MLB

Cin
8
FINAL
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
0
2
0
2
0
1
3
0
0
8
12
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
4
1
TV:
Pit
1

Frazier saves man with Heimlich

Watch as the Reds' Todd Frazier talks about his off-field heroics.
Watch as the Reds' Todd Frazier talks about his off-field heroics.
Share This Story

   
 

PITTSBURGH (AP)

If the whole baseball thing doesn't work out for Todd Frazier, he may have discovered a second career as an emergency medical technician. Or maybe a lifeguard.

SHOOTING STARS

These athletes burst onto the scene with great fanfare.

The Cincinnati Reds third baseman had two hits and drove in two runs during an 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after saving a local restaurant-goer from a serious medical emergency with some quick thinking.

Frazier and teammate Ryan Ludwick were eating dinner on Monday night when they noticed a customer across the room struggling to breathe. Frazier leapt into action, jumping behind the man and using the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge a sizable piece of meat.

''I don't know what it was — it was a monster piece,'' Frazier said. ''The lady he was with was crying, and it was like surreal. Never done it before in my life.''

The customer recovered, thanked both players then picked up the tab without realizing either played for the Reds.

Considering the way Frazier is slugging the ball, he may not remain anonymous for long.

''He was ... not Superman, he was Mr. Magnificent or somebody,'' Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Some players are better known by creative aliases. Learn about baseball's best nicknames.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (4-3) wasn't too bad either. He gave up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out four while pitching his second career complete game.

''He's been getting progressively better every outing,'' Baker said of Bailey. ''He had great command of his fastball, and he threw some outstanding breaking balls and changeups and he minimized his pitches.''

Bailey needed just 103 pitches, including 77 strikes, to stop Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak. Jay Bruce added three hits and two RBIs for the Reds, who went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

''We spotted (Bailey) some runs early, and we kept adding on,'' Baker said. ''A big thing tonight was Homer and the second thing was the fact that how we hit with runners in scoring position. This is the best night we've had in a while.''

Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (2-6) struggled with his trademark sinker and the Reds took advantage by knocking him around soggy PNC Park following a nearly 2-hour rain delay.

The Pirates were looking for their first five-game winning streak since September 2010 but faltered on a night Morton took another step backward.

POWER RANKINGS

See if your favorite team is pointed in the right direction this week.

Back at work later on Tuesday, Frazier and the rest of his teammates made quick work of the Pirates and Morton.

The right-hander enjoyed a breakout season last year, posting a career-high 10 wins and dominating the Reds. Morton went 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts against Cincinnati a year ago, including a five-hit shutout.

Those numbers are long gone. Morton lost for the fifth time in his last six starts and fell to Cincinnati for the second time in three weeks. The Reds tagged him for five runs in six innings during a loss on May 6 and quickly jumped on Morton again.

''I think some of it is pitch selection, but the majority of it was execution,'' Morton said. ''I feel like I need to get back to where I'm in a groove and the ball is coming out decently when I throw it.''

Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead in the second behind back-to-back doubles by Bruce and Frazier, and extended it to 4-0 two innings later thanks to some lackadaisical Pittsburgh defense. Bruce led off with a double and Frazier followed one batter later with a shot to the gap in left-center field.

Pittsburgh left fielder Jose Tabata jogged after the ball as it rolled to the wall, where it was eventually run down by Andrew McCutchen, who fired a relay to shortstop Josh Harrison. Harrison tried to gun down Frazier at third but the ball sailed over the Pirates dugout and Frazier trotted home.

WHAT'S YOUR HOBBY?

See what baseball players enjoy doing in their downtime.

It was all the run support Bailey required. The Pirates only managed one extra-base hit — a two-out triple by McCutchen — and never threatened to move over .500 for the first time since the third game of the season.

The Reds, who were stopped cold by Pittsburgh's James McDonald on Monday following a 6-1 homestand that vaulted them into first-place, bounced back by flexing some muscle.

Cincinnati drilled five extra-base hits while continuing its offensive deluge. The Reds have scored at least six runs in five of their last 11 games. The Pirates, baseball's lowest scoring team, have reached that number just four times all season.

NOTES: Pittsburgh C Rod Barajas caught his 1,000th major league game on Tuesday, third-most among active catchers behind A.J. Pierzynski and Ramon Hernandez ... The series concludes on Wednesday night when Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.53 ERA) faces Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett (3-2, 4.19 ERA) ... Pirates rookie infielder Jordy Mercer, called up Tuesday afternoon, grounded out in his first major league at bat in the eighth.

Tagged: Reds, Pirates, Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, Charlie Morton

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

Bautista talks Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Jose Bautista discusses Derek Jeter's career and his final appearance in the MLB...

Jeter honored to play in last All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Derek Jeter compares his first All-Star Game experience with his last, Mike Trou...

Matheny defends Wainwright: He's out there to compete Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Mike Matheny comments on the media's reaction to Adam Wainwright's joke about le...

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..