Homestand opens with loss
Three Stars from a 7-4 Reds loss to the Braves:
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No. 3 star: Alfredo Simon: 2 ip, 6 K — Simon struck out all six batters faced. One of the K’s was No. 11 of the night, which provided the loudest ovation on what felt like a blah night. Fans once again were guaranteed free pizza. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Simon’s six consecutive strikeouts are the most by a Reds pitcher since RAaron Harang struck out seven straight in a relief appearance on 5/25/08 at San Diego (you remember that game I’m sure).
No. 2 star: Paul Maholm, ATL — 5 2/3 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K — Maholm retired his first seven batters in a row until a Derrick Robinson single in the bottom of the third. The Reds didn’t get to Maholm until the two-run fourth inning.
“He did whatever he wanted to do tonight,” Braves catcher Brian McCann said. “He had both sides of the plate working, slowed it down with the curveball, pounded them in with the cutter. When he’s got both sides of the plate working, he’s going to win a lot of ball games.”
No. 1 star: Andrelton Simmons, ATL — 3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs — Simmon took Bronson Arroyo deep for a leadoff homer in the second inning, hit a RBI single in the fourth inning and hit a two-run shot off Logan Ondrusek that made for good insurance in the eighth. It was his first multi-homer game and the four RBIs were a career high.
*Reds pitchers struck out 15 batters in the game, the staff’s third time they’ve reached that number this season.
*Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch for the MLB leading 11th time in the fifth.