Ervin (3-for-4) seizing chance with clutch HRs

Ervin (3-for-4) seizing chance with clutch HRs

CHICAGO -- Heading into Wednesday night, Reds rookie outfielder Phillip Ervin had three call ups and no hits in the big leagues on his resume. In less than 24 hours, Ervin's statistical line dramatically changed.

During Thursday's wild 13-10 Reds win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Ervin was 3-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs. His two-run homer in the seventh inning against Justin Grimm snapped a 9-9 tie and helped his club stave off what would have been a demoralizing loss. On Wednesday with two outs in the top of the seventh and Cincinnati trailing by a 6-1 score, Ervin slugged Hector Rondon's first-pitch fastball for his first big league hit -- a home run that sparked a comeback effort in a 7-6 loss.

"To come out here and have early success right now, it's always a great feeling, especially since I have struggled through the Minors a little bit," said Ervin, who was a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday. "I came up here and I'm showing them I can play. It feels good. I'm taking it as it as and trying to have fun right now."

Ervin's first career hit a homer

Ervin was recalled on Monday from Triple-A Louisville and entered Wednesday's game in a double switch and played right field. He had two pinch-hit at-bats in April during his first stint for the Reds, and did not play at all when he was up from Aug. 1-5.

The longer wait made the first hit all the sweeter for Ervin.

"I'm so glad to get that off my back. I feel like that pressure is gone," Ervin said before the game. "Trying to get that first hit can be kind of tough sometimes, because you want it so bad. I'm just kind of happy that's over with now. Hopefully there's many more to come."

Clearly, there were more hits to come on Thursday, when Ervin got his first start -- a move manager Bryan Price had already planned before Wednesday's game.

During the nine-run rally vs. the Cubs in the second inning, Ervin batted twice and hit a RBI single to left field and an RBI double to left-center field.

Reds' huge 2nd inning

"Fortunately, Phil was able to take care of business," Price said after Thursday's win.

This latest promotion could be short once again. The Reds are expecting regular right fielder Scott Schebler to rejoin the club in Atlanta on Friday. Schebler is on the 10-day disabled list with bruises in his left rotator cuff.

"It's a good opportunity for [Ervin] to come in and get a start," Price said. "We know certainly that Schebler is going to come back and that might affect Phil's playing time or status here."

Price on the Reds' huge win

Schebler is scheduled to play one more rehab assignment game with Louisville.

"He had some good at-bats yesterday, hit the ball on the screws three times, played right field," Price said. "There are no limitations to him right now. It's just a matter of getting him a few more at-bats tonight and I would anticipate seeing him in Atlanta."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.