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Johnny Cueto picked up win No. 20 Sunday, spinning eight frames of one-run ball in a 4-1 victory over the Pirates.

He recorded seven strikeouts, putting himself in a tie with Stephen Strasburg with 242 punchouts. Cueto entered the year with a career high of 170 strikeouts. The right-hander did it all Sunday, as he delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth in addition to his eight superb frames. He finishes the season with a 2.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. By beating the Pirates Sunday, Cueto and the Reds made St. Louis the NL Central champs and pushed Pittsburgh to the Wild Card.
Sep 28 - 5:15 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in a scoreless inning to nail down his 36th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

He yielded a bloop single to Starling Marte to lead off the inning but then disposes of the next three hitters via the strikeout. Chapman finishes the season with an even 2.00 ERA and a mind-blowing 106 strikeouts across 54 innings. He also became the first pitcher ever since PITCHf/x was installed in all 30 parks in 2008 to average 100 mph with his fastball.
Sep 28 - 5:10 PM

Kristopher Negron went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

Johnny Cueto's RBI single in the eighth put the Reds on top, and Negron provided a cushion with his two-run blast. The 28-year-old wound up playing regularly for the Reds down the stretch and ended up with a solid .271/.331/.479 batting line. He could have earned a utility job for next season.
Sep 28 - 5:02 PM

Dylan Axelrod struck out one in a scoreless inning in his return to action Saturday.

It had been thought that he was done for the season due to a strained oblique, but Axelrod was obviously feeling good enough to make one final appearance. He ended up earning the victory following a scoreless top of the 10th inning versus the Reds after Ramon Santiago slugged a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the frame.
Sep 28 - 4:54 AM

Ramon Santiago dealt a huge blow to the Pirates chances of winning the National League Central division crown on Saturday, belting a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Reds an improbable 10-6 victory.

The Reds loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks against John Axford in the 10th inning, but he retired Brayan Pena before the stage was set for Santiago's dramatics. He deposited the second pitch he saw deep into the left field seats to deliver the Reds the victory and ensure they don't finish the season with the worst record in their division.
Sep 27 - 5:26 PM

Todd Frazier had a monster day at the plate in a come-from-behind victory over the Pirates on Saturday, blasting his 29th home run and scoring four times.

Frazier finished the afternoon 1-for-2 plus three walks, and he drove home a pair of runs. He has been one of the top all-around fantasy performers this season, slashing .274/.337/.461 with 29 long balls, 79 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Sep 27 - 5:23 PM

Alfredo Simon surrendered four runs on five hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Saturday.

Simon struck out four and walked two in the ballgame. He was staked to an early 3-0 lead, but was unable to keep the Pirates offense at bay. Pressed into emergency rotation duty at the beginning of the season, Simon developed into one of the most consistent and reliable starters the Reds had over the course of the season. He finishes his 2014 campaign with a 15-10 record, 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 127/56 K/BB ratio in 196 1/3 innings.
Sep 27 - 5:20 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Billy Hamilton (concussion) is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Hamilton suffered a minor concussion on Wednesday, and though he has improved in recent days it appears as though the team will take the cautious approach and hold him out for the remainder. He finishes his rookie campaign by hitting .250/.292/.355 with six homers, 48 RBI and 56 stolen bases. On the downside however, he did post a 117/34 K/BB ratio and was caught stealing a league-leading 23 times. While the future still looks bright for the 24-year-old speedster, unless he can learn to work the count and get on base more consistently, he may not be long for the top of the Reds lineup.
Sep 27 - 1:14 PM

Devin Mesoraco is back in the Reds' lineup Saturday.

Mesoraco missed the last two contests with some minor intercostal soreness, but he's fine. The Reds' backstop is batting .276/.360/.541 with 25 homers and 78 RBI this season.
Sep 27 - 11:35 AM

Kristopher Negron went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, accounting for the Reds' only run in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

Though hitting for average and getting on-base haven't exactly been his forte, Negron has put together a solid showing with the Reds for much of the second half. After Friday's effort, he's batting .250/.311/.441 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 149 plate appearances.
Sep 26 - 10:12 PM

Mike Leake got a no-decision in Friday's loss to the Pirates, giving up just one run in seven innings.

Leake suffered through a tough September but ends his season on a high note. The right-hander scattered three hits (one was a solo home run to Gaby Sanchez) and two walks while striking out eight. Leake put together another solid season, ending 2014 with an 11-13 record, 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 164/50 K/BB ratio. The bump in his strikeout rate makes him an intriguing mixed league option next year.
Sep 26 - 10:06 PM

The Reds have signed general manager Walt Jocketty to a long-term extension.

The terms of the contract haven't been revealed, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer says it's a two-year deal. After making the postseason three out of the previous four years, the Reds have stumbled to a 74-85 record this season amid many injuries. Jocketty didn't say Friday whether the entire coaching staff would be retained, but manager Bryan Price is expected to keep his job.
Sep 26 - 5:52 PM

Devin Mesoraco is not in the Reds' lineup Friday for the second straight game.

The Reds haven't said that Mesoraco is dealing with any kind of injury, so it appears they're just giving him an extended break. Tucker Barnhart is catching Mike Leake. Todd Frazier is also getting a breather, with Bryan Pena handling first base and Kristopher Negron covering third.

Billy Hamilton (concussion) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

Hamilton's status for the final weekend of the season is up in the air after he suffered what was termed a "mild" concussion on Wednesday. Chris Heisey is taking Hamilton's spot in center field.
Sep 26 - 12:10 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said after Thursday's game that Billy Hamilton (concussion) has yet to go through the battery of tests required to be cleared to return.

Hamilton sat out Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a concussion and said he felt "the same." The Reds will play him if he passes concussion tests, but his status for the final three games is up in the air. "I think they want him to feel better before they do all the concussion tests, I think they've done certain things, but he's going to have to pass some tests before he's cleared to play," Price said. "It's going to be day-to-day until I hear otherwise. We're going to want him to play at 100 percent in regards to any concussion symptoms."
Sep 26 - 9:54 AM

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