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
1 day ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  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
4 days ago  |  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
8 days ago  |  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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

All hands on deck as Reds rally past Pirates

CINCINNATI -- Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Reds through the first six innings against Pittsburgh Friday night. Starting pitcher Mat Latos had left the game with lower back spasms, adding to the team's injury woes, and the Pirates had a 5-1 lead after scoring a run off of reliever Carlos Contreras. Until this past Tuesday night against Chicago the Reds hadn...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Interest in Votto's status remains intense

CINCINNATI -- It didn't take Sherlock Holmes with a magnifying glass saying, "Elementary, my dear Watson," to know that something was up Sunday morning in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse. Some of the clues indicated that perhaps Joey Votto was going on the disabled list, but that was not the case. Votto was given Sunday off but he was not placed on the disabled list....
Via Fox Sports Ohio
24 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  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

Runs at a premium in Cincinnati

A single swing of the bat was the difference in the San Diego Padres' series-opening win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Given the scheduled pitchers for Wednesday night's contest, the margin for error may be that thin yet again. Johnny Cueto looks to continue his strong pitching against the Padres and Ian Kennedy, who comes off his best outing of the year. Mike Leake...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 14, 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

Homer and homers put Reds over Brewers 8-3

The key to victory for the Reds Thursday night: Homer and homers. Homer Bailey pitched eight solid innings and Tucker Barnhart, Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena hit home runs to lift the Reds (13-15) to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers before a crowd of 16,779 at Great American Ball Park. Bailey (2-2) went eight innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He walked one and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 02, 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 bullpen finally falters late in loss to Reds

Eventually the Milwaukee Brewers were going to have a night in which the bullpen gave up runs late. It happened in the eighth inning Thursday night. Jim Henderson allowed a two-run, pinch-hit home run to Brayan Pena that broke a 3-3 tie, while Rob Wooten let two inherited runners score as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away for an 8-3 victory at Great American Ballpark. "They are...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
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

WATCH: B.J. Upton loses fly ball in the sun

Your browser does not support iframes.Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton lost a fly ball after being blinded by the sun during the second inning of Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Reds batter Brayan Pena was credited with a double after his fly ball popped out of Upton's glove as it came down. Upton was wearing glasses, but not sunglasses.The misplay by Upton did...
Via Holdout Sports
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s Watch Brayan Pena Try to Beat the Shift

An important point to remember is that defensive shifting isn’t new. As much attention as the shift gets these days from broadcasts and other media, teams have been moving their defenders around for decades. What’s changed are two things: shifts now are a little more individualized, and shifts now are a hell of a lot […]
Via Fangraphs
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Was Brayan Pena safe or out?

Your browser does not support iframes.In case you missed it, the Reds fell victim to the new replay system Tuesday night when they had a call overturned against their favor.The play in question came in the top of the seventh when Brayan Pena slashed a ball into right field and tried to leg out a double. The ruling on the field was that Pena did in fact slide in safely. However, upon...
Via Redlegs Review
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: Reds, Royals relieved at Chapman's condition, prognosis

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds catcher Brayan Pena walked into the hospital room, put his hand on Aroldis Chapman's shoulder and spoke to him in Spanish. "I'm Brayan Pena," he said. This was early Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after Chapman was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of the Royals' Salvador Perez during a Cactus League game. Pena said...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds owner blames media for under performing season ticket sales

Reds owner Bob Castellini is not happy with the way the media has portrayed his team this offseason. Namely, as it pertains to Cincinnati's relatively quiet offseason.Over the winter, Cincinnati lost Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo to free agency, signed Skip Schumaker and Brayan Pena, traded Ryan Hanigan for pitching prospect David Holmberg, and signed Homer Bailey to a long...
Via Redlegs Review
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Santiago, Pena lead Reds to win over Rockies

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Ramon Santiago singled home a run, stole second and scored on a wild pitch as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Saturday. Brayan Pena doubled and scored on Santiago's single. Neftali Soto doubled home a run. Pena and Satiago both played in Detroit last season. Nelson Arenado had three singles and an RBI. Former Reds infielder Paul Janish...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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