Simon bounces back
Coming off a lousy three-inning start vs. the Rockies last Saturday, Alfredo Simon had much better stuff in his 3-0 win over the Phillies on Friday.
Not only better stuff, but varied stuff. He worked 7 2/3 innings and allowed five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts to improve to 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA in eight starts.
“He dropped down a little bit more to that semi-sidearm delivery, threw some fastballs and breaking balls actually with very good quality,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. He doesn’t do it often but sometimes he’ll drop down with that sidearm breaking ball. Today it was the full mix – fastball, breaking ball from down there and almost an eephus like split-fingered changeup that he backed off and got it down under 70 mph and that was completely new to me.”
One of the 70 mph pitches was thrown to Domonic Brown in the fourth inning. Brown grounded weakly back to Simon.
“I just tried to have fun,” Simon said. “I knew the guy had two strikes and I just tried to throw it in the dirt.”
Other items of note:
*Devin Mesoraco, who came off the DL and hit the game-winning three-run homer in the first inning, has hit safely in 13 of his 14 games this season. He is batting .460/509/820 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
*Todd Frazier’s career-high hitting streak ended at 14 games with a 0-for-4 night.
*A 10-game errorless streak ended tonight for the Reds’ defense. Billy Hamilton flubbed a two-out single by Cody Asche in the ninth that gave him an extra base. Coming in, the team’s 12 errors were lowest in the Majors.