The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Phil Ervin has been the rare “blocked” prospect for the Cincinnati Reds to actually get a path to some playing time, stay healthy, and produce like crazy in his time in 2018, and on Friday he had his biggest night as a big leaguer.
Mr. Magic went 3 for 3 with a walk, a pair of dingers, 4 runs scored, and 4 runs driven in form his left field spot, adding a diving catch to save a would-be extra-base hit on defense for good measure. While the likes of Dilson Herrera, Nick Senzel, and Alex Blandino have all either seen opportunities to get playing time be lost due to either injury or the presence of All Stars in front of them, Erv has largely taken the opportunity presented to him by the injury to Jesse Winker and the trade of Adam Duvall to show what he can do, and tonight, especially, he’s looked pretty dang good doing so.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Scott Schebler, who cranked a grand slam; Jose Peraza, who went 2 for 5 with a 3-run double; and that Padres pitcher named Wick, who surrendered a pile of runs to the Reds in my stead so they could finally get back in the win column.
- The key-est play on the evening was a 2+ hour rain delay that pushed the start time of this one back late enough to where the Reds wouldn’t finish until after midnight. So, in lieu of a detailed play-by-play, just know that Anthony DeSclafani got knocked around a bit early, the two teams played see-saw ball with the lead for the first handful of innings, and a 5-run 6th inning - which featured Schebler’s grand slam - broke the doors open on things.
- Reds won, 12-6, which you know from the title of this thing.
- Schebler’s grand slam was the 10th on the season for the Reds, which sets a single-season team record. The 2002 vintage had also clubbed 9.
- Matt Harvey will continue to start for these Reds, with his next outing set for Saturday’s contest between these two clubs. First pitch is set for 4:10 PM ET.