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Todd Frazier’s Home Run Helps Alfredo Simon and Cincinnati Reds Top Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1

June 12th, 2014 at 11:39 PM
By Cody Dalga

Since Alfredo Simon has taken Mat Latos' place in the starting rotation this season, he has failed to disappoint. Today was no different as he threw eight strong innings allowing a single earned run on seven hits while striking out five in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday at Great American Ballpark. 

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The win, which helped the Reds split the four game series with the Dodgers, all but solidified Simon's spot in the starting rotation once Latos returns. This would most likely force Tony Cingrani to move to the bullpen. 

"You certainly couldn't have expected it, not just the 9-3, because sometimes you're the benefactor of a lot of runs being scored every fifth day for you," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "In his case, this is a sub-3.00 ERA, a low walk ratio, a low hit ratio, a low batting average against — all that statistical stuff we all love. He's doing it. And he's pitching us deep into games. That's the thing that's surprising me more than anything."

The Dodgers were able to get to Simon early though. They scored the only run in the first inning thanks to a Matt Kemp two-out, RBI single to center which allowed Justin Turner to score. 

"In the first inning, he came out and was a little off," Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "I think he was a little amped up, because he knew that we needed a big start out of him, and last time these guys got to him a little bit."

But the lead didn't last long. Skip Schumaker led off the Reds first inning with a single and was followed by a Todd Frazier home run to give them a 2-1 lead. It was Frazier's 14th home run this season. 

"That helped me a lot," Simon said. "When he hit that home run, I just felt more comfortable. I kept pounding the zone and everything was good."

Following the first inning, Simon allowed just a single hit throughout the next five innings. Los Angeles threatened in the seventh inning with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning but failed to produce any type of run production. 
Cincinnati produced two insurance runs in the eighth on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Ryan Ludwick
Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the ninth allowing two base runners but was able to strike out the side and record his 10th save this season. The win helped the Reds reach .500 on the 10 game homestand (5-5).

"It could have been a very disappointing homestand," Price said. "At one point, we were 3-5 and got stung a little bit by L.A. with two unimpressive losses, and rallied back and had two really impressive wins. It's more the type of play our club is capable of playing. We did some really good things."

Cincinnati will head to Milwaukee where they will begin a three-game series on Friday with the NL Central leading Brewers. 






Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Mat Latos, MLB, Ryan Ludwick, Skip Schumaker, Tony Cingrani

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