Simon overcomes walks for win
The Alfredo Simon line on Wednesday wasn’t as pretty as his previous three but he still earned the 5-2 win the Reds notched over the Pirates.
Simon overcame three two-out walks in the first inning, including one with the bases loaded, and still had 6 2/3 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. Entering the night, he had four walks in three games.
Through four starts, Simon is 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA.
Not bad considering he was moved to the rotation in Spring Training to be a stopgap until Mat Latos could return.
“He’s been terrific,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He’s been our extremely versatile pitcher here over the last two-plus seasons for us. I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s always been a talented guy but he’s found himself and making himself a pretty good looking starting pitcher.”
Simon said the chilly weather made it tough for him in the first inning, when he threw 29 pitches. But he figured it out and had a nice evening overall.
“I have good stuff,” Simon said. “Every time I go out there, I try to do my best. I was a starter before. I just feel really good right now pitching every five days. I feel comfortable.”
“He’s done a great job, he really has,” said Jay Bruce, who had a 2-for-4 game with a double, two steals and a run scored. “He’s one of those guys who is ready for any role. He has no fear. He’s going to go in and throw strikes and there is going to be action. You couldn’t ask for a better performance so far out of him as far as holding that spot until Mat gets back.”
More on the game, including how aggressive running carried the night, on MLB.com and Reds.com.