Short Version: Matt Harvey pitched 6.1 innings and allowed no runs. The Reds scored 5 runs in the first 5 innings and tacked on a couple of more in short  order to make it a relatively easy stroll until  a dicey 8th inning. Michael Lorenzen slammed the door in the 8th; and the Reds waltzed home with the win.

Final  R H E
San Francisco Giants (61-63) 1 7 1
Cincinnati Reds (54-69) 7 11 1
W: Harvey (6-7) L: Bumgarner (4-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score


The Good

Matt Harvey pitched 6.1 scoreless inning allowing just 4 hits, none which happened until after he had recorded 17 outs (5.2 hitless innings).

The Reds scored 3 runs in the 4th powered by a Jose Peraza solo home run and bases loaded double by Brandon Dixon. Dixon’s double may have been a blooper but it brought home 2 runs and looks like a line drive  in the box score.

The Reds got right back at it in the 5th adding 2 more runs on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Phillip Ervin and Giants throwing error on the same play. Jose Peraza had kicked things off again, this time with a double.  Does Peraza really lead this team with his 26 doubles? I think so!

The Reds added single runs in 6th with Dilson Herrera’s long ball and 7th on an Eugenio Suarez  single.

Michael Lorenzen came came on with the bases loaded in the 8th and no outs (see below) and extricated the Reds with only 1 Giants run allowed across.


The Not So Good

Cody Reed cleaned up a little bit of a mess left by the tiring Harvey in the 7th inning but then pitched himself into a bases loaded with 0 outs situation in the 8. In fairness to Reed, though no error was charged, Eugenio Suarez failed to complete  a play he often makes to help create the jam.


Not So Random thoughts

The right handed hitting platoon crew of Dilson Hererra, Brandon Dixon, and Phillip Ervin were in the middle of the Reds scoring.  The Giants probable starter for Sunday is listed as rookie lefty  Andrew Suarez. Will they see the field for a second consecutive day?

What’s going on with Eugenio Suarez’s fielding? He has already made more errors this year than he made all last year despite some very friendly scoring decisions such as the one tonight which went to his favor.

What to say about Matt Harvey? He is getting the job done more often than not. But why is he still with the Reds?  No waivers or no “reasonable” offers? Would you seek to sign Harvey for the Reds next year?

Sunday’s Action

Andrew Suarez (L) vs. Luis Castillo (R)

GABP 1:10pm

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