Reds Injury Update: Brayan Pena scratched with illness

Brayan Pena was scratched from the Cincinnati Reds' lineup on Thursday with an illness. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted that the catcher and first baseman would be replaced by Devin Mesoraco:#Reds lineup change: Pena scratched with an illness. Mesoraco will catch.— John Fay (@johnfayman) September 11, 2014Mesoraco ended up catching another Johnny Cueto gem as...
Via MLB Injury News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Pena scratched from lineup

Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena was scratched fro the starting lineup Thursday with an illness. The club announced the move shortly before Cincinnati played host to the Cardinals for the conclusion of a four-game series. Originally, Pena was in the lineup catching and batting sixth. Devin Mesoraco replaced him behind the plate while manager Bryan Price reshuffled the batting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals RHP John Lackey ejected in 3rd inning

CINCINNATI (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has been ejected from his start against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning. Lackey appeared to question several ball-strike calls by plate umpire Tom Hallion before a 2-1 pitch to Brayan Pena was called a ball with the score 2-all on Wednesday night. The right-hander apparently questioned that call, and Hallion - the crew...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Cincinnati Reds to play their call ups

The Cincinnati Reds 2014 season is over. While they aren’t eliminated yet, they are eliminated. Last night they lost 14-5 to the New York Mets. The team is 11 games back of first place. They are not making the playoffs. Even if the team were to win out, the odds still aren’t good that they would make the playoffs. Yet in last night’s loss, the lone position player call up that...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pena proud to continue Reds' Cuban connection

CINCINNATI -- Another in the long line of Cuban baseball defectors made his major-league debut Wednesday night. And even though Jorge Soler plays for the Chicago Cubs, Cuban native and Cincinnati Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena's smile was as wide as The Pravado in Old Havana. It is getting to the point where there are so many Cuban players that Major League Baseball should...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Brayan Pena fake out Brandon Phillips

The MLB season is long, and it has a lot of ups and downs. That means someone needs to keep things light in the clubhouse to keep things from becoming a drag, especially when a team is scuffling as the Reds have been lately. Enter Brayan Pena, who wasted little time becoming a popular presence for Cincinnati. He struck again last night as Brandon Phillips conducted a postgame interview...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds call up C Barnhart with Pena hobbled

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds called up catcher Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, giving them another option with Brayan Pena limited by a sore left hamstring. Pena left a 2-1 loss to the Marlins on Friday night after getting a single and having the hamstring tighten. Barnhart played in 12 games, including nine starts, during three stints with the Reds earlier this...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pena's iffy hamstring force Reds to recall Barnhart

CINCINNATI -- The Reds recalled catcher Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville Saturday and optioned outfielder Donald Lutz in a move manager Bryan Price said had a two-fold purpose. This will be Barnhart's fourth stint with the Reds. He has made 12 appearances with nine starts previously this season. He began the season on the Opening Day roster because of an oblique injury...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds recall Tucker Barnhart, send Donald Lutz to AAA

Earlier this afternoon the Cincinnati Reds recalled catcher Tucker Barnhart from Louisville and sent outfielder Donald Lutz down to Louisville. In the game last night backup catcher Brayan Pena left with a tight hamstring. Barnhart returns to Cincinnati as insurance for now, but perhaps more if Pena has to go to the disabled list. He’s hit well over his last 15 games, going 14...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Brayan Pena leaves with tight hamstring

Brayan Pena made it through just two innings of last night's loss to the Miami Marlins, with C Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeting that the Reds catcher and first baseman came out of the game with a tight left hamstring:#Reds Brayan Pena left the game with a tight left hamstring.— ctrent (@ctrent) August 9, 2014Shortly before, Rosencrans had tweeted that...
Via MLB Injury News
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

With just 24 runs in last 12 games, Reds offensive struggles continue

After their longest winning streak in more than two years was snapped, the Miami Marlins are looking to bounce back as they open a four-game series against the struggling and short-handed Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins, though, will face Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto on Thursday night in the first of seven matchups in 11 days between the teams. Miami (53-54) won six in a row - its longest...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds' Pena amazed by Chapman's history making ability

CINCINNATI -- When the bullpen gate swings open and Aroldis Chapman begins his trot toward the pitching mound, Great American Ball Park becomes a one-man stage and the spotlight shines directly on Chapman. The rest of the players stand in the shadows, bit players in The Aroldis Chapman Show. And the show Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks could have been entitled, '...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds eye series win

Though their lengthy skid has ended, the Cincinnati Reds still must find a way to produce at the plate. The Reds could have a rough time ending their offensive struggles Sunday against Doug Fister and the visiting Washington Nationals. Johnny Cueto allowed four hits and struck out nine in seven innings and Brayan Pena delivered a RBI single in the fifth Saturday as Cincinnati (52...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds beat Nationals 1-0, end 7-game losing streak

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto fanned nine in seven innings on Saturday, and Brayan Pena singled through a drawn-in infield for the only run, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals that ended a seven-game losing streak. Cincinnati ended its longest losing streak in five years by getting several good defensive plays and another dominating performance...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Devin Mesoraco the Reds' catcher long term?

