San Francisco entered this series at rainy Great Kamino Ball Park sporting the second-worst offense in the major leagues and the #25 ranked pitching staff by ERA. They’d stumbled to a 11-18 record, buried at the bottom of the National League standings.
Tonight, the Giants looked every pathetic bit like the worst team in the league. The Reds jumped on Giants starter Matt Cain for 10 hits and 6 walks in the first 3.1 innings while amassing a 9-1 lead.
With the win, the Reds record is now above .500 at 15-14. With a Brewers loss, the Reds will be in 2nd place in the NL Central, just 1 game behind the 1st place Cubs.
Unless the Reds don’t show up tomorrow night, Johnny Cueto is all that stands between the Reds and a sweep.
But no, even a three-game sweep this weekend wouldn’t begin to erase the memory.
Thanks to the offensive production, Bronson Arroyo got the win, throwing a season high 95 pitches. He made it through 5.1 innings allowing only 2 earned runs. But even the Giants poor lineup managed hard-hit ball after hard-hit ball against the Reds right-hander. Arroyo struck out 4 and walked 1.
There were plenty of offensive stars. Billy Hamilton reached base five times with three hits and two walks. Zack Cozart had two hits and a walk. Joey Votto walked four times. Adam Duvall had two hits. Eugenio Suarez had three hits and a walk, as did Scott Schebler. Jose Peraza had three hits. Devin the Destroyer had two walks.
All that on-basing led to this:
This seems good:
Austin Brice, who was born in Hong Kong, made his first appearance for the Reds, pitching the 8th and 9th inning. Brice came from the Marlins as part of the Dan Straily trade. LOL that the Reds got even more than future multiple Cy Young winner Luis Castillo for Straily. Any value the Reds derive for Brice is gravy. Delicious, exquisite gravy. Brice struck out three Giants in his two innings of work.
Drew Stubbs entered the game for the Giants in the 7th inning. I always liked Stubbs. He played a great CF, had a strong arm and offered a nice combination of power and speed. Stubbs hit 22 homers and stole 30 bases in the Reds breakthrough 2010 NL Central Championship season. Fans rightly remember Jay Bruce’s dramatic Clinchmas home run, but Stubbs made a tremendous play in the 3rd inning of that game, robbing the Astros of a 2-run homer.