Harvey hurt by homers as Reds' bats quieted

September 3rd, 2018

PITTSBURGH -- The Reds came into their three-game series with the Pirates having scored 37 runs over their last six games, but the offense fell quiet against Pittsburgh in a 5-1 loss at PNC Park on Monday afternoon.

Cincinnati was unable to get much going against Pirates right-hander . The Reds collected a pair of one-out hits off Williams in the first inning, but the righty successfully mixed his velocity and location en route to limiting Cincinnati to just five hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work.

"Williams kind of found his groove there a little bit after the first inning," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "A lot of changeups he got us on. He kept us off-balance, we didn't really do much. They added a couple [runs] late, but pretty much Williams was the story of the game."

Cincinnati collected seven hits, but went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position while stranding six runners on base.

Meanwhile, Matt Harvey had a significantly better outing than the last time he faced the Pirates -- when he allowed eight earned runs over 3 2/3 innings -- but was ultimately plagued by the long ball. After a quick out to open the first inning, the right-hander hung a 1-1 changeup that belted into the right-field seats to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Harvey settled in after allowing two hits in the opening frame, scattering three hits over the next four innings. He served up a leadoff single to Frazier in the sixth inning and, on the ensuing pitch, left a 93-mph fastball over the middle of the plate. The mistake resulted in a two-run home run off the bat of that increased Cincinnati's deficit to three runs.

"It's all about two pitches," Harvey said. "You throw a bad changeup, and a guy hits it out. … Then you leave a fastball right down the middle to a power hitter, and you give up two more runs. It's one of those you look back [at], and the numbers don't necessarily go with how the game went. But two pitches definitely cost me."

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Things further unraveled for the Reds defensively in the seventh inning when Scooter Gennett committed a throwing error that resulted in the Pirates having runners on second and third with one out. Two batters later, Frazier collected his fourth hit of the game -- a line-drive single to center field -- and drove in a pair of unearned runs to put the Pirates up, 5-0.

"That happens," Riggleman said of Gennett's gaffe. "Errors are part of the game. But the pitching that [Pittsburgh] put out there today shut us down. I think that was the most important thing."

The Pirates couldn't shut down Gennett in the eighth inning as the second baseman connected on a 2-2 fastball from right-hander and drove it out to right-center field for his 20th home run of the season, preventing the shutout.

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Early scoring opportunity squandered

In the first inning, Joey Votto accidentally poked a bunt down the third-base line on a checked swing for an infield single. Gennett then capped an 11-pitch at-bat with a double to deep center field, setting up runners on second and third with one out. The Reds couldn't capitalize, however, as took a called strike three and flew out to center field to end the scoring threat.

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Trahan's first hit in the big leagues

The Reds called up shortstop Blake Trahan from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. On Monday afternoon, just two days shy of his 25th birthday, Trahan made his first Major League start against the Pirates. If that wasn't momentous enough, he later collected his first Major League hit with a seventh-inning single to center field for good measure.

"I'm real happy for him," Riggleman said. "We've seen Blake in Spring Training for a few years. [He's] really a high-energy young man. I'm really happy for him and his family that he gets here and now he gets that hit, he got that out of the way. It's just going to be a great experience for him here in September."

HE SAID IT

"Obviously the way this season started, getting to 130-plus innings … I bet you there's a lot of people that didn't think that was possible. I think there's still a lot of work to be done for this season. Four or five more starts, whatever it is. Just got to go out and try to get better each time. Kind of flush an interesting season, and get ready for the offseason." -- Harvey, on his season

UP NEXT

Left-hander (0-1, 3.26 ERA) will take the mound against the Pirates at PNC Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Reed made his second start of the season on Thursday, allowing one earned run on four hits and earning a no-decision against the Brewers. Right-hander Joe Musgrove (5-8, 3.80) will start for the Pirates.