Devin Mesoraco has risen among catchers like a rocket this season. He has certainly made a lot of fantasy players happy (including this one) with his sixteen homers in only 244 plate appearances. His .406 wOBA is outstanding and he was an All Star this season. That's pretty heady stuff. But, of course, there are two sides of catching. There is the offensive side, which Mesoraco...
Via The Flagrant Fan
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Brayan Pena enjoys multi home run night at Yankee Stadium

Your browser does not support iframes.Brayan Pena did everything he could in Cincinnati's bid to knock off New York at Yankee Stadium on Friday. And his effort included recording the first multi home run game of his major league career.Filling in at first base for the injured Joey Votto, Pena provided plenty of firepower by launching a pair of solo home runs of Yankees pitching...
Via Redlegs Review
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds rally for 6-5 win over Pirates

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brayan Pena's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds, who overcame more injuries on Friday and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 to keep their momentum going toward the All-Star break. Down 5-1 after six innings, the Reds scored twice with the help of third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throwing error in the seventh and added...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds put C Brayan Pena on paternity list

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds put catcher Brayan Pena on the paternity list before the final game of their series against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Catcher Tucker Barnhart was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. It's his third stint with the Reds this season. Pena flew to Florida to be with his wife as she gave birth. Pena is batting .256 with three homers...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon Flips The Bird After Being Caught Stealing

Dee Gordon leads all of Major League Baseball with 36 stolen bases this season. He had only been thrown out four times this year prior to last night, so it’s not surprising that he wasn’t very happy when he was thrown out by Cincinnati catcher Brayan Pena during last night’s Dodgers-Reds game. Maybe it was karma for Gordon attempting to steal with a 6-2 lead in the ninth inning...
Via Next Impulse Sports
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brayan Pena appreciates opportunity with Reds

CINCINNATI -- If Brayan Pena isn't smiling, he isn't among the living. It is impossible to catch the Cincinnati Reds catcher without smile. Try to sneak up on him. Try to peek around the corner when he isn't looking. He is still smiling. Asked if he smiled instead of crying when the doctor smack him the moment he was born he said, "I believe so." And he smiled...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Weekly tonight at 6

Coming up on this week's Reds Weekly: - He's been an outstanding offseason pickup who's been coming up big at the plate and behind it. We'll catch up with Brayan Pena. - Plus, it's a high-tech gizmo that's grabbing the attention of TV viewers. What is FOX Vision? We'll take you on a behind the scenes look. - And, it might be the catch of the year at Great...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds catchers on season-long hot streak

CINCINNATI -- There was a hole in the Reds lineup last season when it came to the catching position. Defensively Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco were fine but offensively their place in the batting order was a trouble spot the entire season. This season has been a different story. Whoever has been putting on the catching gear has produced behind the plate and with the bat in their...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers allow three home runs in 8-3 loss to Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brayan Pena's second career pinch-homer started Cincinnati's big eighth-inning rally and swept the Reds over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Thursday night. The Reds hit three homers in all as they pulled within 6 games of the NL Central leaders. Tucker Barnhart led off the fifth with his first career homer. Todd Frazier added a two-run drive in the sixth off...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Homer Bailey goes eight strong in Reds 8-3 win

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brayan Pena's second career pinch-homer started Cincinnati's big eighth-inning rally and swept the Reds to over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Thursday night. The Reds hit three homers in all as they pulled within 6 games of the NL Central leaders. Tucker Barnhart led off the fifth with his first career homer. Todd Frazier added a two-run drive in the sixth...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Chemistry between Cueto, Pena makes for effective pairing

CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto is attuned to the problems he faces as The Main Guy, the horse of the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff. Because he is No. 1, he realizes he is, more often than not, going to face the other team's No. 1 pitcher. And that means low-scoring games with his team struggling to scrape together hits as much as the other team tries to extract hits from Cueto....
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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