Final: Reds 4 Cubs 1
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon #31 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)*Simon: 6 IN, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 101 pitches
*Simon in 3 starts filling in for Mat Latos: 21 IN, 2 ER, 0.86. Seriously.
*Momentum: 3 straight wins, 4 of last 5, now 7-9 on year.
*Dominance: Reds have won 27 of last 36 vs Cubs and 16 last 17 Wrigley.
*Pressure: 5 SB's.
Top 5th: Mesoracco 1B, SB...first since June 24, 2012 vs Joe Mauer and Twins, 2nd of his ML career. Billy Hamilton jumped on a fastball, for a 2-out RBI 2B.
Top 6th: Mesoraco broke up a DP ball, forcing a bad throw, leading to 2 runs.
Top 8th: Frazier BB, SB, later scored on a WP.
*Reds have 16 steals in 16 April games. They had 8 steals in 28 April games. Even taking out Billy's 5 steals and they still have 11 steals.
*Reds SB's by month last year: April 8, May 8, June 8, July 9, August 8, September 26.
*Brandon Phillips left in 3rd inning, have hurting his back in the 1st inning: Bad spasms.
*Think Simon his making himself some money? He makes $1.5M this year, with arbitration in '15 and free agency in '16.
*April 3, 2012, Reds claimed Alfredo Simon on waivers from Baltimore.
Simon's first appearance with Reds, April 7, 2012 vs Miami: 1 IN, 2 H, 2 R.
Simon's second appearance with Reds, April 12, 2012 vs Nationals: Walk-off wild pitch to lose game in 10 innings.
Simon has made 102 appearances with Reds: 2.55 in 102 games.
*Pitches seen: Vottto 21 in 5 plate appearances, Bruce 27 in 5 PA, Frazier 23 in 4.
*Votto-Bruce-Frazier saw 71 pitches.
*Cozart: 1 for 4 batting .120. Was first pitch swinging in 6th, with 2 on and one out?
*Pitches seen per plate appearance:
Votto 4.60, Bruce 4.10, Frazier 3.89, Phillips 3.75, Ludwick 3.62, Hamilton 3.33, Heisey 2.90, Cozart 2.84, team average 3.75.
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds talks with a trainer (L) and manager Bryan Price #38 after apparently hurting his back batting against the Chicago Cubs in the 1st inning at Wrigley Field on April 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Phillips left the game in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)