Manager David Bell talks about Phillip Ervin's six-shot game and the Reds' 17-9 win over the Rockies on Saturday.
Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer
DENVER – Before Phillip Ervin spoke in the seventh inning on Saturday, his teammates told him in canoe that he needed a home run for the cycle. He already had four hits and that was a chance of the story.
Ervin had two runners in goal position, so he was looking to lift a ball in the air. Even if it was not a race at home, at least he could drive in a race with a sacrificial fly. In a count of two balls without a free kick, he shot a throw and then followed a hit. Once he has reached two strikes, his goal is to simply put the ball in play.
He hit a mere two dots in the middle and this went into the story in a different way. After a single in the ninth inning, Ervin became the fourth player in franchise history to produce six hits in a match and the first since Walker Cooper on July 6, 1949.
"It's amazing to be part of history in history," said Ervin, who was later caught in the arms of several club mates. "It's really cool."
In a match that included 26 points, 39 hits, six doubles, five triples and six homers, the Reds had a historic offensive night in their wild 17-9 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Everything happened after a pre-game rain delay of 3 hours and 8 minutes.
Historical figures? The Reds have had five triples in a game for the first time since June 5, 1929. It was the first time that a team had scored five triples in a match at Coors Field. According to Elias Sports Bureau, they became the first team since at least 1900 to hit five triples and three home runs in a match.
The Reds had 12 more base wins, their highest total since August 26, 2001 in Montreal. They scored 24 hits, their highest number since May 19, 1999, a team record of 28 shots, which happened at Coors Field.
For a team that has had offensive problems for a month, Denver's vast field and high altitude were the perfect elixir. The 17 races have been the highest total of the Reds since 2005.
"It's like Cincinnati, racing is never enough here in this park," Nick Senzel said. "We have to keep coming and going and going."
The Reds, who were 4-0 after the first run, scored in six of nine innings. Senzel, Yasiel Puig and José Peraza each had four hits. It was the second time in the history of the club that four red hitters had at least four hits. The first time was in 1940.
The teammates were delighted with Ervin's historic evening because they had seen him sneak between the Majors and Triple-A Louisville seven times this season.
"It was incredible," said Senzel about Ervin. "He made a hell of a trip, he made the most of his opportunity, I do not think it could happen to a better guy, he's such a great guy, he can really play, he's neglected."
During the long delay of the rain, Derek Dietrich went to the weight room for a few bicep curls. It was a way to stay ready for the upcoming offensive marathon. Dietrich scored twice in three sets in the sixth inning. It was the first time the Reds held their heads.
After the first run of Dietrich since June 18, Puig followed with a two-point shot over the fence of the left field. Puig pumped his fist after his 40-meter circuit for a 10-7 lead.
"The ball is flying," Senzel said. "There are a lot of opportunities for shots because we know the championships are playing so deep, hard balls, balls and if you hit a ball, it's going to be okay. shots. "
Sometimes, just a few lucky rebounds to start a slugfest festival. In the second run, the Reds had two hits in infield – including one from Ervin – and an RBI bloop to Peraza's right field. Another race marked on a sacrificial fly.
Ervin's first shot of the night had an exit speed of 46.2 mph, well below the league average at 87.5 mph. The ball fell between first and second base.
"It all started with the broken bat cheapie," said Ervin. "That's how baseball can work, you can go up and blow up the first AB, I made my adjustments and threw everything else on the barrel."
Reds pitcher Tanner Roark had a catastrophic first run of 30 shots. Six of the first seven batters had a shot. Nolan Arenado crushed a two-run circuit on the left field, hitting a promotional sign that will allow a health care company to donate $ 5,000 to a charity. The Rockies had a quick lead of four points.
Roark conceded seven points and 13 goals in four innings and a career-high two-thirds, but at a very late-strike stage, there is no safe lead.
The Reds tied the score in the third inning after opening Senzel with a triple in the left gap. Joey Votto hit a RBI single on the left field and scored on a triple Ervin.
"It's all about you when you're not in the Major League," said David Bell, Reds coach, about Ervin. "But he has done everything to stay ready, he has such an attitude, he is an excellent teammate, I can not say enough about it, he has treated it like everything I do. I saw, it pays off. "
Colorado took a 7-5 lead in the fifth inning after Trevor Story and Daniel Murphy's solo returns. The Reds responded with their sixth run in five innings in a match that lasted 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Jared Hughes was the winning pitcher. He launched a throw.