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.
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."
"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."