|San Francisco Giants (15-20)||4||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (15-20)||12||15||1|
|W: DeSclafani (2-1) L: Pomeranz (1-4)|
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Anthony DeSclafani absolutely dealt for most of the day, striking out eight through 6.0 innings. He did run into a spot of trouble in the sixth, allowing a three-run shot to Pablo Sandoval, but got the final out. Disco has looked downright groovy the past four starts, with a 1.90 ERA in 23.2 innings. He’s making his own case for staying in the rotation whenever Alex Wood is finally healthy to return.
Zach Duke tossed 2.0 innings of clean baseball, keeping the Giants stuck to four runs and the Reds on the winning side of the ticket. Duke’s been less-than-stellar this year, but in these situations, he makes a lot of sense. A mop-up man with multi-inning potential.
To close the game, Wandy Peralta pitched the ninth. Turning over the ball to Peralta with an eight-run lead seems ideal. Let’s do that more often.
How about that Nick Senzel huh? Only his fourth game in the bigs and he already has a multi-homer game. In his first two at-bats in this one, Senzel took two pitches the opposite way, both for solo shots. The rest of the game didn’t go so well for Senzel though. The center fielder struck out in his remaining three at-bats. If the Reds make the postseason, I will forgive the service time games. But if they don’t….
With Derek Dietrich and Jesse Winker on the bench this afternoon, Eugenio Suarez saw his opportunity to take sole possession of the Reds home run lead. Geno drove a two-run homer out of deep left center, putting the Reds up 3-0 before the Giants got an out.
He’s still not making a lot of good, hard contact, but Joey Votto recorded a couple of hits today, scoring on Suarez’s home run. Hopefully the Reds long-term first baseman puts it together soon and starts ripping the ball like he did a couple of years ago. Regardless, Votto brought in a run today the hard way, wearing a fastball off his elbow in the sixth.
Jose Iglesias has truly been one heck of a signing for the Reds. With a triple and a double in his first two at-bats, Iglesias drove in a couple runs and scored another himself. Then, after Sandoval’s rocket which brought the Giants within three and flashbacks from Friday to the forefront of Reds fans’ minds, Iglesias singled to the wall with the bases loaded. Three hits, four RBIs on the day for the “light-hitting” shortstop. It’s really starting to look like the Reds ideal lineup goes Senzel, Votto, Suarez, Winker, Yasiel Puig, Dietrich, Iglesias, catcher, pitcher.
Speaking of catchers, Curt Casali remains one of the savvier pick-ups the Reds have made in the past few years. I’d rank it Suarez from the Tigers, Castillo from the Marlins, and then Casali from the Rays in terms of top three personnel moves. The catcher drove in the last run of the first and another in the sixth. After the second single, Chris Welsh rightly pointed out that this may be the best Reds catching tandem (Casali plus Tucker Barnhart) in recent memory.
The new guy, Josh VanMeter, also got in on the scoring, taking a ball off the back for a bases-loaded RBI in the sixth. Maybe this kid is even better than Senzel. (VanMeter also flew out against Pablo Sandoval, a third baseman, while Senzel grounded into a double play against him. Really might be a toss-up.)
The Notes (Worth Noting)
Michael Lorenzen was double switched into left field in the eighth, making a catch for the second out. Really weird seeing the Reds two best center fielders play at the same time after nearly a month of almost no good center fielders playing.
With 10+ runs and 13 strikeouts, fans at today’s game won both Chik-Fil-A and LaRosa’s pizza. I don’t know if ticket holders can redeem for both or must pick one but that sounds like a pretty nice set of choices to have.
Bees descended on Great American just before the first pitch, causing a brief delayed start. I’m sure Reds fans will forgive the inconvenience because we got these incredible pictures of Derek Dietrich, resident beekeeper. Dietrich truly is a gem.
We are currently in a bee delay at GABP. ? pic.twitter.com/lOmvC2X7tz
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 6, 2019
Derek Beetrich. ? pic.twitter.com/SV3HcTtizl
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 6, 2019
Other than that all of the bee jokes were quite annoying, and I made a conscious effort to avoid them in this recap. However, here is a smattering of the best puns:
The Giants have hit THREE batters this inning with bases loaded (and one other batter with nobody on). That's gotta sting. #Reds up 12-4
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 6, 2019
One of baseball's unwritten rules is that if hte home team is unable to stop clouds of bees you're allowed to hit as many batters as you want.
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) May 6, 2019
The Reds also faced the Bees on this date 80 years ago. pic.twitter.com/L2CQrCMjGM
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) May 6, 2019
(Senzel hits yet another home run)
GIANTS: you have to cancel the game. There are more bees in the dugout and we can’t play.
UMPIRE: I don’t see any bees.
GIANTS: BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ!
UMPIRE: you’re just making buzzing noises
— Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella) May 6, 2019
The Reds head out west for a late night game against the Oakland A’s tomorrow. Maybe the team will carpool with the Giants back to the Bay Area. Save some gas money, reduce their carbon footprint, use the airplane HOV lane. Small perks, really.
Reds vs. A’s, 10:07 EDT
Tyler Mahle (0-4, 4.09 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (2-3, 6.81 ERA)