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Big offense backs big pitching from Matt Harvey, Reds beat Giants 7-1

A lotta good things happened tonight.

Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star(s) of the Game

Tonight we give dap to those that are still Reds, for some reasons that may not be obvious to all of us.

Scooter Gennett was never going to be traded at the deadline, probably. But there were plenty of good arguments for why he should’ve been. His value will likely never be higher than it was then. He’s cooled off somewhat dramatically since (though he’s played very well over the last three), playing much more like the player he played like when he was released in Milwaukee.

Still, he’s been very good on the whole for the Reds. We’ll have to wait and see what happens this winter and, maybe, throughout 2019 with regards to Scooter’s status with this team. But he’s still with the Reds tonight, and he knocked three hits for the 15th time this season.

Matt Harvey should’ve been traded at the deadline. The fact that he wasn’t is somewhat shocking, really. It’s looking more likely than not that he’ll walk away from Cincinnati without the Reds getting anything in returns.

Still, he was very good again tonight, firing 6 and a third of four hit, 5 strikeout baseball. He’s garnered nothing but rave reviews from the clubhouse and team management, and he certainly seems like he’s having a much better time in Cincinnati than he was having of late in New York. It’s weird to say, but there have been several times this season where Matt Harvey’s been the grown up in the room, making a big start and getting big results when the Reds needed it most.

So, have one, Matt. Still don’t understand why you’re still here.

Honorable mention to Michael Lorenzen, who worked out of a bases loaded, no out situation in the 8th allowing only one run to score. Jose Peraza hit a dinger and a double, while Dilson Herrera started, walked, and donged.

Key Plays

  • It took until the bottom of the 4th inning to get the scoring going, but [checks the scoreboard] that’s an okay thing, because the Reds are the home team and they are batting in the bottom of the inning. Jose Peraza did a little yardwork to lead things off, followed in short order by a Scooter Gennett single. Eugenio Suarez and Phillip Ervin recorded the first two outs of the inning in succession, but Tucker Barnhart sent a double the other way to put runners at 2B and 3B. Dilson Herrera worked a 4-pitch walk before Brandon Dixon blooped a broken bat double down the first base line to score two. Matt Harvey would ground out to end the frame, but the Reds get 3 and lead, 3-0.
  • Peraza got it started again in the bottom of the 5th, doubling with one out. Scooter singled again, putting runners at the corners, before Suarez worked a walk to load them up. Ervin flyed out to CF, a sacrifice that scored Peraza from 3B and Scooter from 2B after Posey missed the throw from center field and then lost the ball altogether. Reds up, 5-0.
  • Dilson Herrera led off the bottom of the 6th with a big fly to centerfield. A towering no doubter it was. 6-0, Reds.
  • With one out in the 7th, Scooter doubled, and then was knocked in by Suarez to add another run to the Reds lead, 7-0.
  • The Giants got on the board in the 8th. Cody Reed loaded the bases with no outs before being relieved of his duties by Michael Lorenzen, and M. Lo allowed only Andrew McCutchen to score on a groundout from Evan Longoria. Reds, 7-1.
  • That was that. This one belongs to the Reds. 7-1.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Hey! Dilson Herrera started tonight in left field. It’s almost like some guys are capable of playing more than one position and that you can be a little creative to get young players at bats! (Of course all Dilson did was walk and dong against Madison freakin’ Bumgarner).
  • Can we trade Matt Harvey now?
  • Scooter Gennett now leads the league in three hit games, at 15. He gathered 14 such games combined over the three previous years.
  • The Reds and Giants will finish up their 2018 slate against one another tomorrow afternoon. Andrew Suarez will pitch for the Giants, facing off against Luis Castillo for the Reds. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EDT.
  • Tunes.