The Cincinnati Reds' pitching staff has been the backbone to the team up to this point in the season. Tonight was no different as Alfredo Simon pitched seven and two-thirds innings giving up just five hits and striking out eight in the Reds' 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The only run production of the ballgame came in the top of the first inning. Billy Hamilton and Skip Schumaker led off the game with back-to-back singles. Following fly outs by Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco saw a 2-1 cutter and smashed it into the left field seats to give the Reds an early 3-0 lead.
Mesoraco had been recently activated from the disabled list before Friday's game. He has been rehabbing a strained left hamstring which he aggravated on April 25 against the Atlanta Braves.
Coming off of his worst start this season in which he allowed five runs in three innings, Simon was flawless from inning number one. He recorded at least one strikeout in each of the first five innings while also retiring 13 of the final 15 batters he faced. He pushed his record to five wins and two losses on the season.
Manny Parra, who pitched to only one batter, recorded a strike out before Aroldis Chapman was called upon to finish the game. Chapman allowed a walk and a hit while also retiring two batters on strikes on his say to his second save this season.
The Reds were without first baseman Joey Votto and will continue to be throughout road trip and may continue to be without him for the next week or two after an MRI revealed a strained left quad. Brayan Pena and Neftali Soto will most likely take his spot for the time being.
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