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Alfredo Simon Becomes National League’s First 12-Game Winner, Cincinnati Reds Top Chicago Cubs 4-1

July 10th, 2014 at 2:26 PM
By Cody Dalga

Coming into this season, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon had won just 17 total games in the last six seasons. He is well on his way to surpassing that number in a single season as he went six and two-thirds of an inning allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out eight on his way to his National League leading 12th win. 

"I'm really happy with myself right now. I hope the second half is going to be the same," Simon said.

When Simon starts the Reds are almost unbeatable. They are 15-3 when he is on the hill have haven't lost in his last eight starts. 

"Wins can be a little arbitrary. But you look at all his other numbers, and they're about as good as the other guys up there," Reds right fielder Jay Bruce said. "The guy has really done a great job for us. He started off as a filler. It turned out, he's one of the guys. You hand him the ball, you expect to win."

The offense have also helped Simon scoring at least four runs in each of his last eight starts including last night. The scoring began in the bottom half of the second inning when Ramon Santiago doubled home Brayan Pena before being thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
 
Simon's only earned run came the next half inning when Anthony Rizzo launched a solo home run, his 20th of the year, to tie the game at one. 
 
Cincinnati was able to grab the lead for good when they plated three runs in the fifth. Zack Cozart singled with one out in the inning and was sacrificed over by Simon. Billy Hamilton then tripled him home and after a Skip Schumaker walk, Brandon Phillips singled home Hamilton. Bruce then hit a run-scoring single to push the lead to three. 
 
The Reds bullpen came to play as Manny Para, Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman combined for two and a third inning allowing just a single hit. Chapman closed the door by striking out the side in the ninth to pick up his 19th save of the year. 
 
The win did come at a price though. Phillips left the game in the eighth due to an injured wrist and Hamilton was taken out late in the game to protect a sore hamstring. Both are currently listed as day-to-day. 
Tags: Alfredo Simon, Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Brayan Pena, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Jonathan Broxton, MLB, Ramon Santiago, Skip Schumaker, zack cozart

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