Final R H E
  Cincinnati Reds (65-71) 2 3 0
  Pittsburgh Pirates (71-64) 3 4 1
W: Worley (6-4)    L: Simon (13-9)
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Man walks into a bar…

The Cincinnati Reds lost by one run in a game where they had little hitting.

I suppose you could say Alfredo Simon pitched well after he grooved a fastball to Neil Walker in the first inning. After Walker’s three-run homer, Simon shut the Pirates out over the next six innings. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

The Reds made the most of their meager three hits. Todd Frazier crushed a long home run (his 23rd) to left centerfield in the fourth inning, the Reds first hit in the game, of course. In the seventh, Brayan Peña slapped an opposite field single, moving Devin Mesoraco to second. Mesoraco got on base by leaning into being hit by a pitch for the second game in a row. Jay Bruce struck out on three pitches bringing Zack Cozart to the plate.

Apparently Cozart has hit so many pop-ups to the right side, he’s perfected the art. He lifted one that fell exactly between three Pirates, scoring Mesoraco. Next up was Skip Schumaker, who Bryan Price allowed to face a tough left-handed reliever in Justin Wilson. Wilson is a rare lefty that has a substantially worse split against LH batters. Wilson struck Schumaker out on three pitches. The two that Schumaker swung at were well out of the strike zone. The third pitch was a called strike.

The Reds had two other opportunities and suffered bad luck. In the fifth inning, Peña drew a walk and Bruce hit a deep line drive to left field, but right at Starling Marte. In the sixth inning, after Billy Hamilton reached on a bunt single, Frazier hit a line drive “ticketed to the left centerfield gap” (Kelch) that Jordy Mercer snagged at shortstop. Mesoraco just missed a home run in the top of the ninth on a ball to deep left field.

If you haven’t seen it yet, read Jay Bruce’s interview today where he discusses “the most embarrassing year of my life.” (C. Trent Rosecrans)