“I saw the ball good tonight. Worked the counts, tried to do the right thing every at-bat and got good results,” Simmons said after going 7-for-11 in the three-game sweep. “I got some tough pitches, I didn’t square them up, but I did the right things I feel like. A good approach. Got good enough contact to get hits.”
Simmons sunk into a major slump in the 18 games since that night, hitting .148 (9-for-61) with no extra-base hits and eight strikeouts. It took him 34 games to strike out eight times before the slump. He entered Friday’s game hitting .254.