Pie in the face was a staple practical joke in the era of silent movies. Lately, it’s what the Reds have been doing to their fans, losing to the worst teams in baseball. The Reds are now 63-77 under Jim Riggleman, 23-39 since the All-Star break.
Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-92)Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Kansas City Royals 4 (55-102)
Matt Harvey pitched five innings, giving up three runs on 6 strikeouts and no walks. No matter how you look at the data, it doesn’t support the claim that he has gotten better as he has gotten healthier as the year has progressed. Coming into tonight, in Harvey’s 23 starts for the Reds over 123 innings, he has an 4.46 ERA while the NL average ERA is 4.02.
Amir Garrett pitched two shutout innings and David Hernandez did the same in the 8th. But Hunter Dozier greeted Raisel Iglesias with a leadoff 383-foot homer to left center.
The Reds, who were shutout 5 times on the past road trip, got on the board when Dilson Herrera, pinch hitting for Harvey, hit a 2-run homer. Phillip Ervin, who had singled, also scored. The Reds have given Herrera a tiny amount of playing time this year and have done little to find him any. That seems like a missed opportunity.
Ervin tied the game in the 7th with a sharp single to left field after Scooter Gennett had tripled down the first base line. The Reds had a chance to go ahead in the 8th when the loaded the bases with no outs. Scott Schebler led off with a walk. Jose Peraza grounded between short and third and Joey Votto benefited from a swinging bunt. But then Eugenio Suarez, who has been in a brutal, month-long slump, grounded out to short (force at home), Gennett struck out and Ervin grounded out.