Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

Milwaukee 3
Cincinnati 4

W: A. Simon (3-1)
L: Y. Gallardo (3-2)
S: A. Chapman (8)

–In the sixth inning, with the Brewers threatening, Brandon Phillips performed a classic BP defensive gem, turning a double play to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, he smashed a homer to give the Reds a fourth run that would prove important. On the day, BP was 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBI.

–Alfredo Simon, Sam LeCure, and Jonathan Broxton combined for four scoreless innings, though none of the three were particularly sharp.

–In his return from the disabled list, Ryan Hanigan was 2-4, bringing his batting average up to a robust .119.

–Dusty Baker.

–Good win against a division opponent. I’ll take that every time.

–Riddle me this, Batman. In a one-run game, in the bottom of the sixth inning, why in the world would you let Alfredo Simon, of all people, hit for himself? Ask Dusty.

–Riddle me this, Batman. If you have Aroldis Chapman, Sean Marshall, and Jonathan Broxton, all of whom are making a lot of money to get important outs, why would you let Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon pitch in the most high-leverage situations in a one-run game? Ask Dusty.

–Riddle me this, Batman. If you have the best left-handed arm in the game, why would you let him pitch exactly one time in the last week? Ask Dusty.

Sheesh, I’ve defended Dusty Baker in print before, and I definitely think he gets unfairly maligned oftentimes, but I’m completely baffled by some of the decisions he makes. As long as the Reds win, I will grin and bear it, I guess.

–While everyone started worrying about the Reds, they proceeded to win five of their last seven games. This is exactly why I don’t get too worked up over a few games.

–The Reds are 14-6 in games at Great American Ballpark. No team has won more home games thus far.

–Full disclosure: I was pretty disappointed when the Reds kept Alfredo Simon on the Opening Day roster last year instead of Todd Frazier. I was right about Frazier, but I’ve become a fan of Simon in the last fourteen months, as well.

–Starter Tony Cingrani only survived four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. He’s had better days.

Source: FanGraphs