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.
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/
7-55 .127 batting avg. with 21 K's.
Rest of Team: 13-46 .283 batting avg. with 10 K's.
damn, not the start we were lookin for out of the break, it'll come tho. cool to face Jeter today, even cooler to get him out. #RE2PECT— Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) July 20, 2014