Eugenio Suarez continued his NL MVP campaign tour with a home run for a fifth consecutive game. The Reds bullpen was dominant again, pitching 4.2 innings without allowing an earned run in route to a 6-4 win. However, it was new Red, Mason Williams who had the big statement of this game. He hit a three-run home run which proved to be the difference.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (46-58) 6 7 1
Philadelphia Phillies (58-45) 4 7 0
W: Hernandez (4-0)  L: Pivetta (6-9) S: Iglesias (20)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread


Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Mason Williams’ 3-run home run with 0 outs in the 4th inning, giving the Reds a 5-2 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 13.6% (from 72.2% to 85.8%).


Eugenio Suarez homered for a 5th consecutive game! This guy is just incredible.

Mason WIlliams got his first start as a Red, and he had the biggest hit of the night. Williams drilled a 3-run bomb into the sun-moon deck. Williams came up with the Yankees. He was a 4th round draft pick in 2010, and in 2014 was a top 100 prospect.

David Hernandez pitched 2.1 perfect innings of relief, striking out 2. He now has a 1.83 ERA/3.09 FIP. The Reds signing him this off-season to a 2-year, $5 million deal is looking very good.

Every Reds starting position player had a hit, except for Joey Votto. He of course walked twice.


The Reds botched a rundown play in the first inning.

Anthony DeSclafani got off to an incredible start, striking out 5 batters through the first two innings. However, Disco couldn’t make it out of the 5th inning as the aggressive Jim Riggleman pulled him when he got in trouble despite only throwing 87 pitches.

Amir Garrett got hurt trying to cover first base. It looks like a lower leg injury.

Jose Peraza had a pretty bad error in the 9th inning. He bobbled what should have been a simple game ending double play. Instead, it brought the tying run to the plate.

Not so random thoughts……..

Jim Riggleman sure loves the bunt. Holy Moses.

The Phillies decided to intentionally walk Joey Votto to load the bases with 2 outs. I had a crazy thought come through my head…was that the right decision? It is pretty crazy what Eugenio Suarez is doing that I am questioning that.

Up Next:

Phillies at Reds
Saturday, 6:40 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Matt Harvey (5.21 ERA) vs Vince Velasquez (4.05 ERA)

25 Responses

  1. Nathan

    Mason Williams was not in the Chapman deal. Minor league free agent. At the time, he was discussed in the Chapman deal, as he was blocked in CF by Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, but was not traded to reds. Glad we signed him though!

  2. Keith

    I’m already ready for the Riggleman era to end, and it won’t even officially start until next year! The guy is going to have Joey Votto bunting every game next year if he has his way.

    • sezwhom

      I’ve soured on him too. He loves to give away outs with bunting. Jeez. I’d also move Votto out of the 3-slot. He’s not hitting. The move to walk him and face Suarez did work though.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I agree that Votto is more suited to the two-hole for now until he gets hot again.

  3. cfd3000

    So. Much. Bunting.
    Please make it stop.

    The summary headline should be “Suarez, Williams don’t bunt, Reds win anyway”. I know the bullpen was great tonight, but we saw a really quick hook on DeSclafani, three bunts from non-pitchers, and Dixon and Herrera used backwards so that Dixon was out of position in the field instead of Herrera at his natural position. Riggleman’s Reds winning in spite of the manager’s worst efforts tonight. A hard game to watch with a nice outcome.

    • Dave Bell

      If I’m reading the box scores correctly, we just took over the ML lead in sacrifice hits. We’re number one! We’re number one! Oh, wait. I hate the bunt. Well, I’m sure we’re leading the majors in something good. Maybe.

    • roger garrett

      Good observation.Our manager is trying soooo hard thus all of the mistakes for a team that is going no where this year.It should be a mandate from Williams to play the younger guys and lets see what they can do and lets see if a pitcher can get out of his own mess from time to time.Just confirms to me they still are concerned about this year and not trying to find out who can play at this level.With Scott and Winker out why wouldn’t Ervin and now Williams play every day.I mean we know about Adam and Billy don’t we?Why couldn’t Herrera play a few games and give Scooter a break?Joey needs a break so why not give it to him?

  4. Indy Red Man

    Marcus Stroman for the Jays went 6.2 with 2 er tonite. 14 groundouts/3 flyouts. Thats what we need!!!! He was not physically right to begin the year and went on the DL, but since coming back in June he has a 3.03 era over 12 starts. Do what you have to do but try to get him!! They can pay him Mesoraco’s $$ and Homer’s $ after next year. Save $5 mil by cutting Billy loose too! DW says he wants to increase payroll, but you get no return on investment by getting eliminated by Easter with the exact same roster????

  5. Aaron Bradley

    MAYBE Winker will show more power next season with a fully restored shoulder, apparently this has been a nagging issue for several seasons.

  6. Jeff Reed

    It looks like Mason Williams could be the Reds answer to Thames if they can find a place for him to play. He could turn out to be another Suarez-like power hitter.

  7. Scott C

    I am hating the bunt more and more. The only one that worked was when Franco missed the bag at third otherwise we would have had first and second with one out and Dixon and Hamilton coming up. On that alone Riggleman needs to go.
    I’m on the bus that says he pulled Desclafani too soon, however I also realize that there are a number of those posting that would have crucified him if Riggleman if he had left Disco in and they would ended up winning, I think Herrera a lefty was coming up to bat. There are numerous reasons Riggleman should not be the Reds manager in 2019, I see no reason to make them up.

