The Reds are 0-3 in games Matt Harvey has started since the team declined to trade him. I was told there would be positive momentum.

The Pirates swept a series in July in Great American Ball Park, outscoring the Reds 27-5. The Reds are now 4-10 vs. the Pirates this year. The Reds look to even this series when they play again tomorrow night. Cody Reed will start for the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-79) • Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (67-71)

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Matt Harvey gave up two home runs in 6 innings. He grooved a change-up to Adam Frazier in the first and elevated a fastball to Starling Marte in the 6th for a 2-run blast. Otherwise, Mrs. Lincoln, he pitched well, with three strikeouts and no walks.

Sal Romano pitched the 7th. It should have been a shutout inning, but Scooter Gennett wildly side-armed an easy double-play starter for an error resulting in two unearned runs. Jackson Stephens pitched a clean 8th with two strikeouts.

The Reds only run came in the 8th inning on a 406-foot solo home run by Gennett. It was his 20th of the season.

Nice Reds Debut Blake Trahan, pronounced Tray-HAHN with a Cajun accent, became the 1,992 person to play for the Cincinnati Reds when he made first major league start today. Trahan, who turns 25 in two days, was the Reds 3rd round pick in 2015. He’s a defense-first shortstop, batting just .245/.327/.302 at Louisville this year. Trahan’s first play in the field was a strong throw completing a double play. Trahan got his first major league hit in his third AB, with a line drive single to right center.

Happy Belabor Day Dilson Herrera (24) has started 4 games at 2B for the Reds since his call-up on July 6, nearly two months ago. Herrera hit .297/.367/.465 at AAA this year. He’s started 9 games for the Reds in left field and still borrows a glove to play out there. It’s fair to say the Reds haven’t had a good development plan for Herrera the second half of this season. 

Shirt Off His Back Before the game, a fan sitting in the front row called Joey Votto over and asked for the Reds first baseman to sign the fan’s “Votto for President” t-shirt. Votto seemed to ignore the request. But when he came back out on the field, he brought with him an actual Reds jersey of his to exchange for the VFP t-shirt. Inscribed: More Like Prime Minister

Dat September Call-up The Boston Red Sox will call up Brandon Phillips (37) from their AAA team tomorrow. Phillips was unable to find a major league contract this spring as a free agent and has been playing for Pawtucket since July 14. Phillips has made $99.7 million in his career. He won 4 Gold Gloves and made 3 All Star teams playing 11 seasons for the Reds. Phillips hit .279/.325/.426 for the Reds. The Reds traded him in Feb. 2017 to the Atlanta Braves. 

20 Responses

  1. Jack

    The Herrera mishandling is a mess. There is no direction with this team except down. Nothing against Trahan but he gets called up and first day is starting. How long did the rest of call ups have to wait? Didn’t Winker sit for awhile before he played?

    • kmartin

      Jack, I well remember last September being frustrated at Winker spending time on the bench. Now I am frustrated at the time Herrera spends on the bench. I spend much of September being frustrated.

  2. dimondfvr

    The Reds made Williams throw a number of pitches in the first inning, and then came out in the second, playing like their bus was double parked outside! The Reds need to win 11 of thir last 24 ballgames to reach the 70 win mark. I don’t think they can do it. SO much for the rebuild and the postive momentum!

    • roger garrett

      He threw 28 in the first and 6 in the second.

  3. Hanawi

    I like how the Reds are subtly tanking by continuing to roll out the same lineup that’s lost 90 games two years in a row.

  4. roger garrett

    I won’t give up on us one day having a team that can compete but it may have to happen by accident because they have no plan.I look for every little crumb that may fall from the table that could give me a clue as to what it is but I see nothing as Sgt Schultz would say.Pathetic.Laurel and Hardy aren’t even close to these clowns running this team.

  5. Ted

    Steve never misses a chance to take a shot at Matt Harvey.

    • I-71_Exile

      True dat. Also, you can count on a “positive momentum” dig, This used to be called the “we’ve got Jack for that” dig. I’d say that some jokes never get old, but I’d be lying.

  6. redlegs64

    don’t forget Eugenio in the RBI chase!

  7. cfd3000

    Harvey wasn’t horrible, despite Steve’s characterization. But I do agree that he (and Homer Bailey) shouldn’t be starting any more. Let Reed, Stephenson and even Lorenzen and Mahle gain major league experience. Frustrating. And I know Dilson Herrera is out of options, but the kid can hit and it would be nice to know just how much. Let him play. I haven’t been a big part of the pile on management movement, but I’ve stopped looking for big picture positives. My focus is pretty narrow:
    Experience and confidence for Reed
    Strong finish and full health for Votto – is it possible he’s going to find some power by pulling the ball more?
    Strong finish and reestablish a leadoff spot for Schebler
    Experience and confidence for Ervin
    Good results for Sims and Wisler
    RBI crown for Suarez
    Batting crown for Gennett? Having a hard time caring about this one since I’m actually hoping he gets traded this offseason
    More Jim Day play by play
    The little things…

  8. Tampa Red

    Pretty sure it would be impossible to write a more passive-agressive game recap than what I just read. You managed to identify every problem that doesn’t explain the Reds crappy record. Impressive. My ex-wife stands in awe.

  9. Corey

    The good thing about losing an away game like this is that we only have to pitch 8 innings. That will help save the bullpen.

  10. Jeff Reed

    As another losing season ebbs to an end, it seems Mrs. Lincoln still has a place in the front office. Here’s hoping that Momentum takes over in the off season.

  11. roger garrett

    You really hit the nail on the head.I never have been really concerned about the wins or loses either although I do my share of complaining when they lose.My issues have been as you said its just more of the same.The consistent inconsistent way they handle players and the fact they fall in love with players is mind boggling.We had a two or three year window that we won and made the playoffs followed by now four years of just awful baseball.Yet the process of holding on to players too long or thinking they are better then they are is still so obvious.All things considered(age,salary,performance) we have one player that teams would like to have and would start for them and its Suarez.We could discuss Iggy but he is still here on a team that doesn’t need a closer.

  12. BigRedMike

    Great post. Many comment about the team and the direction of the organization. What fans of teams have done for over 100 years. 4 straight bad seasons and not really a plan.

    Then there are those that come here to comment about the comments and whether certain players are being judged unfairly.

  13. Bill j

    If we all had our way Scooter, BHam, Homer, Harvey, Hernandez, Iggy and Riggleman would all be gone with Duvall. If they were gone I don’t know who we would have but would their record be worse? To me you’re either first or not.

    • roger garrett

      Exactly.You are either in the hunt or not.

  14. Gonzo Reds

    How much “cash” was Preston Tucker worth? Perhaps we can do the same with Harvey?

  15. Jim Walker

    Ah, yes. You also listened to the whole song 😉