Phillip Ervin was with the Cincinnati Reds for five days to begin the month of August. You may not have noticed because in those five days the team played five games and Ervin didn’t appear in a single one of them. There was even a rather good spot to play him when Billy Hamilton was ejected early and the team needed someone to take over in center. Bryan Price chose to go with Patrick Kivlehan instead.
Things have been a bit different this time around. On Wednesday night Phillip Ervin entered the game in a double switch and took full advantage of finally seeing the field by racking up his first hit, which also turned out to be a home run.
On Thursday afternoon he was back in the lineup for the Reds and once again took advantage of the playing time. In the second inning he singled, drove in a run and later scored. Later in the second inning he came back to the plate and doubled in another run. In the 4th inning he fly out to end the inning. In the 7th inning he came up with a runner on and smacked his second home run in as many days,
The Cubs were clearly terrified of Phillip Ervin by this point, so to lead off the 9th inning they walked him. He moved up to second on a sac bunt and then scored from there on an infield single, showing off his plus speed. He would finish the day by going 3-4 with a walk, double, home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
With Scott Schebler due back as early as tomorrow, the Reds may send Phillip Ervin back to Triple-A Louisville. I can’t imagine that we won’t see him up in September, and there’s also a small chance he could stay up even if Schebler comes back – but it seems to be the most likely move, especially with the team maybe also needing to add another pitcher to give the bullpen some depth for the next few days.