Alfredo Simon gave up six earned runs, and lasted just four innings. The Reds bullpen allowed eight runs of their own, and the Reds had one of their most embarrassing losses in recent memory, 14-5 to the Mets. Tonight tied a season high in runs allowed (Reds lost 14-9 to Toronto on June 20th), and was a new season high in hits allowed (18). The Reds are now a season high nine games below .500 (their most since 2009).

Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (66-75) 5 11 1
 New York Mets (67-74) 14 18 1
W: Colon (13-11) L: Simon (13-10)
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Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Travis d’Arnaud’s 3-run HR in the 4th inning, giving the Mets a 6-2 lead. That HR increased the Mets chances of winning by 25.2% (from 36.5% to 11.3%).

Other important plays (+/- indicates how much each play increased or decreased the Reds chances of winning):

  • +10.8% – 2nd inning: Pena singles. Runners on 1st & 3rd, 0 outs.
  • +10.4% – 1st inning: Mesoraco’s solo HR. Mets lead 2-1.
  • +8.5% – 2nd inning: Simon gets Lagares to ground into a fielders choice. Runners on 1st & 3rd, 1 out.
  • +7.9% – 2nd inning: Simon strikes out Duda. Runners on 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs.
  • +7.1% – 2nd inning: Bourgeois reaches on an error, run scores. Mets lead 3-2. Runners on 1st & 2nd, 0 outs.
  • -10.4% – 1st inning: Granderson’s RBI double off Simon. Mets lead 2-0. Runners on 2nd & 3rd, 2 outs.
  • -9.8% – 1st inning: d’Arnaud’s RBI single off Simon. Mets lead 1-0. Runners on 1st & 3rd, 2 outs.
  • -9.0% – 2nd inning: Simon walks Duda with the bases loaded. Mets lead 3-1. 2 outs.

Player of the Game

Travis d’Arnaud: 3 for 4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 BB, .301 WPA

Positives

Devin Mesoraco hit his 22nd HR of the year tonight in the first inning. Mesoraco became just the third different Reds catcher ever to hit 22+ HR in a season (min of 50% of games played at catcher). That Bench guy was pretty good.

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Todd Frazier hit his 24th HR of the season tonight too.

The Reds uniforms tonight were pretty cool.

Negatives

Alfredo Simon was terrible tonight. Simon allowed 8 hits, 6 earned runs, and 3 walks in 4.0 innings tonight. I’ll just quote myself from my series preview of the Mets from earlier today

“Friday’s matchup of Simon vs Colon is a good old ERA vs FIP debate. Traditional measures say that Simon (3.28 ERA) has been much better than Colon (4.01 ERA). But, if you are a regular reader of this site you know by now that FIP is a much better way of measuring what a pitcher can actually control (K, BB, HR). That means Colon (3.39 FIP) has actually been much better, and much less lucky than Simon (4.41 FIP).”

J.J. Hoover gave up another homer.

Ryan Dennick was pretty impressive in his debut on Tuesday, pitching a perfect inning in Baltimore. He was not so much tonight. Dennick allowed a 3-run bomb to Curtis Granderson in the 6th inning.

Daniel Corcino who is trying to impress the big league club (as Chris Welsh spoke of), certainly did not do that tonight. Corcino added to the Reds misery tonight by allowing 3 earned runs (including 2 HR) in relief.

Not so random thoughts……………….

Brandon Phillips ended his 0 for 20 streak with a base hit in the 2nd inning. Phillips was moved to the #5 spot in the order tonight. Of course our good friend here at Redleg Nation, Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer let us know about how he and Marty Brennaman agree about how wonderful of a player Phillips is.

So let’s go on and on about how amazing Brandon Phillips is for playing through his injury, because that is such a great help to the team, right? Phillips entered today with a .366 OPS since returning from the DL. If you don’t know just how bad a .366 OPS is, Homer Bailey has a career .367 OPS. It is just amazing how hypocritcial this statement by Marty, and then reiterated by Daugherty is. If Joey Votto had come back and played hurt, and posted anywhere near a .366 OPS, those guys would have absolutely lit Joey Votto on fire for it.

I’m not here saying that Phillips playing through an injury is no big deal either. It is certainly admirable to play hurt, and I am not trying to take anything away from that. It is just that this praise of Phillips by Daughtery and Marty seems a lot more like a cheap shot at Votto for not playing hurt. That is what bugs me about it.