  8. Timmy RedLeg

    I would think that the Brewers would have to go after a SP. And IMO, it needs to be a top of the rotation type. Harvey could help them, but I don’t think he’d be the only pitcher they’d go after.

  9. big5ed

    They will also get a 40-man spot by trading Harvey.

  10. Indy Red Man

    I don’t really care about Harvey because he’s bringing back a lottery ticket at best. His biggest value is to get out of the way for BobSteve. I would like to see them get rid of Billy though. I’ve been parroting his numbers in Coors for 2 years now. He’s hit like .350 there and he could save them 2 runs a series just running balls down. Save wear-n-tear on Blackmon and move him a corner. Key pinch-runner in October and defensive replacement for any of these playoff contenders! He has some value to other teams and next to none for the Reds. That would free up Schebler along with Ervin, Mason Williams, or Dixon.

    They only have August to evaluate these guys and then they’re facing alot of other AAA guys that just got called up?

  11. David

    So if the FO trades Harvey they are successful and if they don’t they fail? They lose nothing holding Harvey as he cost them nothing. Anyone see interest in Mesoraco? I’m sure the Mets don’t need him and the Reds would have been stuck with him. I don’t trade if I don’t get value or I lose my credibility in future trades. This is such a minor transaction it means nothing. Harvey pitched ok but he is only a 4 or 5 starter on a contender who is pretty desperate.

  12. roger garrett

    They may have a plan and they certainly don’t have to share it but sometimes I have to wonder.I just go by what I see or in some cases don’t see and I am left scratching my head.Just never saw a team not committing to something and sticking to it.Trying to win and sort pitchers and players just doesn’t work and is very confusing to the players.One time you leave me in to work my way out of jams as Romano was his last start and then give the quick hook to Mahle and Disco.We give time and innings to others and Bob wastes away in the minors.We commit to Peraza at short as we did to him at second last year but we don’t give any time to Herrera and make Winker a platoon player.These and many other things tells me we don’t have a plan at all. Lost in all of this is why we appear to not have a plan the Cards,Cubs and Brewers do and are willing to do what they think will help them now and in the future.They may wiff on all they do but they are trying to get better.Of course other then the signing of Hughes and Hernandez for the pen we didn’t do anything for this year other then roll the dice so maybe that’s the plan just roll the dice.Walt was very good at that wasn’t he and he is still around.

    • David

      If you tell Milwaukee that you expect a 15-20 team prospect and they don’t budge do you give in and take a lower one or hold out and show you are serious? So next trade they know you won’t cave. I would love to get something back but it depends on the market.

    • roger garrett

      Nothing to add,good stuff and 100% accurate.

  13. Davy13

    I don’t mind if no trades are made if this year is the end of the rebuild and 2019 is the year to start going for broke and become a contender with the signing of a big dependable bat (wishfully Machado) and a big dependable arm.
    +FO has got figure that they don’t have too many A-level seasons with Votto.
    +Suarez’s prime years have arrived with several years on the new contract.
    +Take advantage of Scooter’s batting prowess
    +Winker’s rise, Schleber’s bat to hold the fort until Trammel, and Duvall (unless Scooter is moved to LF)
    +A strong bullpen as it stands
    +3 rotation pitchers in place (Disco, Castillo, Mahle/Romano); maybe 4 if Homer’s latest start is indicative of a real turnaround; BobSteve if he solves the control issues. A more dependable big arm is needed to fortify and stablize the rotation.
    +CF/SS are the big holes to fill which can be through FA and a shuffling of the roster.

    However, if 2019 is still a rebuild year, then make some sensible trades now. Too quiet on the trade front.

    • Indy Red Man

      Good stuff. We hope you’re right! Atleast odds are they won’t be eliminated by Easter again.

      • Jack

        Nice article. It’s good to read something positive for a change.

  14. Indy Red Man

    Odds are they can’t get much for Harvey, but they need to do something? Old & fat Simon shouldn’t have netted Suarez but he did. Old and fat Griffey shouldn’t have netted Nick Masset but he did. Masset didn’t keep his premium stuff for long, but his stuff was as nasty as it gets for those first 2 years w/the Reds. 96-98 mph when relievers still threw 93 and a 89-90 sinker/split that just dropped a foot when it got to the plate. He was outstanding!

    Got out and get it done! Have a talk w/Riggleman and force him to play the kids more. They could sit Suarez, Scooter, and Joey 1 day/week each and give Dilson 3 starts. Scooter could play 1st I’m sure. It wouldn’t take much to equal Joey defensively at this point. Sit Duvall & Billy more and give Ervin, Dixon, and Mason Williams some atbats. They won’t do anything.

    Its too bad the Reds can’t see the big picture? If the 2011 Colts wouldn’t went all out to win then they don’t land Andrew Luck. It serves no purpose to hinder player development in the pursuit of 75 wins instead of 72?

  15. bouwills

    I’ve kinda decided that if the Reds don’t trade Harvey, it’s ok. Almost everybody here thinks (or hopes) the Reds can compete next year, if they have a good rotation. Well right now with Bailey, DeSclafani, Castillo, & Mahle( I say Stephenson) you have about what the Reds will run out there in 2019. Harvey will be the “stand in” for whomever the Reds sign or trade for to improve the rotation. They may do better- or they may not. Anyway the Reds have 2 months to see just how far this rotation can take them, before they spend a bunch of money ( or prospects) this winter. Also the July trading season has not been a failure. In hindsight the Floro & Neal to LA for Marinan & Zabala looks pretty good. Nothing wrong with the Cedrola from the Red Sox for future considerations either.