. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves."

Cincinnati and New York will face off in game two Saturday afternoon when Alfredo Simon takes the mound looking for win 13 on the year.  

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