Red-hot Farmer ‘making most’ of opportunity

NEW YORK — Had Joey Votto not embarked on a seven-game streak with a home run that just ended on Saturday, Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer might instead be the talk of the town.

Farmer has been one of baseball’s best hitters since the All-Star break. He entered Sunday with a career-high nine-game hitting streak that includes six multihit games. Over his last 15 games, he was batting .456 (26-for-57) with three home runs and six doubles.

“Everyone is enjoying it. He deserves every bit of the success that he has,” Reds manager David Bell said on Sunday morning. “He’s just a big part of our clubhouse [and] our team, playing in the middle of the field, making all the plays. He works so hard at his hitting. To see him have this kind of success is no surprise. He can play; he’s just a really good player. He’s finally getting an opportunity to play every day and he’s making the most of it. There’s no question about it.”

During Saturday’s 5-4 10-inning loss, Farmer was 3-for-5 and his two-out solo homer to left field in the fifth inning gave Cincinnati a three-run lead.

“It’s been good. I’ve had a lot of fun with it. I’ve been thankful to watch Joey doing it, too. Having him be as hot as he is, it kind of rubs off on me and some of the players on our team,” Farmer said on the field Sunday…

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