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Thunder and lighting: Reds bats pour it on Bucs, Simon wins 10th



PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 18: Devin Mesoraco #39 celebrates with Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds after scoring in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 18, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Score: Reds 11 Pirates 4 Boxscore  
The Reds kept rolling with big bats, pitching and defense. They pounded the Pirates in a seven run 3rd, jumping to a 9-0 lead and making it easy for Alfredo Simon to become the NL's first 10-game winner, as the Reds climbed to the .500 mark.

*Rain delay: 1 hour, 15 minutes in bottom 7th.
*Reds move to .500 (35-35) for first time since April 24 (11-11).
*Reds make it 3 in a row, 6 wins in last 7 and 8 of last 11.
*Reds 7-2 vs Pirates. Go for series sweep today.
*18-18 on road.
*Reds win Game 2 of series, after winning Game 1 of series. Entered night 0-9 in Game 2 of that scenario.
*Per Steven Sharp and @Kev1kevinmann: Reds end streak of losing 14 straight games played on June 18th, winning on that calendar date for 1st time since June 18, 1999.
*How about a 7 run, 12 batter 3rd inning for Reds? Took 36-minutes.
*Last 3 games for Reds: 30 runs, 46 hits. 
*Simon: 6.1 IN, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K.
*Simon has now topped his 2013 innings total of 87.2.
*2 hits: Phillips, Schumaker, Cozart. 3 hits Hamilton.
*3 RBI Schumaker, Phillips.
*6 Reds drove in runs, 8 Reds scored, 9 Reds collected hits.
*Most runs in inning since May 11, 2013 vs Brewers.
*Last time all 9 Reds hitters had at least one hit in first 4 innings?
*I can't imagine any manager having the patience to sit and watch Volquez pitch every 5 days. He didn't even cover plate on WP that led to run. 
*Volquez:  2.1 IN, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, HBP.
*8 different Reds with at least 1 hit Sunday, 7 players with at least 1 hit Tuesday, 9 players Wednesday.
*Series to series you see the advantage the Reds have defensively compared to most teams.
*JJ Hoover took over for Simon after rain delay: 2 IN, 2 H, R, BB, K.
*Hoover batted in 9th and walked in first ML plate appearance.
*Pirates OF Travis Snider pitched the 9th: He allowed 2 runs, walking JJ Hoover and striking out Votto on 77 mph fastball.
T2: Volquez WP moved runners to 2nd/3rd, Schumkaer SF, 1-0 Reds
T3: Frazier 1B, Votto 1B, Volquez WP scores Frazier, 2-0, Phillips RBI 2B, 3-0, Schumaker RBI 1B, 4-0, Cozart RBI 1B, 5-0, Simon RBI 1B, Mesoraco safe after replay ruled Martin  blocked plate 6-0, Hamilton 2 RBI 1B, 8-0 Reds.
T4: Schumaker RBI 1B, 9-0 Reds.
B5: Polanco RBI 1B, 9-1 Reds.
B7: Marte FC, RBI, 9-2 Reds 
B7: Tabata SF, RBI, 9-3 Reds
T9: Hamilton RBI 1B, 10-3 Reds, Frazier RBI groundout, 11-3.

Billy, Billy, Billy

Joey flashes leather



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