The Cincinnati Reds (61-83) split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres (57-88) over the weekend. Here’s the rundown of what happened.
Michael Lorenzen (3-1, 2.97 ERA) got the win Friday after turning in three shutout innings in relief of Anthony DeSclafani who was touched up for four runs on eight hits in four innings.
Matt Harvey (7-8, 4.87) pitched a gem on Saturday, fanning ten Friars in six innings while allowing two runs. The game was called in the top of the seventh as this entire weekend was nothing but rain.
Luis Castillo (8-12, 4.79) allowed five runs in five innings and was saddled with the loss in the series opener on Thursday. He did manage to strike out seven, expanding his season total to 149.
Raisel Iglesias (2-4, 2.59) allowed a ninth inning homer to the Padres’ Eric Hosmer after a 92-minute rain delay to endure his fourth loss. It was not a save situation, however, as the score was tied at six, thanks to a fifth inning rally, but more on that in a minute.
Bats Keep Rolling
The unquestioned strength of this Reds team, throughout the year, kept going with the Padres in town. The hit .264 for the four games, with an on-base percentage of .335 (right in line with their season mark of .334). Only the Cubs have a better team-OBP this season. There were also seven homers, including a pair of grand slams to set a club record, one by Scott Schebler and one by Joey Votto (more about him in a sec).
The Reds had four innings, during the weekend, where they scored four runs, or more, including a seven-run second inning on Saturday.
Players of Note
Joey Votto – As previously mentioned, Joseph Daniel hit a grand slam and then followed up with a three0run bomb on Sunday. His pair of dingers brought his season total to 11 and produced seven RBI. He drew five walks, eclipsing the 100-walk mark for the year. That’s the sixth time in his career he’s gotten at least 100 walks in a season. He ties the immortal Joe Morgan for most seasons with 100 walks in a Reds uniform. He’s going down as the best pure hitter in Reds history, boys and girls. Feel free to @ me.
Phil Ervin – My guy! Okay, so it was really just Friday’s win that I’m focused on, but he spearheaded the effort. Dude went 3-for-3 with two homers and a single and one awesome suicide squeeze. He knocked in four runs, he scored four times, and was on base all four plate appearances (one walk). He even made a diving catch in the outfield. Please, manager-to-be-named-later, give this dude a shot at the center field spot next year!
Jose Peraza – He just keeps hitting. Three multi-hit games in four is pretty good, if you ask me. He’s raised his season average to .290 and even added five RBI and three runs. He’ll make the list as one of the top positives to take away from 2018.
The Reds now move to a three game set at home with the Dodgers. Keep an eye on @lockedonReds and @jefffcarr for the series preview and game coverage!
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