Making late push, Frazier pads ASG resume
Closing in on lead, Reds 3B eager to represent Cincy; voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET
CINCINNATI -- With only a few days remaining in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting, Todd Frazier added more reasoning Monday for why he deserves to be the National League's starting third baseman.
Frazier helped lead the Reds to an 11-7 victory over the Twins, with a bases-loaded RBI single in the first inning to beef up his All-Star resume. The single was Frazier's only hit in five at-bats, but it extended his hitting streak to eight games with eight RBIs during the stretch.
"For some reason in the first inning, I've been hitting pretty well. I'm trying to attack early, get a pitch I can hit," said Frazier, who has 19 first-inning RBIs. "I've just been doing well. I guess I just don't want to get a hit anymore, but I will take it any day."
Frazier is hitting .289 with 25 home runs and 54 RBIs on the season. He has made a recent strong push in the fan voting after trailing by more than 2.5 million votes on June 16. Frazier is now only 62,980 votes behind leader Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals. For a second straight week Frazier made up ground on Carpenter, picking up nearly 2 million more votes since Tuesday to remain in second place behind Carpenter with 6,189,347 votes. Carpenter has 6,252,327 votes.
"Pretty cool, just found out a couple of seconds ago, exciting," Frazier said of the late push. "Still got a couple of days left and to see the fans going out there and voting, very proud, very proud to be from Cincinnati. All the fans out there I appreciate it, let's keep on doing it."
The late surge by Frazier could be credited to a number of different efforts the Reds are doing to urge fans to vote. The Reds have conducted giveaways for fans who vote the maximum 35 times and on Monday held a #VoteReds Lunch at Great American Ball Park.
"I want to be the starter, I want to be that guy," Frazier said. "I want to be the guy who represents Cincinnati and runs out onto the field at third base, see the fans all pumped up."
Reds manager Bryan Price believes Frazier deserves to be the starter at third base.
"We want him to start because he deserves it not because he's from Cincinnati," Price said before Monday's game against the Twins. "That to me is how the All-Star Game is supposed to be, you're supposed to earn your way onto the team and now where we get to, you can have one person have 35 votes, I don't understand really the rationale behind that. I just think the best player should be represented with a spot."
The latest push by the Reds' organization has not only benefited Frazier, but a number of other Redlegs as well. First baseman Joey Votto remained in third place with 3,566,216 votes, but now trails second-place vote-getter Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers by only 122,712 votes. However, both are still far behind Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs with 7,341,683 votes.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips moved up one spot to third place with 3,040,165 votes. He trails Kolten Wong of the Cardinals at 4,730,848 and Dee Gordon of the Marlins at 6,316,113.
Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton both made up ground in the outfielders' race, coming in at ninth and 10th place. Bruce is at 2,397,019 votes and Hamilton is at 2,250,693, and will need to reach at least third place to guarantee a starting spot. Matt Holliday of the Cardinals is in third with 5,454,953 votes.
Zack Cozart remains in the top five for NL shortstops with 2,128,730 votes, despite experiencing a season-ending knee injury June 10. Jhonny Peralta of the Cardinals leads all NL shortstops with 7,151,624 votes.
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