CINCINNATI -- Lost in the shuffle during a lackluster 4-2 Reds defeat against the Phillies on Monday afternoon was some fine defensive work by two rookies.
In the second inning, shortstop Zack Cozart adroitly snared a low-flying laser on the short hop from Domonic Brown for a groundout. In the third inning, first baseman Todd Frazier made a diving stop on a grounder to his right. After the ball briefly got away, he managed to flip it to pitcher Johnny Cueto covering the bag to rob speedy Juan Pierre of a hit.
"Cozy is 'steady Eddie.' Frazier is working," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That was a problem in the Minor Leagues. He didn't really have one position. His strength was the fact he could play a lot of positions. You like a young player to eventually settle on one position. That's what's going to make him better."