Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — Game One
San Francisco 3
W: T. Cingrani (4-1)
L: E. Surkamp (0-1)
FINAL — Game Two
San Francisco 5
W: S. Casilla (4-2)
L: G. Reynolds (0-1)
S: S. Romo (24)
–After shellacking the Giants last night, the Reds wasted no time today, scoring seven runs in the first three innings of game one of this doubleheader.
–Zack Cozart went 4-4, with his eighth homer, three runs scored, and two RBI in the opener. It’s difficult to imagine Cozart having a better day at the plate.
–Devin Mesoraco continued his hot hitting, going 3-4 with his 6th homer, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Joey Votto also homered.
–Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier had two hits each. Frazier drove in two. Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips each doubled.
–The bottom four in the Cincinnati order had ten hits between them.
–Tony Cingrani pitched into the seventh inning, allowing two runs on five hits. Dusty Baker did leave Cingrani in for 118 pitches
–Frazier had three more hits, two of which were doubles, with a run scored and an RBI. Jay Bruce had three hits and scored two runs. Joey Votto had two hits. Corky Miller got a sweet two-run double.
–JJ Hoover pitched a perfect sixth inning, while Curtis Partch tossed two scoreless frames. That’s the best I’ve seen Partch pitch.
–Cesar Izturis “hit” second in the game-two lineup. No excuse for that, ever.
–Greg Reynolds got off to a very rough start in his first start since being called up from AAA Louisville, allowing three Giants to score in the first inning. While Reynolds’ final line looked really bad — 5 runs on 8 hits in five innings — he actually settled down nicely to keep the Reds in the game.
–After 17 hits last night, the Reds had 15 in game one and another ten in game two tonight. The offense is rounding into shape.
–I find that I enjoy George Grande much more now than I used to. I can take his folksy manner much better in short doses. That said, if I have to listen to him say “Cin-granny” one more time, I’m going to take a hostage.
–Greg Reynolds’ start in the nightcap was his first start since 2011. And while he wasn’t fooling anyone out there tonight, Reynolds did appear to have some outstanding movement on his pitches.
–It was really strange seeing the Reds batting last, on the road, in game two tonight. If you have forgotten, this was the makeup game from the rainout last week in Cincinnati.
–From the second through ninth innings in game two, the Reds had runners in scoring position every inning.
–As Marty Brennaman noted, Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t afraid to bring in his closer for the four-out save.
–I’m exhausted. Good night.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.