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.
The Reds cut the lead in half in the top half of the fifth when Chris Heisey launched a solo home run with one out. It was his fourth home run of the year. It was all downhill from there.
It was all Yankees from there. In the bottom portion of the fifth, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a passed ball, Gardner singled home Roberts before Derek Jeter singled home Johnson to extend the lead to 4-1. An inning later, Johnson collected two-run single before Gardner drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1.
Home Run Derby runner-up Todd Frazier led the offense with a two-hit afternoon.
Cincinnati will attempt to salvage a win in New York when they start game three tomorrow at 1:05 ET before heading to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers.
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