The Short Version: After a two and a half hour rain delay, the Redlegs — led by Phillip Ervin — brought out the bats and beat the Padres to even the series.

Final R H E
San Diego Padres (56-87) 6 11 0
Cincinnati Reds (60-82) 12 11 0
W: Lorenzen (3-1) L: Strahm (3-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Outstanding game for Phillip Ervin, who went 3 for 3 with two home runs, a walk, four runs scored, and four runs batted in. One of those RBIs came on a squeeze bunt. Oh yeah, and for good measure, Ervin also had a nice catch in the outfield.

–Jose Peraza had two hits, including a double. He also drove in three. Scott Schebler only had one hit (plus a walk), but it was a big one: a grand slam home run.

–Michael Lorenzen allowed one hit over three scoreless innings of relief. He also singled and scored a run.

–Joey Votto singled and walked. Eugenio Suarez singled, walked, and scored a run. Tucker Barnhart, singled, walked, and scored two runs. Mason Williams singled and scored two runs.

–Jackson Stephens pitched a perfect ninth.

The Bad
–Anthony DeSclafani’s up-and-down season continues. Disco pitched four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He was pulled after throwing 64 pitches.

–Sal Romano allowed two runs on two hits in the eighth inning.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Long night — a two hour, 37 minute rain delay before first pitch — but it was worth it. Even now, it’s still fun to watch the Redlegs break out the bats.

–The Reds struck out fifteen times tonight, in just eight turns at bat. And they won big. Very nice.

–The Reds set a franchise record for grand slams in a season, with 10. Baseball is such a funny game. This team is lousy, but Cincinnati has had so many great teams over the years. Yet 2018 is the year they hit more grand slams than ever before? I love it.

–Jose Peraza is fourth in the National League in hits. Think about that one for a moment.

–Ervin is hitting .279/.349/.448 on the season. If nothing else, he’s put himself in the mix to make this club out of spring training next year.

–The Reds had Friday Night Fireworks before the game tonight, because of the rain. I feel like it is important to note this for the historical record.

–For some reason, I enjoyed the fact that Votto had to move his three ring binder to make room for his helmet.

–Disco gave up two runs in the first, and it was looking like another typical night for the home team. But in the bottom of the second, the Reds struck back. Suarez led off the inning with a walk. After Williams grounded into a fielder’s choice, Barnhart and Ervin walked to load the bases, and Williams scored on a passed ball to make the score 2-1, San Diego.

After Schebler walked to load the bases again, the Padres went to their bullpen, but Peraza promptly doubled in all three runs. Reds 4, Padres 2, after two complete.

–San Diego tied the game with runs in the next two innings, but the Reds inched ahead once again in the bottom half of the fourth when Phillip Ervin homered to left.

Two innings later, the good guys broke it open with a really strange sequence of events. With one out, Williams singled and advanced to third when Barnhart singled. Ervin then singled on a gorgeous suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Williams and giving the Reds a 6-4 lead. Lorenzen then laid down a bunt that was likely intended as one of Interim Reds Manager Jim Riggleman’s beloved sacrifices, but it got past the pitcher and Lorenzen reached to load the bases.

That’s when Schebler homered to right, a grand slam that gave the Reds a 10-4 lead and put this one out of reach. Ervin added a two-run homer in the seventh — his second of the game and sixth of the year — and that was all she wrote.

–Matt Harvey will go to the mound tomorrow in game three of the series. Plenty of good tickets still available.

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23 Responses

  1. Scott Gennett

    Also, on the bad side, Gennett 0-5 tonight and lowered his AVG to .317

  2. Scott Gennett

    Looking forward for a Ervin/Schebler/Winker OF in 2019

  3. kmartin

    Dear Mr. Riggleman:

    After running numerous computer simulations and regression analyses I have rached the conclusion that it is better to have a leadoff hitter with an OPS of .827 versus one with an OPS of .621.

    Sincerely yours,
    Quant Geek

  4. Aaron Bradley

    Suarez doesn’t have the range to play SS on a daily basis. If anything, we want him to bulk up and become even more of a protypical power guy.

