The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Matt Harvey pitching a game for the Cincinnati Reds in August was not something I thought I’d be writing about after he was traded to the Reds in May. He made his second start in the month of August after not getting traded at the deadline, and it was arguably his best start of the season. He, outside of a 2-run home run given up in the top of the 4th, shut down the Diamondbacks tonight and kept the game within reach for the Reds. In all, he threw 7 innings and allowed only 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7. He also drove in a run to tie the game in the bottom of that same inning. Have a trophy, Matt. I’m not sure how many starts you’ll make in a Reds uniform, but hopefully they are more like this.
Honorable mentions go to: Tucker Barnhart, for giving the Reds the lead for good with a pinch-hit, 2-RBI double in the bottom of the 8th; Phillip Ervin, for going 1 for 4 with a RBI-double; and Billy Hamilton, for going 2 for 4 and driving in a run.
- Things were quiet until the top of the 4th inning. AJ Pollock led off with a single to right and then scored on a 2-run dinger by Eduardo Escobar. D’Backs led, 2-0.
- The Reds were able to immediately tie things up in the bottom of the inning. Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. That brought up Phil Ervin, who smoked a double to left to bring in Suarez and cut the lead to 1. After a Brandon Dixon fly-out and a Curt Casali strikeout, Matt Harvey would hit a liner to right for a RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.
- Things stayed that way for a while, until David Peralta homered to right in the top of the 8th to give Arizona a 3-2 lead.
- The bottom of the 8th is where the Reds were able to finally get the bats going. Eugenio Suarez led off again with a HBP and then moved to second on a Phil Ervin groundout. Curt Casali would walk after a Brandon Dixon strikeout to put runners on first and second. That brought up Tucker Barnhart, who laced a double to left-center to bring in Casali and Suarez and give the Reds a 4-3 lead. Billy Hamilton would then single to center to bring in Barnhart. After the D’backs, for some reason, walked Jose Peraza intentionally, Joey Votto would single to left to bring Billy in. Reds led, 6-3.
- Raisel Iglesias would retire the side in order in the 9th to give the Reds the win.
- A nice little nugget on Harvey’s performance tonight:
Williams is pinch hitting for Harvey, who threw 7.0 innings for the first time since 4/21/17 for NYM vs Wsh and who recorded 7 strikeouts for the first time since 6/10/2016 for NYM at Mil (8k).— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) August 12, 2018
- Billy Hamilton once again provided some fireworks out in center, when he robbed Paul Goldschmidt of a hit in the top of the first inning. This kid is still so much fun to watch patrol the outfield.
- The Reds will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon against these same Diamondbacks. Luis Castillo will look to continue his string of strong performances as he takes the mound for the Reds. He will face off against Zack Godley. First pitch is at 1:10 PM ET.