|Cincinnati Reds (61-80)||2||6||0|
|New York Mets (61-79)||7||11||0|
|W: Harvey (5-4) L: Mahle (0-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Not much to say here, as this was a lackluster base ball contest. Scott Schebler had two hits, including a double. Phillip Ervin walked and doubled, and drove in a run.
Jackson Stephens pitched a couple of scoreless innings of relief. It was Stephens’ second big league outing, and his first in a relief role.
–The Reds scored in the top of the first, when Ervin — starting in center field for the injured Billy Hamilton — walked to lead off the game, moved to third on a Joey Votto single, then scored on an Adam Duvall sac fly.
One inning later, the good guys took a 2-0 lead. Schebler led off with a double. Two outs later, Ervin doubled him home.
–Rookie Tyler Mahle was not sharp: 4 innings, 3 runs allowed on 6 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts. Mahle’s continuing struggles with command are a bit surprising, given his minor league numbers. But he’s pitching in the majors for the first time. Young pitchers are notoriously inconsistent, you know?
It was the first sub-par performance of Mahle’s big league career. There will be better days for this kid.
–Tim Adleman pitched the fifth inning and surrendered two solo home runs. Alejandro Chacin pitched the sixth inning and surrendered two runs of his own. Only gave up one homer, though.
–I don’t have any thoughts. This wasn’t a good game. Tomorrow will be better.
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