Cueto a runner-up in NL Final Vote

Cueto a runner-up in NL Final Vote

MIAMI -- Ace Johnny Cueto will not get to represent the host Reds in the Midsummer Classic with teammates Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman. Cueto could not hold back a last-day surge by the Cardinals' Carlos Martinez, finishing second among National League players in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.

"I don't have anything specific to say; it just did not come out how I wanted," Cueto said after the Reds' 1-0 win over the Marlins on Friday night. "But all I have to say is that I want to thank everybody who voted and tried to get me to the All-Star Game."

Since Final Vote candidates were announced on Monday, Cueto led on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Ultimately, Martinez went from third to first and claimed 14.1 million votes overall.

"I was thinking ... it has to be [Clayton Kershaw], then [Troy Tulowitzki] and then maybe me behind them," Cueto said. "But Martinez got me by surprise, so you never know what's gonna happen."

Cueto did top Martinez in final day Twitter voting. In the end, the top two leading Twitter votegetters were in the American League, with AL winner Mike Moustakas (#VoteMoose) of the Royals and the Twins' Brian Dozier (#VoteDozier), followed by Cueto (#Vote Cueto) and Martinez (#VoteTsunami).

In 16 starts this season, Cueto is 6-5 with a 2.61 ERA. During Tuesday's 5-0 Reds win over Washington, he dealt a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts.

Manager Bryan Price said he was disappointed his ace will not get the chance to represent the Reds.

"I see how hard Johnny works, how efficient he is and how he can dominate a game," Price said. "I see that he's a true ace -- not just an ace for the Reds -- but he's a true ace in the Major Leagues. So we would have loved for him to represent us in Cincinnati, because he's a great performer and great talent."

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.