Frazier’s grand slam lifts Reds over Tigers in extra innings

The Detroit Tigers won’t have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. A makeup date wasn’t immediately scheduled.


The teams met in interleague play each of the previous three days. What they got instead was a six-hour marathon eventually resulting in the Tigers dropping to 34-32.

As of Wednesday, when the Reds hosted the Tigers in the continuation of a four-game series that started with two games in Detroit, Frazier seems to have a lock on his second straight All-Star selection. Their offense has been spotty, a different player seems to go on the disabled list every day and the bullpen has been flat out embarrassing at times. After being shut out by Anibal Sanchez on Monday, Cincinnati only managed one hit in the first four innings against Ryan. He’s been sidelined since May 19 with a swollen left knee….

Three relievers finished, with Aroldis Chapman striking out the side in the ninth – getting James McCann to end the game on a 103-mph fastball – for his 14th save. “He’s really taken it upon himself to be a guy who’s delivering consistently in the middle of our order”. He will be opposed by Tigers right hander Justin Verlander.

A squeeze bunt from Eugenio Suarez with runners on the corners brought home the Reds’ initial run in the home second, then Frazier’s blast to right center made it 2-0 in the fourth.

The Tigers challenged the call, but it stood after a delay of 3:38.

Tigers: Alex Avila will catch in the bullpen Friday to test his sore left knee.

LF Marlon Byrd will begin his rehab assignment with the team’s Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday. He allowed three runs and eight hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in 61/3 innings.

Reds: Rookie RHP Jon Moscot will have surgery on his dislocated left shoulder. He’s expected to be fully recovered by spring training.

Right-hander Mike Leake faces the Indians for the first time in his career tonight and has gone 3-4 this season with a 4.35 ERA. Hand appeared in the 15 games with the Bats, including seven starts, and had a 1-3 record and 4.50 ERA.




Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander who mastered the NY lineup as the Tigers defeated the Yankees 7-2 on Monday