It was an ugly game from a Cincinnati standpoint as San Francisco shut down the Reds, 6-0. Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer (W, 2-0) held Cincinnati to four hits in his five innings of work. He also struck out three batters as he snuffed out a pair of Reds rallies. Aubrey Huff homered and drove in two to lead the SF attack.
There’s not really a lot to talk about from the game as it seemed to be a throw-away from a win/loss standpoint for manager Dusty Baker. Only five guys projected to make the Opening Day roster saw action in the game. And the Reds failed to get any hits after the fifth inning, or even a single baserunner after the sixth.
Jonny Gomes was back in the lineup, as was Joey Votto, from Friday night. Votto singled and walked as he shows signs of getting back on track at the plate.
Gomes followed Friday’s 0-for-2 with another 0-for-2 on Saturday. He’s now been in the starting lineup for the last two games when the Reds faced righthanded starters. He came up with runners on the corners and no outs in the fourth inning. Wellemeyer punched him out swinging on a breaking pitch low and outside of the strike zone. Juan Francisco followed with a smash at the first base bag. But Huff snatched it, tagged the bag, and threw out Votto at second to snuff out the Reds best threat of the day. Neither Drew Stubbs or Chris Dickerson made the trip to Scottsdale.
The Giants touched up Reds starter Travis Wood (L, 0-1) in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on two homers. Wood, the Reds 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year at AA Carolina, gave up three runs in three innings of work against a Giants lineup that consisted mostly of projected Opening Day starters. Edgar Renteria hit a one-out solo homer down the left field line to open the scoring. Mark DeRosa then reached on an Aaron Miles error at second on a bouncing ball up the middle. Miles tried to backhand it, and couldn’t hang on. Then Huff blasted his 2-run shot to right center and it was 3-0, Giants in the first.
Reliever Mike Leake followed Wood and also gave up three runs in his three innings of work. San Fran got one in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Leake allowed seven hits and a walk. Logan Ondrusek had a nice outing, allowing just one hit in two innings with two strikeouts.
The Reds have now lost four of their last five, and will play a pair of split squad games on Sunday. Justin Lehr (0-0, 4.26) will lead one split squad team into battle as the Reds host the Cubs in Goodyear. Chicago goes with Carlos Silva (2-1, 6.00). That game will air on 700 WLW radio. The other split squad team travels to Phoenix for a date with the A’s. Johnny Cueto (1-1, 4.15) takes on Oakland’s Dallas Braden (0-0, 5.40) in that matchup. That game will be available through A’s radio via MLB.com. Game times for both are 4:05 (ET).
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Written by Dave Allen
I'm a lifelong Cincinnati sports fan who has been following the Reds and Bengals ever since I can remember. My first Reds game was Game 6 of the '72 World Series and my first Bengals game was an October 1975 clash with the Steelers. I've been involved in sports media since Junior High, when I assisted with scores for Bob Trumpy SportsTalk in 1979 on WLW Radio. My biggest Reds highlight came in 1998 when I was chosen to be the public address announcer at Riverfront Stadium (then called Cinergy Field) for Opening Day and the entire first homestand. I am thrilled to be involved with PSB and I hope you enjoy my entries!