For the first time since Wednesday might, the Cincinnati Reds’ clubhouse are smiling, after getting a huge win this afternoon 2-1 over the New York Mets to avoid the sweep. Here’s some quotes from the players and the manager on this big time victory, even though it’s early into the season, 2-4 sounds better than 1-5.
“You couldn’t ask any more than we got from Alfredo Simon and Manny Parra right there,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.
“I felt real comfortable,” Simon said “I know it had been 10 days since I was out there. I just tried to do my best today. Everything came through.”
“It was a good opportunity for me,” Simon said. “I tried to go show them the best I can and tried to win the game. Everything worked really good today.”
“He was unbelievable,” Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. “The fact that he was mixing it up and he was throwing his sinker down, the fact that he got a base hit, it was very exciting. He got us going. You have to give him a lot of credit, because he was following our game plan. He was using his off-speed in very good counts. He wasn’t afraid to pitch backwards and then finish them with the hard sinker.”
“Sometimes, I have to act like a big daddy. Sometimes I have to be the six-[foot]-five guy,” Pena said. “It was just a friendly reminder to continue to attack.”
“You just get the call and go out there, it almost felt like it was just another inning that you’re out there,” Parra said. “It happened to be the eighth and the ninth. At the end of the game, I really didn’t know what to do. It was just awesome.”
“That was great to see,” Price said. “We’ve seen the evolution of a guy who has developed into really one of the better left-handed pitchers out of the bullpen right now in the National League. He’s pitching with great confidence. He’s making great pitches.”
“What was nice was we came out of here with a victory and it was a well-pitched game,” Price said. “We didn’t tax our bullpen a great deal. That makes a big difference going into our next series.”