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Dingers doom Matt Harvey as Brewers pound Reds 7-0


MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Scooter Gennett picked up a single and a pair of walks, the former pumping his season average up to .317 on the season. The Cincinnati Reds 2B currently sits just a few points behind opponent Christian Yelich in the race for the NL batting title as things stand, as the talented Milwaukee Brewers OF lays claim to a .319 average after play tonight.

Still, that’s some impressive work from Scooter against his former team, especially when every other bat in the lineup fell completely silent on the night.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Phil Ervin, who singled and scored; and Matt Wisler, who looked awfully impressive in 1.2 IP of scoreless, hitless work (that included 2 Ks).

Key Plays

  • Milwaukee got the scoring started in the Bottom of the 1st after - you guessed it - Yelich doubled and later scored on a Jesus Aguilar single. Reds trailed, 1-0.
  • It was Aguilar again putting the finishing touches on a thump of the Reds in the Bottom of the 3rd, as he backed up a pair of defensive brainfarts by the Reds with a towering opposite-field dinger of the 3-run variety off Matt Harvey that left the Reds behind, 4-0.
  • It was a similar story against Harvey in the Bottom of the 6th, as Jim Riggleman tried and tried to get his starter through the inning as he was approaching 100 pitches. Domingo Santana “tripled” on a ball that fell in between Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler in CF as both pulled up rather than collide, and Mike Moustakas was then walked to set up a potential double play with 1-out. Manny Pina then stepped to the plate, fouled off pitch after pitch, and as Harvey’s total number of pitches crossed the 100 mark, Pina eventually bashed a monster 3-run dinger on the 13th (I believe) pitch of the PA to end Harvey’s night and put Cincinnati in an insurmountable 7-0 hole.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Harvey didn’t pitch too poorly, honestly, and got next to no help from both his defense and his manager. His final line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K on 104 pitches.
  • The Reds head to Miami, and they’ll start a four game weekend series that means basically nothing against the Marlins on Thursday at 7:10 PM ET. Cody Reed will toe the rubber for the Reds against [insert pitcher for Miami you’ve never heard of].
  • Tunes.