    • Mike V

      Agreed .. Leave Peraza at SS people .. That’s where he belongs

  5. Eddiek957

    I think homer schould be shut down for the year. He seems to be like Bronson marquee for a whole season. I kind of hope he will be a pleasant surprise next year but this year why risk career ending injury

  6. Scott Gennett

    Another area of concern, besides starting pitching and Bailey’s contract, is the decline on Votto’s production at a clip of -200 OPS points between 2017-2018. At that rate he won’t make it past next season, with his contract still running until 2024.

    • Rich H

      His peripherals are actually very good in contrast to his OPS decline, FWIW.

      • big5ed

        Votto doesn’t hit lefties even close to what he could in his prime. His OPS this year against lefties is .685. His skill is drawing walks, but his average exit velocity this year is below MLB average.

        He turns 35 next year, so the decline should be expected. The league is unrelenting. Other teams, no longer fearing his bat, will slowly begin to throw him more strikes, making the walks harder to come by and placing him more and more in pitcher’s counts. In fact, Votto has generally fared worse this year against the NL Central than the league in general, which would suggest that the teams most familiar with him have already adjusted how they are pitching him.

  7. Scott Gennett

    There’re some players in current roster that shall be cut-loose, non-tendered or traded if possible, as they’ve received plenty of opportunities and continue to under perform, namely Hamilton, Bailey and Stephenson, with Finnegan and Reed being very close. Just adding by substracting.

    • DEN

      Bob’s Uber rich, eat the 28 million. If he can’t he needs to sell the team to owners with money.

  8. gusnwally

    JimT, I agree 100%. You couldn’t win games with Koufax, Alexander,Grove,Gibson and Bailey.

  9. Jeff Reed

    If Bailey and/or Harvey are in the starting mix of next season, get ready for another disappointing, losing year. At least one solid pitcher is needed by either trade or monetary acquisition. Standing still will mean more of the same. The Reds are gradually taking on the epithet of the pre-1950’s Brooklyn Dodgers, ‘wait till next year.’

  10. DEN

    So your going to move your best player from a place he has become comfortable for an unproven unknown commidity? How about we leave people where they are and trade Senzel for some actual major league pitching.

  11. DEN

    Last night’s game should have never been played. This holding the fans hostage or loss of tickets is ridiculously absurd. If they can’t start a game within sixty minutes of stated start time then games need to be cancelled and either full refund issue or ability to trade tickets for a future game. This greed by MLB is absurd.

    • DEN

      That idea of one hour and trade option is perfect. I live in Indy and getting home at around 3am isn’t appealing but if I had another ticket I would drive back over.

    • big5ed

      I am not a Cincinnati or Ohio taxpayer, but the idea of taxpayers’ spending an extra $100 million or more to eliminate a few rain delays makes no sense at all to me.

      • Jim Walker

        I chose Safeco because it is in “rain country”. It is not an enclosed stadium, it merely has a retractable, i.e. sliding, roof which provides cover to the playing field and seats: thus they don’t have the HVAC costs of an enclosed stadium either at construction or operation.

        I believe it is more than fair that the leagues (MLB/NFL) and teams should bear the cost of such an amenity as a retractable roof (and even more of the general stadium costs than they have in the past).

  12. Jeff The Ref

    Keep Schebler he is contract friendly the next few years plus he creams left handed pitching.

  13. sezwhom

    Ervin is hitting .279/.349/.448 on the season. If nothing else, he’s put himself in the mix to make this club out of spring training next year.

    It’s time for Ervin to play everyday and Billy to sit. Or move him. We’ve given Hamilton enough chances. Winker, Ervin, Schebler next year.

    • big5ed

      My guess is that they will keep Gennett another year, deal Hamilton, and promote Senzel in mid-April. That gives them 8 regulars to fill the 7 non-battery positions.

      As a practical matter, then, Senzel will have to play several positions. They would ideally sit at least one of the lefties (Gennett, Votto, Schebler and Winker) against LH starters, with Senzel and Ervin always playing instead, and Winker playing first when Votto sits. Senzel could also spot-start at third, and maybe a handful of times at short.

      They need to start working on it with Senzel in the Arizona Fall League, not wait until April 5.

  14. jeffery stroupe

    At least Ervin starting today, Williams sits, Hamilton in center.