Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon was accused of raping a woman in April, 2013 in Washington, D.C. according to a civil lawsuit filed there Thursday. The Reds have declined comment and there is no mention of the accusations against Simon on their web site either.
Simon’s lawyer, Jack Quinn, claims that the accusations are “totally baseless” and he expects Simon to emerge from these allegations with his innocence unquestioned.
The accusations could not have come at a worse time for Simon who is off to his best start of his career on the field. The Reds’ right hander notched another victory Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a National League Central division showdown. The 5-2 win raised Simon’s record to 3-1 on the season as he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up just four hits and two runs. His ERA on the season is now 1.30.
Reds Take Three In a Row in Pittsburgh:
Cincinnati raised their season record to 11-11 on the season, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since the second game of the year by taking three in a row in Pittsburgh. The Reds held the Bucs to just four runs in the final three games of the series as Simon, Tony Cingranni and Johnny Cueto took turns shutting down the Pirates. This trio of starters is emerging as one of the top threesomes in baseball and the rock of a Cincinnati roster that is still battling through injuries that have plagued them since spring training.
The Reds have now won seven of their last ten and will travel to Atlanta for a three game series just five games behind the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Hamilton Gets a Day Off:
Perhaps the best news of all for Cincinnati Manger Bryan Price has been the recent emergence of leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton who started 2014 in terrible fashion. The recent surge by Hamilton is a small snap shot but he has raised his OBP to .266 as of Friday. That number would ordinarily be a number for concern but given where Hamilton was after the first ten games of the season, the Reds are thrilled with his recent stretch.
“He has the ability to change the game in a lot of different ways,” said teammate Jay Bruce.
After this series with the Braves Cincinnati reaches a crucial week in their schedule. They will host the hapless Chicago Cubs for three games and then entertain the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers for a four game series in a seven day stretch without a day off. These two series will give Cincinnati a chance to not only pad their record against the Cubbies but more importantly it allows them a chance to go head to head with the Brewers. Fortunately for the Reds they will be able to throw Cueto, Cingranni and Simon against the Brewers.
So Milwaukee will be getting their Cincinnati’s best shot. The Reds now hope that the accusations against Simone do not affect his play on the field.
Commentary by Mick Varner
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Cincinnati Reds