The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Matt Harvey continued his string of not truly pitching ‘deep’ into games, but he was once again effective on the mound - and, once again, was still doing so for the Cincinnati Reds after not being moved to the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the day despite a previous waiver claim.
Harvey was chased after getting an out into the Bottom of the 6th, but finished with 5.1 innings of 1 ER ball, scattering 5 hits and a walk while fanning 6 in his 83 pitch outing. Spectacular? No. Solid? Yes, and the kind of outing that makes you think there’s a chance he can still be a mid-rotation starter for a team going forward. Considering the rumors are the Bob Castellini is a big fan of Harvey and that the righty wasn’t moved today, there’s an increasing chance that we’ll see that reality play out with Harvey and the Reds beyond just the 2018 season.
We can only hope they don’t think he can be - and that they don’t pay him to be - an ace once again.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who clubbed another homer; Phil Ervin, who continued his hot-hitting with an RBI double; and Cody Reed, who bailed Harvey out of a jam and fired an additional scoreless, hitless inning, too.
- It appeared for a minute that Mason Williams had launched a dinger off Alec Mills in the Top of the 2nd, though replay confirmed it was merely a double as the ball had ricocheted off the railing that holds the netting on the OF wall. It became a moot point a batter later, though, as Williams scooted home on Ervin’s RBI double. Reds led, 1-0.
- The Cubs finally got to Matt Harvey in the Bottom of the 6th. Willson Contreras opened the inning with a single, and he moved up to 2B two batters later on Albert Almora’s single. Daniel Murphy then singled, too, loading the bases for NL RBI leader Javy Baez, who singled to chase Harvey from the game and to score Contreras. That brought Cody Reed in to face Anthony Rizzo with 1-out and the bags juiced, who grounded softly back to Reed to begin an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. Game tied, 1-1.
- Daniel Murphy un-tied the game in the Bottom of the 8th, unfortunately, as he tattooed a Jared Hughes meatball for a solo dinger into the RF seats, putting the Reds behind, 2-1.
- Suarez, though, was not about to let this one end so easily, as he turned around a Pedro Strop meatball in the Top of the 9th for a solo blast that re-tied the game, 2-2.
- Raisel Iglesias was brought on for the Bottom of the 10th, and his day was rather short as David Bote deee-stroyed a hanging breaking ball into the LF stands for a walk-off solo dinger. Reds lost, 3-2.
- Matt Harvey was pulled back by the Reds just before his start today, as the Milwaukee Brewers - who had claimed Harvey earlier in the week - couldn’t reach an agreement with Cincinnati for a deal. That means Harvey can’t be put back on waivers, and will likely remain with the Reds for the rest of the year. He’s a free agent at season’s end, in case you forgot.
- Luis Castillo for start for the Reds against Chicago on Saturday afternoon, and he’ll opposed by southpaw Jose Quintana. First pitch is set for 2:20 PM ET.