CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 9: Athletic trainer Steve Baumann of the Cincinnati Reds attends to Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds and Manager Bryan Price #38 of the Cincinnati Reds watches after Phillips injured his thumb diving for a ball in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on July 9, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Chicago 4-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Final: Reds 4 Cubs 1 Boxscore
B2: Santiago RBI 2B, 1-0 Reds
T3: Anthony Rizzo HR, 1-1
B5: Hamilton RBI 3B, 2-1 Reds
B5: Phillips RBI 1B, 3-1 Reds
B5: Bruce RBI 1B, 4-1 Reds
*Season high 7 games over .500 (49-42).....from 6 under to 7 over .500.
*Reds go for their first 5 game sweep since 1976......last time they swept a 5 game series from Cubs was 1931 at Redlands Field.
*Yankees at Boston, 2006, last 5 game sweep in MLB.
*Brewers lose for 8th time in 9 games...Reds within 2.5 games, closest they have been since April 7.
*Alfredo Simon ties NYY Masahiro Tanaka for the ML lead in wins with his 12th. Say that out loud.
*Memo to Mike Matheny…your All-Star addition just walked off mound at GABP. Next mound he should walk onto is Target Field on Tuesday.
*26th time Reds pitching has allowed 1 run or fewer.
*Another night of scoring first and adding on big inning later.
*Brandon Phillips injured his wrist diving for a grounder in 8th...left the game. Video.
Phillips sprained left thumb: X-ray's negative.
*Hamilton left game tight left hamstring. Video.
*I'd find it hard to believe Hamilton or Phillips would play Thursday. I also would find it hard to believe the Reds would play today with 13 pitchers and 2 bench players.
*Skip Schumaker 462 ML games 2B/420 starts….Ramon Santiago 326 ML games/217 starts.
*Santiago has clearly been motivated by the challenges from a Flat Head and cardboard cut out. He has 5 hits in his last three games and has a double in two straight games...
*Cozart extends hit streak to 6 games.
*Billy and a triple has to be one of most exciting things to watch in sports....thought he had an insider-the-parker. He has triples in three of last four games.
*Billy entered night on pace for 52 extra base hits and 66 RBI.
*3 BB this week for Billy. Has walked just 16 times on year.
*13th CS for Hamilton.....37 of 50 (74%)....ML average 73%.
*Defense: excellent plays by Cozart and Pena.
*Bruce RBI 5 straight games.
*How sweet is Rizzo's swing?
*Pena's 8 pitch AB ended in a line out to end 4th, but helped push Beeler pitch count to 74.
*Good seeing Tom Gamble and St X coach Steve Specht.
Simon: 6.2 IN, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 119 pitches/72 strikes…ERA at 2.70
Simon innings 1-4 this year: 27 ER/70.2 IN (3.46)
Simon innings 5-8 this year: 8 ER/44.1 IN (1.63) (into 6th)
*112 pitches April 23 vs Pirates was season high for Simon. Threw 119 Wednesday.
*Simon tied season high with 8 K (May 16 at Philly)
*Simon one off career high 9 K on September 13, 2011.
*Reds move to 15-3 in Simon’s starts. I’ll ask it again, where would they be/who would have taken 18 starts w/o him?
*Reds 15-3 in Simon's starts.
*From Jeff: Reds Record when Alfredo Simon starts and when he doesn't:
With Simon: 15-3 .833 winning pct.
Without: 34-39 .466 winning pct.
Manny Parra, 7th: K with a man on.
Jonathan Broxton, 8th: H, K, ERA 0.60....no runs in 29 of 31 appearances.
Aroldis Chapman, 9th: Save 19. Chapman has at least 1 strikeout in 38 straight games, 2nd longest K streak in history by RP (Bruce Sutter, 39g, 1977).
*BP left clubhouse without talking, with brace on left hand/thumb, holding drink in that hand.
*Billy said it's his hammy. Felt on slide, then triple and on last AB. Bugged since spring training. Will get treatment. See how feels.
*Bryan Price said they will assess situation about adding player for Thursday. Good thing is Louisville's close and they are at home
*Price spoke of Simon's impact, comparing his numbers vs a typical #5 starter that might typically go 8-13 with a 4.70 ERA.
Got Billy Hamilton at 10.5 to third on his triple tonight. Kinda bummed he didn't get to go for the inside the parker— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) July 10, 2014
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 9: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds third base for a triple in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs and drive in a run at Great American Ball Park on July 9, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Chicago 4-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Continuing to do it with D