A young pitcher struggled for the second consecutive night as Tyler Mahle gave up a 3-0 lead with a bad fourth inning. The Reds offense was shut down by the Giants bullpen and could not muster a comeback, starting another losing streak.
|Cincinnati Reds (14-29)||3||7||0|
|San Francisco Giants (22-21)||5||11||1|
|W: Johnson (2-1) L: Mahle (3-5) S: Strickland (9)|
The Reds got on the board first with some help from the Giants usually stingy defense. Jesse Winker hit a two-out grounder to second base which was bobbled, allowing Winker to reach. Eugenio Suarez took advantage and launched a bomb to the left field seats to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.
Billy Hamilton came through in the fourth with an RBI-single to score Tony Cruz and increase the lead to 3-0. Hamilton was then picked up trying to steal second to end the inning.
Tyler Mahle allowed baserunners in both the first and second innings but was able to work his way out without any damage. He did however, run his pitch count up pretty high, throwing 42 pitches in the first two frames. He settled in a bit in the third with a 1-2-3 inning.
The fourth inning was when the real trouble started for Mahle, who allowed a leadoff dinger to Brandon Belt which made its way to McCovey Cove. After back to back singles to get runners to first and second, Jackson drove a ball to right field that was hit just hard to enough to have the lead runner hold at third, though he took quite a long turn and was almost thrown out trying to get back to the bag.
With bases loaded and no outs, Mahle got a huge strikeout which forced Bruce Bochy’s hand and drove Ty Blach from the game so that Pablo Sandoval could pinch hit. That proved to be the right call as Pablo drilled a ground ball right past Suarez into left to plate two runners and tie the game at 3-3. Mahle’s night was done. Not his strongest outing by any means, but there will be nights like this for young pitchers. He remains only 23 years old.
Amir Garrett came on in relief and allowed another run to score after a bases loaded grounder from McCutcheon as the Reds just missed turning two to end the inning . That would be all the damage in the fourth, but all it still gave the Giants the lead, 4-3.
Garrett had another strong outing and this time was able to get some extended time, hopefully lengthening out for another audition as a starter, but we wont hold our breath. 2.2 innings, two hits and four strikeouts. He threw 44 pitches.
No more scoring in this one until the Giants got an insurance run off of David Hernandez in the eighth inning.
The Reds were only able to collect two baserunners off of the Giants bullpen and never threatened to tie the game. What started off as a promising 3-0 lead fizzled into another close loss for your Redlegs.
Other Game Notes:
- Eugenio Suarez walked in the first inning and was advanced by a Scooter Gennett single. Suarez overran second base and rolled his ankle as he was lunging back towards the base. He was checked out and allowed to stay in the game. He showed he was fine by crushing two more baseballs tonight. He walked once as well.
- Peraza made a nice play in the first to nail McCutcheon on a grounder up the middle and followed that up in the third with a jumping snag to catch a line drive. Chris Welsh said it best that an often overlooked tool is a short memory. Peraza is young and will have bad games/innings like last night. Best he forget about it and keep moving forward.
- He did, however, go 0-4 as the leadoff hitter.
- Winker made a nice catch with two outs in the fifth to prevent another run from scoring.
- Joey Votto pinch hit in the ninth inning, which is certainly a good sign. He struck out to end the game.
- Winker, Duvall and Schebler combined for an 0-12 night.
- My power went out right around first pitch so I was playing catch up the entire time once it came back on. It was really nice watching live and skipping ahead 10 seconds between each pitch. It was not nice watching the Reds lose, though.
The Reds will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow in the getaway game at 3:45PM EST. Matt Harvey will take the mound and look to build on his strong first start. Good night from the West Cost and go Redlegs.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Matt ironically became a diehard Reds fan while living in Pittsburgh and experiencing the 2013 Wild Card game. He is currently living in the land without baseball, Portland, OR, where you can find him exploring the great outdoors whenever he is not watching the Reds.