Simon stepping up
I will have full details on another one-run loss for the Reds on MLB.com/Reds.com. Today’s score was a 1-0 final.
The offense is doing nothing and the rotation has deserved better for sure. Alfredo Simon was the latest pitcher to come up with a strong start and not be rewarded.
Simon’s eight innings pitched tied a career high. He allowed one run and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. James Loney’s second inning leadoff homer on a 0-1 hanging split-fingered fastball was the difference.
Through 15 innings of work, Simon has allowed two earned runs. If Mat Latos is out for a while, he is showing he wants to step up.
“I just feel more comfortable when I’m pitching every five days,” Simon said. “I just try to work hard those days to come back strong. I feel really comfortable being a starter. That’s what I prefer.”
“This is an opportunity that he is seizing,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I think he sees himself as a starter or a primary setup man or closer. He’s certainly showed us his value to the organization as a starter. Not having Latos ready right now, he’s been a huge shot in the arm and given us a chance to win a couple of games in his first two starts.”
*3B coach Steve Smith was accountable for waving Joey Votto around to score on Brandon Phillips’ fourth-inning single with no outs. Votto was easily thrown by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.
“I can’t get a guy thrown out with no outs and I understand that,” Smith said. “I tried to be too aggressive at the wrong time. I got burned.”
*Zack Cozart notched his first extra-base hit of the season with a one-out double down the left field line in the third inning.
*Todd Frazier snapped a 0-for-13 skid with a seventh-inning single to right field.
*LHP Manny Parra retired the side in order during the ninth inning and had two strikeouts. He has not allowed a run in six appearances over 6 2/3 innings this season.
*In four of the five games at GABP this season, the Reds have been held scoreless through the first eight innings.