Making his fourth start of the year as the rotation replacement for Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon notched another quality start for the Cincinnati Reds. The somewhat surprising mileage and success the Reds are getting out of Simon has been a catalyst for the Reds in the team’s struggles to play winning baseball in the first month of the season.
Simon registered 6-2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night, and while it wasn’t Simon’s sharpest outing of the season (he issued five walks), it was nevertheless effective. Simon surrendered just two earned runs to the Pirates in his fourth straight quality start this year. The two earned runs were the most Simon has given up in his four starts. He yielded just one earned run in his first three outings.
For the year, Simon now sports a 1.30 ERA, which is up from the amazing 0.86 ERA that Simon had entering Wednesday’s action. Simon stretched out farther than he had to this point in the season, throwing 112 pitches. He threw just 79 pitches in his debut start and just over 100 in each of his last two starts.
Simon didn’t make it out of the seventh inning, but did retire two batters before a base-hit knocked him out of the game. The Reds brought in lefty Sean Marshall, who induced a harmless comebacker from slugger Pedro Alvarez for the last out of the inning.
The Reds’ eventual 5-2 victory earned Simon his third win of the season against one loss. The Reds crept one game closer to .500 on the young season (10-11) and put themselves in a position to win their second straight road series if they can best the Pirates (9-13) Thursday afternoon.