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Reds: Pressure applied

 

Final: Reds 5 Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 23: Jay Bruce #32, Billy Hamilton #6 and Roger Bernadina #15 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 at PNC Park April 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Notes/observations
*Reds have won 6 of 8, move to 10-11, try to get to .500 and take 3 of 4 from Pirates today.
*After starting season 3-8, Reds have gone 7-3.
*Crafty/gutty effort from Simon: 1st inning 3 BB, H, 27 pitches, but only one run.
*Simon: 6.2 IN, 4 H, 5 BB, 4 K, 2 R....112 pitches/69 strikes.
*Where would they be without Simon?: 3-1 1.30 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .172 BAA
*Broxton worked around 2 H for 3rd save.
*Bullpen of Marshall-LeCure-Broxton: 2.1 IN, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB.
*10 straight games Reds have scored 4+ runs.
*More pressure applied: 7 BB, 4 SB, 3 Pirates errors....the Reds are becoming the college basketball version of VCU's Havoc.
*Thieves in the night: 4 SB by Reds, Hamilton, Bruce 2, Bernadina, 
*2 throwing errors on SB by Pittsburgh catcher Chris Stewart.

*Bruce 2 for 4, up to .250, RBI 5 straight games...on pace for 100 RBI and 108 BB.
*Billy 2 for 5, R, RBI, SB....back to back 2 hits games.
*Since starting 0-12, Hamilton is 17 for 62 (.274) and is 11 for 31 (.355/.382) over last 8 games. On pace for 69 SB.
*Votto 1 for 3, 2 BB.
*Brandon Phillips walked for first time since Opening Day, when he walked twice.
*Mesoraco extended hit streak to 11 games.
*Bernadina started in LF: BB, R, SB.
*Santiago started at SS: 2 BB, first time since September 7 last year.
He walked twice in a game on two occasions in 2013.
*Cozart has 1 BB in last 84 plate appearances, 3 BB in last 164 PA.
*Reds 24 of 31 SB (77%),  in 21 April games (Billy 9)
*Reds 2nd MLB with 24 SB...on pace for 185 SB. That would be most since 190 in '97.
*Reds SB by month last year: April 8, May 8, June 8, July 9, August 8, September 26.
*Reds SB 2013: 67 of 102 (66%)...22nd MLB. ML average 90 SB per team.
*Minus Billy, '13 Reds stole 54 of 88 (61%).
Runs:
1st: Simon walked in run, 1-0 Pirates
2nd: Santiago groundout scored Bernadina, 1-1
3rd: McCutchen HR, 2-1 Pirates
5th: Hamilton RBI 1B scores Mesoraco, 2-2
5th: Hamilton steal, throwing error, Santiago scored, 3-2 Reds
5th: Bruce RBI FC scored Hamilton, 4-2 Reds
8th: Mesoraco FC scored Bruce, 5-2 Reds

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 23: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds catches a ball in foul territory in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park April 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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