The Short Version: The Reds jump out to an early lead, but the bullpen wastes an excellent start by Matt Harvey.
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–Matt Harvey pitched six shutout innings, permitting only four hits and one walk, while striking out six. Exceptionally strong start for the Dark Knight.
–Jose Peraza and Joey Votto hit solo homers. That was the extent of the Reds offense.
–Votto was 2-4. Eugenio Suarez singled and walked. Billy Hamilton singled and walked twice. Those were the only players wearing Cincinnati uniforms who reached base more than once.
–David Hernandez came to the mound to begin the seventh inning, after Harvey pitched six shutout frames. Hernandez proceeded to vomit all over the field.
Hernandez did record one out. But, with a 2-0 lead, he also gave up three runs. That’s not ideal.
–Michael Lorenzen was, ummmm, not sharp in his first inning. But then he came back and pitched fairly well in his second frame. Either way, Lorenzen has really big muscles. So he has that going for him, which is nice.
–I am writing yet another game recap in yet another September of yet another miserable Cincinnati Reds season. If anyone ever questions our love of the ol’ Redlegs, just point them to this thread. Everyone who comments here gets a free pass. I love all of you.
–Only 14 games remaining in this exceptionally fun Cincinnati Reds season.
—Redleg Nation launched in 2005. Since we started talking about the Reds on a daily basis, the franchise has compiled a record of 1073-1181. That’s a sterling .476 winning percentage. Honestly, after doing the math, I’m surprised that it isn’t worse. Go Reds!
–If the Cincinnati Reds go 5-9 the rest of the way, it will be the third consecutive season in which they finish with a 68-94 record. #PositiveMomentum
–Joey Votto has the fourth-most opposite field hits in the National League this season. This has been another edition of “Obscure Stats From The Fox Sports Ohio Broadcast.”
–I dunno, Harvey was cruising and he had thrown 96 pitches. Easy to second-guess, but you gotta wonder if Interim Reds Manager Jim Riggleman (TM) should’ve left him in for one more inning. Because the game went completely off the cliff after Harvey went to the showers. But it wasn’t an obviously bad decision, I must concede.
–Only two Harvey starts remaining in 2018. But never fear: you’ll get to see him at least 25 times next season.
–I prefer it when the Cincinnati Reds win their scheduled baseball game. Perhaps tomorrow? The Reds can count on Cody Reed to beat Jon Lester, right?
Peraza is 1 of only 3 players in the Major Leagues with at least 168 hits, 30 doubles and 22 stolen bases (Cle's Francisco Lindor, 170-41-23 & KC's Whit Merrifield, 168-37-36).
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) September 15, 2018
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