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Frazier's big game not enough as Reds fall, 7-6

Todd Frazier had a great night, but so did Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy.

Mike McGinnis
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

The Reds brought their big bats tonight, pounding out 10 hits, two of which cleared the fence, and walking six times. Todd Frazier led the way by going three for three with a home run, four RBI, one run, and one walk. The third baseman has received a good deal of attention for his recent struggles, but Frazier's troubles at the plate seemed a lifetime ago tonight. Since the All-Star break, Devin Mesoraco has been the closest thing to a reliable right-handed hitter for the Reds, and this club could really use another good bat from the right side of the dish.

On the flip side, the Reds struggled in the field tonight. A misplayed pop-up in the third opened the door to a rally for the Brewers. Cincinnati compounded the miscue by bringing the infielders in with a man on third, and the move backfired on the Reds.

Jonathan Lucroy deserves an honorable mention for his game-winning home run, but he also had a great all-around game, going three for five with two runs, three RBI, and the aforementioned big fly. Chris Heisey collected two hits in five trips, including a round-tripper. Manny Parra looked sharp in an inning of work and struck out Khris Davis on a not-safe-for-work split-finger fastball. Jean Segura had a three-hit night for Milwaukee, and Davis went for two for three with a big double and a walk.

Key Plays
  • The Reds made two quick outs to start the ballgame, but Joey Votto drew a walk to keep the inning alive. Brondon Phillips singled, and Jay Bruce walked to load the bases for Cincinnati. Todd Frazier somehow stayed alive long enough to see an attractive fastball. He lined the pitch to center field for a single that scored Votto and Phillips. The Reds led, 2-0.

  • In the bottom of the second, Milwaukee's Juan Francisco smacked the first pitch he saw over the left field wall. The Reds led, 2-1.

  • In the bottom of the third, Jean Segura popped up to shallow center field. Phillips got his glove on the ball, but couldn't complete the catch as the ball squirted out of his grasp. Segura hustled all the way and reached third on the play for his ninth triple of the year. Cincinnati brought the infielders in, but Jonathan Lucroy grounded one past Zack Cozart, scoring Segura. Aramis Ramirez singled, and Lucroy advanced to second. With two outs in the innings, Khris Davis doubled his teammates home to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead.

  • In the top of the fourth, Frazier took a first-pitch breaking ball to left field for a home run. The Brewers led, 4-3.

  • Shin-Soo Choo led off the top of the fifth with a line drive single to left field. Chris Heisey then swatted a fastball to deep left for a two-run circuit clout. The Reds led, 5-4.

  • With two men on and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Scooter Gennett delivered a single to center field that should have scored Lucroy or at least loaded the bases. However, Choo came up quickly with the ball, which caused Brewers' third base coach Ed Sedar to hold Lucroy at third. Khris Davis wasn't paying attention to Sedar and ran through second base. Devin Mesoraco re-routed Choo's throw to Phillips who chased Davis to third, which forced Lucroy homeward. Phillips threw back to Mesoraco who tagged out Lucroy to end the inning. The Reds still led, 5-4.

  • Milwaukee's Logan Schaefer walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth against Alfredo Simon. Pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi sacrificed to move Schaefer over to second base. With two outs in the innings, Jean Segura slapped a single to center to score Schaefer. Segura advanced to second base on the throw to keep the pressure on Simon and the Reds. The young shortstop swiped third base, but Lucroy lined out to Bruce to end the inning. The game was tied, 5-5.

  • In the top of the seventh inning, Heisey singled and promptly stole second base. Votto walked to put two men on with nobody out. Phillips failed to reach, but Bruce grounded into a fielder's choice, which advanced Heisey to third. Frazier laced one to left to score Heisey. The Reds led, 6-5.

  • In a move that will draw its fair share of criticism, Dusty Baker called on Aroldis Chapman for the fifth time in six days. Segura reached base on an infield single to lead off the inning. Zack Cozart made a great effort, but the ball dribbled out of Votto's glove on the throw. Lucroy then blasted a two-run shot to left to end the game. The Brewers won, 7-6.

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Other Notes
  • The Cubs beat the Cardinals, 7-0, in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field.

  • The Pirates defeated the Diamondbacks, 6-2. Pittsburgh remains in first place with a three game lead over the Cardinals. Cincinnati trails St. Louis by half of a game.

  • The Reds look to rebound tomorrow as Mat Latos takes the mound for Cincinnati. Latos will match-up against the formerly formidable Yovani Gallardo. First pitch is schedule for 7:10 EDT.

  • Today was the end of an era in Philadelphia as the Phillies parted ways with longtime manager Charlie Manuel. The AP Sports Twitter account (@AP_Sports) shared a poignant photograph of "Cholly" walking out of Citizens Bank Park for the last time as the Phils' skipper. The situation is quickly souring in Philadelphia with general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. blaming everyone but himself for the state of the franchise. These moments certainly make you appreciate Cincinnati's great ownership and front office.


  • Here's another number for the road.