Billy Hamilton had two hits in what could be his 659th and final game in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Both Hamilton and Harvey were claimed on waivers, and the Reds have until tomorrow to make a trade to the mystery team or they will remain Reds through at least the end of the season.

Anthony DeSclafani got hurt again by the home run ball, and the Reds offense was held in check by Cole Hamels. The Reds collected four hits, a couple of them cheap hits, before Hamels recorded his fifth out. Hamels didn’t allow that to impact his start, and threw just the 11th complete game in the NL this season.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (56-72) 1 8 1
Chicago Cubs (73-53) 7 12 0
W: Hamels (4-0)  L: DeSclafani (6-4)
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 Anthony DeSclafani allowing a 2-run home run to Anthony Rizzo with 1 out in the first inning, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 17.4% (from 54.9% to 37.4%).

Positives

Jose Peraza had two hits, and now has a 98 wRC+. The NL average for a SS is 86!

Billy Hamilton had two hits. The first one was pretty cheap, but I am sure he isn’t complaining. He did get picked off.

Phil Ervin also had two hits, and drove in the Reds lone run. Ervin is now hitting .293/.350/.463 through 141 PA. If Hamilton is traded, it would be nice to see him play everyday in CF to see if that is a possibility in 2019. Actually, it would be nice to see him in CF even if Hamilton isn’t traded.

Negatives

Anthony DeSclafani seems close to getting back to a middle of the rotation starter, but the home run ball continues to bite him. He allowed 2 HR tonight, and has allowed 17 home runs through his first 14 starts of 2018. The rest of his numbers look good, so it’s probably fair to be optimistic that with more starts he will be able to locate his pitches better and cut down on the dingers. The home run he allowed to Javier Baez was the second longest HR of 2018.

Eugenio Suarez went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, following his off-day on Wednesday. It snapped a very modest 5-game hit streak.

Not so random thoughts…….

Joe Maddon allowing Cole Hamels to throw 114 pitches with a 7-1 lead was bizarre.

Thom Brenneman is just unbearable. I am so thankful for Chris Welsh to give the Reds broadcast at least a glimmer of hope.

Up Next:

Reds at Cubs
Tuesday, 2:20 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio; MLB Network (out of market only)
Matt Harvey (4.91 ERA) vs Alec Mills (first MLB start)

17 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Including tonight’s game….

    Reds HR Leaders (with at least 10 HRs)

    Suarez – 28
    Gennett – 19
    Schebler – 15
    Duvall – 12

    That’s it. No. 4 hasn’t been in Cincinnati for 3 weeks and no. 3 has only played in 76 games.

    The Reds play in the no. 1 park for HRs in 2018, visited Milwaukee (no. 6) and now Chicago (no. 10).

    They have been outhomered 7-3 in the last 4 games and lost 3 of them.

    Matt Harvey not being re-signed isn’t going to make or break a playoff run with this team, which does not have enough power right now for the MLB of 2018 (especially in the NL Central).

    • roger garrett

      I preached on that problem from day one.Three guys that play every day only have 19 homers total with 34 games left to play.Won’t get it done.

  2. BK

    I totally agree about Thom Brennamen … he is way to negative to be the team paid announcer for the Reds. I have no problem with him calling it like it is when a player has a mental lapse, but his criticism never seems to stop. Moreover, I do not care what the view from his hotel room is. I would much prefer that he actually keep track of which players are playing at each position (i.e., Ervin did not make a catch in LF tonight). He seems bored or put out that he has to call games for such a cruddy team. I really wish we could listen to Jim Day do the play-b-play each night … he is far more interesting and pleasant to listen to.

    • RedInIND

      Plain and simple, it’s Thom’s condescending and arrogant style that grates on me. Even George Grande has become a breath of fresh air.

      • Matthew Habel

        Wow, sorry to hear that. That knocks him down even further in my book.

  3. cfd3000

    It took me about 15 minutes to watch the top of the first tonigh, and about 15 minutes to fast forward through the rest of the game. The Cubs looked good, the Reds did not. And was it my imagination or was every freakin’ Cubs hitter a lefty with power? I know that’s not literally the case but it felt that way. Rough night for the Reds right handers. At least I wasn’t listening to Thom. Luckily there’s a fresh new game tomorrow night!

  4. Ethan L

    I was there when he made is MLB debut for the Phillies. He shut the Redlegs down from day one. I was so disappointed that rookie could dominate the Reds like that. I have matured since then and come to accept if not expect it.

    • Jeff Reed

      I agree. As a life-long Reds fan the failure of the 2010 to the 2013 seasons still hurts when the opportunity to win it all slipped away. But as in everything, time works it’s magic and hope springs eternal.

  5. davy13

    You’re probably right, but I would like to see Senzel prove he’s got the pop in his bat before counting out Scooter.

  6. Scott Gennett

    It’s hard to guess what the outcome will be as FO is known to stick to players, no matter what. Personally, I don’t think Hamilton will make any significant impact in the future, he should be traded now if the opportunity is given and open his spot to others.

    • Mason Red

      On a playoff team BH could be a huge asset for defense and speed on the base path. But that’s all he was ever going to be unless he was on a team loaded with offense where they could bat him 8 or 9 in the lineup every game. He was NEVER going to be a lead off hitter. Again it’s another case of the Reds failing evaluating talent.

  7. Jack

    This is probably the first day I’m glad that I’m working. I won’t have to watch the stupid Cubs beat our boys. The 10 year rebuild pushes on…

  8. Mason Red

    The Reds traded for Harvey in order to trade Harvey but they didn’t trade Harvey. Who’s on first….what’s on second and I don’t know is in the FO…

  9. bouwills

    Brewers have a decent rotation, but do any of their sp have postseason experience? Do the Brew Crew want Harvey to face cubbies today & then complete the trade? It’ll be an interesting afternoon.

  10. roger garrett

    In a meaning less game in August,we did get to see Ervin and Herrera play and both should play the rest of the way.Would love to see anybody else play that we don’t know anything about come Sept but sadly it won’t happen.We will lose more then we win the rest of the way,continue to play guys that aren’t performing or are hurt on our way to another 90+ losing season.Personally I don’t put a lot of stock in to how players play in Sept because a lot of games mean nothing to either team.However I will assume without looking that we have a lot of our games left within our division.If so those games mean something to the 3 teams trying to make the playoffs so it would be good experience to actually be involved in those games for some of these young pitchers and players.

  11. roger garrett

    One other thought.Just like yesterday with Bob being sent back out,Disco started the 7th and then was pulled.No reason to do that at all.

    • big5ed

      And especially since they can expand the roster in a week, so he didn’t really have any reason or need to save his bullpen.