May 16: Reds (19-21) 3, Phillies (17-22) 0
Devin Mesoraco provided the offense early and starter Alfredo Simon did the rest as the Reds eased to a 3-0 victory against the Phillies. Mesoraco’s three-run HR in the first provided the only runs of the game and Simon’s 7.2 frames stifled the Philly bats.
One mistake pitch from Philly starter Kyle Kendrick was all it took for the Reds to earn their 19th win of the year. Facing Mesoraco with two outs and two on, Kendrick couldn’t his cutter to cut as much as he would’ve liked as Mesoraco made him pay with his fourth homer of the year over the left-field fence.
Neither team could do much from that point on.
For the Reds, Simon gave up just three hits in the first six innings of the game. For the Phillies, Kendrick was doing his part as well as he surrendered just a single in the sixth and a walk in the seventh after his shaky first frame.
The Phillies didn’t really get many opportunities in the game until the final frame. In the ninth, against closer Aroldis Chapman, the Phillies got a walk from John Mayberry and a single from Cody Asche with two outs to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez replaced Roberto Hernandez in the pitcher’s spot of the order and struck out on 101-mph fastball offering from the Reds’ fire-baller.
With the lead in hand, Simon ended up cruising to his fifth win of the year in 7.2 innings, allowing just five hits, one walk and striking out eight in 110 pitches. Meanwhile, his opposition Kendrick, dazzling in his own right for the majority of the game, gave up just four hits and struck out five in his seven innings on the hill.
Important things to note: The 3-0 outcome marked the Reds’ second straight shutout … Mesoraco’s home run came on his first at-bat from returning to the lineup from the disabled list. He was a hot streak before hitting the DL in late April.