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Jay Bruce’s Two-Run Home Run Helps Cincinnati Reds Push Past Phildelphia Phillies 6-5

June 8th, 2014 at 12:32 PM
By Cody Dalga

One of the Cincinnati Reds' biggest problems this year has been consistency. Whether it's the pitchers pitching well or the offense plating runs, it was a rare feat to see both occur in the same game. Last night was a rare occasion last night as the Jay Bruce's two-run helped Alfredo Simon win game number eight in the Reds' 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. 

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Offense and pitching wasn't the only thing that shined on Saturday. Defense, more specifically Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips, and Devin Mesoraco, helped the Reds keep the lead. Twice those three teamed up for a perfect relay to gun down runners at the plate. 

"Defense, we show up almost every night. That's something we've always preached around here," Mesoraco said. "On those plays there, they're obviously an exciting play just because there's a lot going on, a lot of moving parts, a lot of action. To stop them from scoring and getting an out at home plate, that's definitely important."

The Reds took a quick lead in the first after Bruce plated Hamilton with a sacrifice fly to left field. Philadelphia came back with two runs in the top of the second before Todd Frazier's solo home run tied the game at two after two. 
 
Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon settled down with two consecutive perfect innings before the Reds gave him the lead for good. In the fourth, Zack Cozart doubled home Frazier and Cozart later scored on a sacrifice fly by Hamilton to push the lead to 4-2.
 
The next inning the Reds struck again. After Phillips walked to lead off the inning, Bruce launched a full-count fastball into the seats in right center field for his fourth home of the season. It was his first long ball since the end of April.

"It's one of those things that I knew it was going to come," Bruce said. "I knew I had to keep on keeping on and continue to practice and have the same approach and really try to apply the approach I focus on all the time. It really hadn't been happening for me lately, but it's getting much better."

Philadelphia pulled within a run but relievers Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman shut the door on the Phillies to give the Reds the win. Simon's outing lasted six innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits.
 
The textbook win ended the Reds three game losing streak. Pitcher Homer Bailey will be on the mound this afternoon looking for his seventh win. 
 
Tags: Alfredo Simon, Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Billy Hamilton, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Jay Bruce, Jonathan Broxton, MLB, zack cozart

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