CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 12: Alfredo Simon #31 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Final: Reds 4 Dodgers 1 Boxscore
Alfredo Simon fired 8 innings of 1 run baseball to pick up his 9th win of year (9-3) and drop his ERA to 2.95. The Reds answered the Dodgers first inning run vs Simon with 2 runs of their own vs Zack Greinke. The Reds took that 2-1 lead to 8th when they added 2 huge runs to make it 4-1. Aroldis Chapman got in a 9th inning jam, but eventually slammed the door with his 10th save.
*Big swing game: Homestand record of 5-5 instead of 4-6.
*Reds now 31-34....7.5 back of Brewers.
*Reds 27-0 when leading after 6th inning.
*Reds 12-17 vs teams .500 or better.
T1: Matt Kemp, 2-out RBI 1B, 1-0 Dodgers
B1: Todd Frazier, 2-run HR, #14, 2-1 Reds
B8: Zack Cozart 1B, scored on Brandon League wild pitch, 3-1 Reds.
B8: Ryan Ludwick PH for Phillips in 8th and lined RBI 1B, 4-1 Reds.
BP appeared shaken up on DP turn in 8th.
*Figured to be pitcher's duel, and it delivered.
*Alfredo Simon was dealing: 8 IN, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 104 pitches/68 strikes.
*Rough start for Simon: 3 H, 1 R in first inning. He settled in, retired 11 in a row before hitting Justin Turner in 6th.
*Simon 43 pitches in first two innings, then 9 pitch 3rd inning.
*Simon's win ties him with Adam Wainright for most NL.
*Simon's previous 3 starts: 16 IN, 19 H, 11 ER, 6.19 ERA.
*Rough early start Zack Greinke: 1B, HR, 2B, 2 runs, before anyone was out.
*Greinke settled in after 1st. Pitches/inning: 20, 12, 10, 9, 8, 13.
*Dodgers entered day 30-11 in Greinke starts.
*B1: Down 1-0, Reds struck for 2 runs in first, before Greinke recorded an out.
*B1: Reds should of had more early: B1, 2 runs in, 0 outs, Votto on 2nd, Phillips called safe on bang-bang play on ball hit to right side. LA challenged, reversed: Out.
Jay Bruce then grounded to 2B, could not get run in, Devin Mesoraco then K.
*T6: Reds got big strikeout/throwout to end 6th: Simon K Gonzalez/Mesoraco gunned down Puig.
*T7: Major trouble escaped by Simon: 1st/3rd 0 outs. Got FO, 5-2-5 FC Frazier/ Mez for out at plate of Kemp, K of Van Slyke.
*Reds SP last 2 games: 14 IN, 10 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 17 K.
*Dodgers scored 1 run in final 20 innings.
*Top 3 Reds order: Schumaker-Frazier-Votto 5 for 9, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB.
*2 hits Votto, Schumaker.
*Skip Schumaker got start LF, batting leadoff. Entered 0 for last 14, collected 2 hits.
*Doing it with D: Heck of field/throw by Cozart and scoop by Votto in 5th inning.
*If you wonder about value of Simon to this team, I'll ask again, who would have pitched his 14 starts?
*Mesoraco 0 for 3, 2 K, now 10 for last 68 (.147).
*Day off Billy Hamilton. Roger Bernadina lifetime vs Zack Greinke: 4 for 9.
*Cozart extended hit streak to season best 7 in a row (8 for 25).
*Ludwick 2 for 4, 2B, RBI as PH '14. Career as PH .284-.355-.505-.859 in 102 AB.
*Jay Bruce 0-4, 4 groundouts.
*Simon work load:
61 innings 2012
87.2 innings 2013
82.1 innings 2014
Simon career high innings:
166.1 innings, 2004, minors
133.2 innings, 2011, MLB/minors
*Aroldis Chapman struck out side in 9th.
He walked 1st man faced in 9th (Kemp) to snap his streak of 22 consecutive batters retired. Chapman got K of Ethier, allowed 1B to Tim Federowicz (.131), K of Miguel Rojas, K of Jamie Romak.
Batters now 5 for 48 vs Chapman (.104).
Here we go:
*Next up: 3 at Milwaukee, 3 at Pittsburgh, 3 at home Toronto.
Then 10 game road trip: 3 Chicago, 4 SF, 3 SD.
Then 10 game homestand to All-Star break: 3 Milwaukee, 4 Chicago, 3 Pittsburgh.
This was the 1st inning play challenged/won by Don Mattingly
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 12: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets to first base just ahead of Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on June 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 12: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with Skip Schumaker #25 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)