The Short Version: Reds get a strong start from Anthony DeSclafani, and the bullpen shut down the Giants long enough for Phillip Ervin to hit a walkoff home run in the 11th inning.
|Final — 11 innings||R||H||E|
|San Francisco Giants (61-62)||1||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (53-69)||2||11||0|
|W: Hernandez (5-0) L: Black (2-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–In the bottom of the 11th inning, Phillip Ervin crushed a solo home run of the walkoff variety. Reds win!
WALK. IT. OFF. ⚾️🎇
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) August 18, 2018
–Yet another outstanding start from Anthony DeSclafani: 7.2 innings, one run allowed on six hits and a walk. Disco struck out five, and actually should have made it through eight full innings, but Curt Casali let a third strike get past him to extend the inning. Either way, great start.
In fact, DeSclafani is the first Reds pitcher to throw at least seven innings in three consecutive starts since…well, since DeSclafani did it back in 2016.
–Scooter Gennett had three hits, including a double. Jose Peraza and Casali had two hits each, and Casali drove in a run. Eugenio Suarez had a hit and a walk. Tucker Barnhart doubled, scored a run, and played a passable first base; it was his first career start at the position.
–Raisel Iglesias pitched two shutout innings in relief. I will never not enjoy that. Also, kudos to Jared Hughes and David Hernandez for shutting down the Giants after Disco left the game.
–The Reds left nine runners on base, and for a long time it appeared they were going to waste some terrific pitching. But it all worked out in the end, right?
–Rough season, sure, but wins like this are still fun. Baseball, ya know?
–This is the DeSclafani we had hoped to see for so, so long. Gotta think injuries have robbed Disco of a couple of really good seasons, seasons in which he would have been one of the better pitchers in the league.
–I’m skeptical about whether Phillip Ervin can be a starter in the big leagues long-term. But as I said on the most recent podcast, there is literally no reason that he isn’t starting 5 times a week for the rest of the season. Once again tonight, Ervin didn’t start because interim manager Jim Riggleman generally prefers Mason Williams and Preston Tucker in the outfield.
Ervin did enter as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, and he delivered the big blow in the bottom of the 11th. For the season, he’s hitting .287/.353/.455, and he’s been unstoppable since returning to the big leagues.
Seriously, what’s the upside to having Ervin (and Dilson Herrera, for that matter) on the bench every single day? Wouldn’t this be an ideal time to learn some things about these guys?
–Aaaah, who cares. Reds win!
Quote of the day, if not the year. Tucker Barnhart in 10:30 a.m. text to Riggleman after being told he's playing 1B: "You already drinking on the off day?". #Reds
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) August 17, 2018
With all of the bad injury news, why not some good stuff? Nick Senzel was taking practice swings today in Goodyear – as seen on his instagram stories. Got to take the good news when you can get it.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) August 17, 2018
Joey Votto is now on the disabled list because @RyanMadson46 hit him with a pitch intentionally. Someone explain to me how this is different than Acuna getting hit earlier this week?
Why hasn't Madson already been suspended by the league? https://t.co/nHQGQDmqPp
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) August 17, 2018
Mason Williams and Preston Tucker continue to get regular starts while Phil Ervin sits. I guess it isn't a legit real lost Reds season without a few bums taking reps from decent prospects.
— Charlie Scrabbles (@ChuckScrabbles) August 17, 2018
Hamilton is making his first start batting leadoff since 4/26 vs Atl, snapping his streak of 82 straight starts batting ninth. Peraza is hitting second, snapping his streak of 26 straight starts batting leadoff.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) August 17, 2018
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 18, 2018
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