Thanks to Zack Cozart’s late inning heroics Thursday night, the Reds won the first game of the series, 3-2. Tonight, the Reds try to continue their dominance against the Giants and keep pace in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, who have won six straight.
It’s disappointing we don’t get the match-up of Amir Garrett vs. Johnny Cueto, as originally scheduled before Garrett was sent down to Triple-A on Sunday.
Instead we get a rematch from last Sunday’s game in which everyone thought Cueto would be the one to shut out the Reds. It was Feldman, however, who threw the complete game shutout, only the third of his career. It came as a pleasant surprise, since his previous two starts were not good. On Sunday, he lowered his ERA by more than a point after it had ballooned to almost 5.00 in giving up seven runs through four innings against the Pirates on May 2.
Cueto has faced the Reds twice since being traded, and has surrendered 13 hits and eight earned runs, for a 6.00 ERA. He has struck out 18 Reds batters in only 12 innings against his former team.
Both teams’ bullpens are in relatively good shape for tonight, which is exactly what they want for a four game series. Drew Storen, Wandy Peralta, and Raisel Iglesias combined for three innings of work, and none threw more than 20 pitches. For the Giants, two relievers pitched one inning each.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Scooter Gennett (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Scott Feldman (P)
|1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Brandon Belt (1B)
3. Christian Arroyo (3B)
4. Buster Posey (C)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Joe Panik (2B)
7. Eduardo Nunez (LF)
8. Justin Ruggiano (RF)
9. Johnny Cueto (P)
News and Notes
The #Reds will be above .500 on 5/14 – matching the latest in the calendar year they've boasted a winning record since 2015 (5/14/15: 18-17)
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) May 12, 2017
Zack Cozart: "We're some grinders out here. This is fun. We expect to win."
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 12, 2017
As I was watching FS Ohio/listening to WLW last night, I realized that even when I’m half watching a game because I’m doing something else or looking at my phone, I still make full effort to watch Joey Votto when he is up to bat. His at-bats are must-watch TV, especially right now.
Votto since 7/6/15 (271 games)
AVG – .330 (1st in MLB)
OBP – .460 (1st by .029)
SLG – .576 (3rd, bum)
Only 5 have played more games too.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 12, 2017
#Reds Joey Votto is batting .373/.467/.656 over his last 105 games. He has reached base safely 213 times and has 88 RBI during that span.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) May 12, 2017
Joey Votto has 18 extra-base hits and 17 strikeouts. #LockedIn
— Patrick Jeter (@prjeter) May 12, 2017
And yet, he’s not talked about more among national media. It’s the downside of being on some bad teams the past couple of years and playing in a smaller market like Cincinnati. It’s a shame because he’s probably the best hitter I’ve ever watched play in a Reds uniform in my lifetime, and the country deserves to know about him. So, appreciate Votto at-bats because hitters like him don’t come along very often.