Reds third baseman Todd Frazier created a Twitter account April 2 and had more than 14,000 followers five days later. FlavaFraz21, as he’s known on Twitter, is just as hot at the plate as he is on the Internet.
Frazier was hitting .500 until his final at-bat Sunday when he flew out to the base of the wall in left. That left him at .480 through six games. He leads the team with nine RBIs and is tied with center fielder Shin-Soo Choo with three home runs.
Frazier is the only Red to hit safely in all six games. He was 1-for-3 with two walks Sunday in a 6-3 victory over the Nationals at Great American Ball Park.
“I’ve always been confident,” Frazier said. “I’m very happy with what’s going on right now with my swing. I think I’m where I need to be. I just need to keep making slight adjustments to keep me being the hitter I need to be.”
Frazier couldn’t explain exactly why he’s performing so well.
“I’m just swinging, seeing the ball, hitting it and going up there with all the confidence in the world,” he said.
Strong defense: Joey Votto took groundball after groundball at first base during batting practice before Sunday’s game. The Reds never stop working on defense, and that’s why they have committed only two errors all season and none in the last four games and 39 innings.
“We expect that,” right fielder Jay Bruce said. “We really do. We’re one of the best defensive teams in the league every single year. We take a lot of pride in it. You can always play defense. Hitting’s going to slump. Pitching is going to be off sometimes. But defense is something you can practice and continue to get better at every single day.”
Getting on base: Center fielder Choo, who the Reds acquired because he was such an upgrade over Drew Stubbs in terms of being able to get on base, is hitting .375 with an on-base percentage of .516.
Marshall returns: Reliever Sean Marshall, who didn’t pitch in the first five games because of shoulder fatigue, looked strong in his debut Sunday. He set the Nationals down in order with a strikeout in the seventh inning.
Great catch: Reds reliever Sam LeCure gave up a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the seventh inning Saturday, and a fan holding a baby in one arm caught the ball with his empty hand in the stands in center.
The fan’s catch made SportsCenter, and in the clubhouse before Sunday’s game, LeCure lamented the fact that he had to watch it over and over again. He also joked about it on Twitter.
“And a HUGE thanks to the guy with the baby who caught that tater I gave up to get me all over SportsCenter,” LeCure wrote. “Much appreciated! #not”
On the road: The Reds will play the fifth of eight games in eight days at 4:15 p.m. today at St. Louis. It’s the first game of a six-game road trip that ends with three games in Pittsburgh.
The Reds have won only three of the last 27 series they’ve played in St. Louis. They split two of those series and lost the other 22.
“Putting emphasis on which team you’re playing is a little overrated at this point and any time really,” Bruce said. “If we play our style of baseball and execute, we’re going to be fine.”