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Barry M. Bloom

Frazier sits amid slump; Votto has streak end

Reds first baseman had reached base at least twice in 15 straight games

Frazier sits amid slump; Votto has streak end

PHOENIX -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier found himself on the bench Sunday in lieu of Ivan De Jesus Jr. for the finale of a three-game series against the D-backs at Chase Field.

Frazier's struggles at the plate continued in the first two games of the series. He went 1-for-8 with a single and four strikeouts. In the last 11 games, he's hitting .111 (5-for-45) with no homers, one double and one RBI.

"if it does anything for him [mentally], terrific," Reds manager Bryan Price said prior to the game. "He's a little out of character right now swinging at pitches that aren't really good pitches to hit early in the at-bat. That would suggest that he's pressing. There's nobody here who wants to be accountable for what he does more than Todd.

"He plays a big role in our offense and every now and again he just tries to do too much."

At the same time, first baseman Joey Votto remains on a post-All Star break tear. His 0-for-4 without a walk in Saturday night's 4-1 Reds win snapped a franchise record 15 games in row in which Votto was on base at least twice.

Since the All-Star break, Votto has led the Majors in walks and and on-base percentage. He also leads the National League in batting average, slugging percentage and hits since the All-Star break. At the break, he was batting .277 and went into action on Sunday hitting .306.

Price attributed Votto's success to his health and command of the strike zone.

"In 2012 he played every game, all 163 including the Wild Card Game," Price said. "In 2013 he was banged up. In 2014 he missed 100 games. Health [is number one]. There are a lot of different opinions on what he should mean to the Reds as far as his productivity is concerned. He means a lot to us a lot of different ways.

"It's not the streak having been broken that was impressive to me, but the fact that he was on base two or three times a game for such a long period of time. It was quite a run and I think that will continue. He just doesn't stretch his [strike] zone a lot."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.