After winning 12 games and being named to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon has gone 0-5 in his last six starts including getting pinned with the loss in Thursday nights 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Simon lasted just five innings, for the third consecutive start, giving up season-high in hits (10) and runs (7) and also tying his season-high in earned runs with five.
"As much as that pre-All-Star Game quality was unbelievable, it left us all shaking our heads going, 'How did this guy have this first half?' For a guy that has some experience, he still has some things to learn about being a starting pitcher in this league," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
The bad outing came on the eve of Reds fans hearing that another starting pitcher, Homer Bailey, would most likely be placed in the disabled list with a throwing arm injury that shouldn't keep him out for any longer than a couple starts. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco spoke of Simon's hardships after the game.
"His sinker is just in the middle part of the plate right now, a lot," Mesoraco said. "Early on this year, he was able to run it away from the lefties and run it in to the righties. Right now, it's not really running. He's pulling it to the middle vs. righties. With the lefties, he's losing it away or pulling it to the middle against them, too. That was his pitch. Everything goes off of that."
The Reds offense didn't help Simon much either. They scored just three runs on six hits in the loss. In the second inning, Mesoraco led off the inning by walking and was followed by a Ryan Ludwick which allowed him to score. With two outs in the inning, Zack Cozart singled to bring home Ludwick to give Cincinnati a 2-0 lead.
Colorado scored runs in four consecutive innings and held a 7-2 lead after five. Ludwick hit a solo home run, his seventh of the year, in the sixth to bring home the final run.
The loss put the Reds under .500 for the first time since July 28. They will try and make it back to even tonight against the Rockies with Johnny Cueto on the hill. Game is scheduled for an 8:05 ET start.
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