The Giants are certainly glad they won’t be facing the Reds again this season.
Mike Leake lead the Cincinnati Reds (58-44) to an 8-3 win over the San Francisco Giants (46-55) allowing just one earned run on twelve hits in six plus innings. The Giants certainly had plenty of chances against Leake but only got a run in the 3rd with an RBI single by Hunter Pence.
Pence certainly had the bat swinging tonight going 5-5, all singles.
Meanwhile, Leake (W, 10-4) went 3-4 as a batter in the 9th spot and would score in the 4th inning off a fielder’s choice by Joey Votto.
Perhaps the best chance for the Giants to make a comeback in this contest was when the bases were loaded in the 7th being down by seven with nobody out. However, Reds reliever Sam LeCure came in getting Giants outfielder Jeff Francoeur to strike out, Buster Posey to ground into a fielder’s choice to 1st with the Reds getting the force out at home, and then cacther Guillermo Quiroz to strikeout looking to end the inning.
The Giants would get two runs back in the 8th on a double by Pablo Sandoval but they were too far behind for it to make a real difference.
As for the Reds offense, they managed to take advanatge of their scoring chances unlike the Giants. Votto started it off with a sac fly in the 1st inning to get an early one-run lead for Cincy.
Then in the 3rd inning, the Reds opened up on Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin (L, 4-2). Despite starting off the inning with a couple of outs, Cincy got a rally started and plated three runs against Gaudin. The first run came on a single by Brandon Phillips. Votto would manage to score on the play when Pence in right field missed Phillips’ hit allowing Votto to score all the way from 1st. Then with Phillips on 2nd, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce doubled to right allowing Phillips to score. After walking Todd Frazier, Gaudin would allow a 4th hit by the Reds in the inning to Catcher Devin Mesoraco. The single would allow Bruce to score from 2nd.
Gaudin would leave the game in the 4th inning after allowing two more runs to score and walking a third batter in the inning. Gaudin allowed six runs on seven hits and a season-high five walks.
Cincinnati wasn’t quite done scoring after Gaudin left. In the 6th, the Reds scored two more times with an RBI single by Phillips and another RBI single by Mesoraco. Both runs would count against Giants reliever Jose Mijares despite Mesoraco’s hit coming off of Jean Machi.
The series was mostly bad news for the Giants. Game one had the Reds blowout the champs 11-0 as Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo got the complete game shutout and his 100th career win. The Reds would score in every inning of the game except the 8th and the 9th.
Tim Lincecum (L, 5-10), who made his first start after his first career no-hitter nine days prior, allowed eight earned against the Reds only lasting 3 2/3 innings.
Game two was the first of a double header on Tuesday. The Reds would win that game 9-3. Giants starter Eric Surkamp made his 2013 debut. However, he lasted just 2 2/3 innings allowing seven earned runs on nine hits.
The second game on Tuesday night was a make up game between the Giants and the Reds that was originally supposed to be played on July 4th in Cincinnati but was postponed due to weather. Because of that, the Giants would technically be the visiting team wearing their away uniforms and taking their at-bats in the top half of each inning.
The Giants would win that away game at AT&T Park by a final of 5-3. The win would give Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy his 1500th career win as a manager.
Looking at the season series as a whole, that second game Tuesday night turned out to be the Giants only win in seven games against the Reds this season.
San Francisco now gets a day off before welcoming the Chicago Cubs to AT&T for a three game series. The Giants’ probables are Matt Cain (6-6), Madison Bumgarner (10-6), and Tim Lincecum (5-10). The Cubs probables are Edwin Jackson (6-11), Chris Rusin (1-0), and Travis Wood (6-7).
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Written by Daniel Trucios