An eventful first inning for Simon (updated)
Alfredo Simon struck out the first batter he faced this season for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, but the guy reached on a wild pitch. Simon then promptly picked him off first base.
He struck out the side, but not without an event sandwiched in between. If you haven’t noticed, things haven’t gone particularly smoothly for Simon recently.
He gave up a two-out clean single to center to Nats prospect Steve Lombardozzi, who then stole second and scored a run when Xavier Avery dropped Tyler Moore’s deep fly to center. It should have been an error -- Avery had to run for it, but the ball bounced out of his glove -- but it was ruled a double.
Simon ended the inning with another strikeout.
He threw 23 pitches, 18 for strikes. Although there is a little discrepancy with minor league radar guns, we’ll say he threw his fastball between 92 and 95 mph.
Update: Inning two was a lot less eventful. Simon gave up a leadoff double down the line, but got a come-backer, a strikeout and flyout. He threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes. He has thrown 35 in two innings, 27 for strikes.