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Reds: Dropping the ball



NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees tags Skip Schumaker #25 of the Cincinnati Reds who was caught in a run down during their game at Yankee Stadium on July 19, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Final: Yankees 3 Reds 2  Boxscore  

T5: Schumaker 2-out RBI 2B, 1-0 Reds
B5: Derek Jeter RBI 1B, 1-1...followed back-to-back walks
B5: Jacoby Ellsbury RBI 1B, 2-1 Yankees.
T8: Frazier 20th HR, 2-2.
B9: Brian McCann parachuted a single between Frazier, Schumaker and Bruce for a game-winning RBI single.

The Reds ended the first half of the season winning 8 of 11 and looking like a playoff team. The Reds started the second half of the season getting swept by the Yankees and looking like anything but a playoff team. Brian McCann's bottom of the 9th pop fly dropped between three Reds in shallow RF and Jacoby Ellsbury scored the winning run, as the Yankees beat the Reds 3-2 Sunday.
Johnny Cueto labored for five innings and got squeezed by home plate umpire Angel Hernadez, but left trailing just 2-1. Todd Frazier's career-high 20th HR tied the game 2-2 in the 8th. Then came a Reds meltdown in the bottom of the 9th. Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff single capped a nine pitch AB vs Aroldis Chapman (6 fouls on pitches 100-102mph). Ellsbury then stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, setting up McCann's game-winner.

*I’d say the Reds performance Sunday was little league like, but that would be an insult to little league.
*"You have got to be kidding me,"--Thom Brennaman, Fox Sports Ohio, on final play. 
*Sunday's circus: Santiago error, Schumaker picked off 1st as tying run in 8th, Hamilton lost ball in sun, Bruce juggled/dropped a transfer after catch, Chapman threw a wild pitch, Chapman paid not attention to Ellsbury on his SB in 9th, McCann's game winner dropped untouched...five feet beyond infield dirt.
*Reds were 0 for 19 w/RISP until Skip Schumaker's  2-out RBI 2B, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the 5th.
*Reds scored 6 runs in 3 game series: 4 solo HR's (Pena 2-Heisey-Frazier).
*Reds batters 31 K and 3 BB, in series. Hit 20 for 101 (.198), 1 for 22 w/RISP.
*No quality starts by Reds starting pitching in series, including Simon and Cueto, who entered the weekend 1st/2nd in NL in QS. Back-to-back 5 inning outings for Simon and Cueto.
*Anyone still want to insist this team can make the playoffs without a trade?
*Game by game the impact of losing Votto and Phillips is exposed.
*Pirates beat Rockies, Brewers lost to Nationals, Cards lost to Dodgers.  
*Reds 4th place, 2.5 back of Brewers/Cards for 1st.
*Heck of a stab by Frazier to save a run and end 1st inning.
*Santiago doubled to extend his season-high hitting streak to 8 games, one game shy of his career high.
*Santiago 13 for 27 in his last 8 games…11 for 59 on season prior to that.
*Santiago’s 1st SB since June 8, 2012
*Schumaker picked off 1st in 8th inning, Frazier HR followed to tie 2-2.
*Frazier 3 HR last 5 games, career high 20 HR.
*Yankees stole 6 bases in series. 
*Not sure how Brayan Price didn't at least DH Devin Mesoraco.
Starting pitcher
Johnny Cueto: 5 IN, 5 H, 2 R, season-high 4 BB, 7 K
*Cueto walked #9 hitter twice.
*1st time Kelly Johnson has walked twice in a game since May 13. 
*Cueto K of Teixeira to end bases-loaded jam in 3rd/65 pitches.
*Last time Cueto walked more than 4 batters in a start was August 23, 2011, when he walked 6 vs Marlins.
*37 pitch 5th inning for Cueto/112 pitches through 5 innings.
*Cueto had streak of 7 QS row.
Manny Parra, 6th: .2, 0 R
*Last run Parra allowed was May 25 vs Cards, 18 straight scoreless appearances (one away career high).
*Sam LeCure, 6th: Got Jeter with bases loaded, 1.1 IN, 0 R
Career: batters 3 for 36 vs LeCure with bases loaded.
*Career: LeCure has inherited bases loaded 18 times and stranded 52 of the 54 inherited runners.
Jonathan Broxton, 8th: 0 R
Aroldis Chapman, 9th: .1 IN, 2 H, 1 R
*Chapman now has at least 1 strikeout in 42 consecutive appearances, adding to his ML  record for relievers since 1900.
*From Jeff: The 5 full time starters were the problem vs the Yankees.
Full time starters(Hamilton/Frazier/Bruce/Meso/Cozart):  
7-55  .127 batting avg. with 21 K's.
Rest of Team:  13-46  .283 batting avg. with 10 K's.



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