The first road trip of the season for Cincinnati didn’t go as the Reds would have hoped as they lost on Wednesday to fall to 2-4 on the road. The offense was shut down and shut out while the defense looked terrible.
|Cincinnati Reds (7-5)||0||4||0|
|San Francisco Giants (8-4)||3||6||0|
|W: Cueto (2-0) L: Mahle (1-1) SV: McGee (6)
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Johnny Cueto held the Cincinnati offense in check during the day. That is until he left the game after 5.2 innings with an injury holding a 2-0 lead with no one on the bases, having allowed just two singles and a double during his outing. Reliever Caleb Barager came on for the final out of the 6th inning to hold onto the shutout for San Francisco.
Mike Moustakas doubled in the 4th inning with two outs. The Reds didn’t get another hit on the day until there were two outs in the 9th inning when Joey Votto singled. That single didn’t matter much on the day as Eugenio Suárez struck out to end the game.
Jesse Winker and Tyler Stephenson also had singles early in the game.
Tyler Mahle didn’t allow a baserunner until a walk in the 4th inning, but he took a no-hitter into the 5th. That inning got away from Mahle a little bit, but the defense from Eugenio Suárez didn’t help. A leadoff single broke up the no-hitter, but then Suárez dropped a pop up before fortunately still being able to get force out at second. A double followed that brought in the go-ahead run was followed by a fielders choice that resulted in no outs as Suárez fired home on a “contact” play and was quite late with the throw. Cincinnati caught a break later in the inning after Curt Casali was initially called safe at the plate on a single to right field, but after a challenge by the Reds it was overturned, giving Nick Castellanos an assist to end the inning with the Giants holding a 2-0 lead.
That was the final inning for Mahle. Sean Doolittle took over for the 6th and struck out the first two batters of the inning before a bunt against the shift went for an infield single by Brandon Belt. No worries, though, he was caught stealing with a big time throw from Tyler Stephenson to end the inning. Sal Romano came on and worked around a single to face the minimum in the inning thanks to a double play and a strikeout to end the 7th. He returned for the 8th and he should have gotten out of it unscathed, but a dropped pop up by Jonathan India, that at the time of this publishing was somehow still being scored as a single, brought in a run to make it 3-0.
Key Moment of the Game
With a runner on first and one out in the 5th inning Austin Slater doubled into the right-center gap to bring home the 1st run of the game. Unknown at the time, it was the only run that the Giants would need on the day.
Notes Worth Noting
Johnny Cueto left the game for San Francisco with a lat injury. Let’s all hope it’s not serious.
The defense has not been great in the first two weeks of the season.
Milwaukee won this afternoon and are now tied for 1st place with the Reds at 7-5.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland vs Cincinnati Reds
Friday April 16th, 7:10pm ET
TBA vs Jeff Hoffman (1-1, 3.86 ERA)