The Short Version: I dunno what to tell you. This isn’t fun.
|Cincinnati Reds (65-88)||0||2||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (87-66)||7||7||0|
|W: Gonzalez (9-11) L: Harvey (7-9)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Scooter Gennett reached base three times, on a single and two walks. (He still trails Christian Yelich — who does not play for the Cincinnati Reds — in the batting average race.)
–Matt Wisler and Jackson Stephens pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.
–Two hits. The Reds collected just two hits. TOS.
–The Reds self-destructed in the bottom of the third. Down 1-0, Matt Harvey walked the leadoff hitter, who just happened to be Milwaukees pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Next, Harvey fielded a ground ball and Joey Votto was about a million miles from first base for some reason; looked like he just spaced out. Then, as tends to happen, Jesus Aguilar destroyed a ball for a three-run homer.
–Similar story in the sixth. With one out, Milwaukee’s Domingo Santana lifted a soft fly ball in the right-center field gap. Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler did not communicate, I guess, because the ball dropped between them and got by them both for a triple. After an intentional walk, Harvey battled Manny Pina for 13 pitches before giving up another three-run homer. Reds 0, Brewers 7. Ugh.
–Only nine games to go. Catch Reds Fever while you can!
–If the Reds go 3-6 the rest of the way, it’ll be a third straight season with a final record of 68-94.
–That was the fifth time Cincinnati has been shut out by Milwaukee this season. The last time the Reds were shut out five times by a single team in one season: 1960, when Dick Groat’s Pittsburgh Pirates turned the trick.
–Really hoping Scooter can win the batting title. That’d be a fun little footnote to a miserable season.
–I know it sounds ridiculous, but Harvey actually didn’t pitch terribly (see above for the shenanigans in the fourth and sixth innings). But thanks to two bad pitches, he surrendered 7 runs on 7 hits in five and a third.
Then again, not really sure why Harvey was still in the game to give up that last three-run homer, but whatever. Interim manager Jim Riggleman is a genius, and I will not question his decisions. Tonight.
–In the ninth inning, Votto collected his 1100th career walk. That’s second in Reds history behind Pete Rose, and it’s also second among all active players (behind Albert Pujols).
–President of baseball operations Dick Williams says the Reds will look to free agency and the trade market to improve the starting rotation for 2019. He knows just what to say to make me happy.
–Tonight is the 71st recap that I’ve written this season (yes, the game bored me so I did a little math). But this wasn’t the best game of that 71. But I watched it for you guys!
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.