Alfredo Simon is the guy the Reds toss into the game to eat innings. His stats don’t really matter. When opposing batters are facing him, it’s time to make up for lost time in a hurry. Hitters are going to get pitches to hit, and they’re going to get an opportunity for three or four innings to pad their stats.
Except on this particular pitch, Alfredo Simon didn’t make a bad pitch. It’s just that Bryce Harper flicked his wrists at the ball and hit it into the bullpen in right field.
The ball was down and in on Harper. It was a little bit similar to Harper’s first triple of the season last night off Homer Bailey. You’re not really supposed to be able to do these things with a pitch that’s in on you like that. Unless you’re Bryce Harper, and you’ve got the quickest hands in the world.