Todd Frazier's Walk-off Home Run Leads Reds to MLB-Leading 5th Straight Win

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIMay 24, 2012

Todd Frazier celebrating his walk-off home run
Todd Frazier celebrating his walk-off home runAndy Lyons/Getty Images

Third baseman Todd Frazier clubbed a solo, walk-off home run last night to extend the Cincinnati Reds' MLB-leading win streak to five.

They have knocked the Atlanta Braves out of first place in the NL East by beating them three straight nights.

In another pitcher’s duel, this time between Tommy Hanson and Bronson Arroyo, the Reds came up winners, 2-1.

The win, albeit ever so sweet, didn’t allow the Reds to take over the top spot as the St. Louis Cardinals won their third straight, leaving the Reds looking up from a half-game back.

Newly-appointed closer Aroldis Chapman (4-0) picked up the win with a burning performance in the ninth inning. He still hasn’t given up an earned run this season and has now struck out 43 in only 24 plus innings. His WHIP is an unbelievable 0.575.

After posting a 2-for-4 night at the plate, Chris Heisey is batting an incredible .429 going 15-for-35 at the plate in his last 10 games. His season average has now risen to a respectable .267.

It was his fifth multi-hit game in that span. His play has sparked the entire team, as they are 7-3 in that stretch.

On the darker side of life, Jay Bruce continued his horrendous slump in the month of May. In a complete turnabout of the 2011 season, Bruce is batting just .258 for the season.

In his last eight games he is hitting, wait for it, .040/.138/.040 with no homers and just two batted in. In that span, he has struck out 14 times in 29 plate appearances and drew only two walks. During May, he is batting .216 with three homers and just 11 knocked in.

Arroyo turned in his fifth quality start in nine trips to the hill. He pitched a three-hit, one-run baseball game before giving way to Jose Arredondo with two outs in the seventh. 

In the games he has started, the Reds have a 6-3 record.

Catcher Ryan Hanigan continued his hot hitting bringing his team-high average to .322. His OBP of .392 and the fact that he is the best hit-and-run contact hitter on the squad would seem to be a perfect fit for the two hole in the batting order.

The Reds will look for a four-game sweep of the Braves on Thursday night when they send Homer Bailey (2-3) to the mound against Randall Delgado (2-4).