Aroldis Chapman may have officially gotten the save Tuesday, but it was Todd Frazier who bailed out the Reds' bullpen. Frazier hit a leadoff home run off of Pirates closer Jason Grilli in the ninth inning to give the Reds a 6-5 victory in the first game of the three-game series against the Pirates. "That's the team game, it happens some days. Things happen," Frazier said. "Pitchers have been picking us up and hitters have been picking the pitchers up -- that's a team. We build off of these kind of things and hopefully we can keep getting those big wins." Frazier's heroics were welcome, but wouldn't have been necessary had the Reds' bullpen not blown its third lead in the team's last four games. Sam LeCure gave up three hits and three runs in the Pirates' three-run seventh inning that saw the Reds give up the lead. LeCure recorded just one out, while Logan Ondrusek gave up the game-tying hit before getting out of that inning and the next, setting the table for Chapman's 12th save of the season.
Frazier's homer in ninth saves day for Reds
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jun 18