The Cincinnati Reds (55-69) had themselves quite a weekend as they bounced back and swept the San Francisco Giants (61-64).
After a dramatic Friday night walk-off homer in the 11th inning by Phil Ervin, the Reds piled 18 runs on the board for the next two games, running the Giants out of Great American Ballpark with two more losses. The bats collected 28 hits on Saturday and Sunday and managed a team batting average of .394 in those pair of games. Let’s look a little deeper.
The Lineup – Saturday and Sunday
This was the kind of weekend that saw some guys boost their season stats nicely. Scooter Gennett collected five hits and raised his average back to .314. Jose Peraza (.292) also had five hits, including a pair of home runs, and scored four times. Ervin (.296), Eugenio Suarez (.297), and Curt Casali (.333) all had three hits, with Casali’s all coming on Sunday.
The Redlegs, sitting at .259, have the fourth best team batting average in Major League Baseball.
No greater example of the Reds the roller coaster season exists than the Reds pitching performances. On Saturday and Sunday, it was all good.
Matt Harvey (6-7) had a no-hitter into the sixth inning as he pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball. He had as many strikeouts as base runners allowed (five). His ERA is now below 5.00 (4.91). Could that have been the last start for him in a Reds uniform?
Luis Castillo (7-10) followed that up with a stellar performance of his own, tossing 6.2 innings. He did allow three runs, though only one was earned, on six hits, but he also struck out nine. Castillo is rounding into form as we near the end of the season and I won’t be surprised if we still think of him as the ave for 2019.
The bullpen, via Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, allowed a run in each game, but managed to keep San Francisco from making either game interesting. The Reds sport a 4.12 bullpen ERA for the season.
Manager Jim Riggelman inserted Billy Hamilton back into his old role as the leadoff hitter, for Saturday and Sunday. He disappeared on Saturday, going 0-for-4, but made up for it on Sunday with a pair of triples. I may write some more on Billy as he has this uncanny ability to show you just enough of how awesome it would be if he hit like we all think he can. His biggest problem is it’s not for a game or two, here or there.
Tucker’s Hole-y Glove
One last bit about the weekend, Tucker Barnhart, Manning first base in place of the injured Joey Votto, had a bit of a mishap in Sunday’s game.
The Reds now hit the road to take on the Brewers. Keep an eye on Locked on Reds for the preview of that series.
Could he? Would he? May he? Things looking slightly up for the Reds prospects of getting Dallas Keuchel.
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