The defense struggled again for the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of it as they kept the best record in the National League while picking up their 25th win of the year.
|San Francisco Giants (25-16)||6||8||2|
|Cincinnati Reds (19-20)||3||10||2|
|W: Webb (3-3) L: Gray (0-3) SV: Rogers (3)
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The Reds tried to put together a rally in the 2nd inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but that brought Sonny Gray to the plate and he struck out. Jesse Winker, leading off on the night, had a chance to do some damage and worked a full count, but on the 7th pitch of the at-bat he grounded out weakly to first base to strand the runners. The next inning they had another threat going after back-to-back singles by Nick Castellanos and Tyler Naquin, but a ground ball double play ended the threat.
It wasn’t until the 7th inning that Cincinnati put together another threat and they were trailing 5-0 at that point. With two outs Tyler Stephenson came on as a pinch hitter and drew a 4-pitch walk and then moved up to second base on a wild pitch. Jesse Winker jumped out to a 2-0 count before taking the third pitch and lining it into center to plate Stephenson and get the Reds on the board.
After the Giants extended their lead to 6-1 in the top of the 8th, Cincinnati put a little bit of pressure on with back-to-back homers by Tyler Naquin and Eugenio Suárez to make it 6-3.
It was Tyler Stephenson trying to get things started in the 9th inning as he led off with a single for the Reds. But he was erased on an easy double play hit right back up the middle to the shortstop that was standing there waiting. Nick Senzel reached base on an error by Brandon Crawford to extend the game and give Cincinnati a chance, but a routine fly ball to center ended the game.
Sonny Gray looked good in the 1st inning. The defense, however, didn’t. Two different ground ball double plays weren’t turned, and Kyle Farmer had a ball go off of his glove and then it went off of the foot of Buster Posey. Ultimately it led to just one run being scored by the Giants, but it ran up the pitch count for the Reds righty in the 1st. He got back on track in the 2nd as he needed just 9 pitches to retire the side.
The rough defense came back in the 4th inning after Brandon Crawford reached first when Eugenio Suárez couldn’t come up with the ball at shortstop. Three pitches later Wilmer Flores hit a wall-scraper of a 2-run home run to extend the San Francisco lead to 3-0. That wasn’t the last homer Sonny Gray gave up on the day, though – Mike Yastrzemski took him deep in the 5th inning to make it 4-0. The Reds turned the game over to Carson Fulmer in the 6th and he fell victim to the long ball as Mauricio Dubón led off the inning with a dinger of his own to make it 5-0.
In the top of the 8th inning the Reds defense once again got in the way of preventing the Giants from scoring. With runners on the corners and 2-outs Cionel Pérez made a pickoff throw to 1st base and Austin Slater was caught in a run down. But the infield turned their backs to the plate and Darin Ruf easily scored as the Cincinnati defense played pickle before Slater was tagged out and the Giants took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the 8th. While the offense got a few runs back, that was more than enough.
Notes Worth Noting
Late in the game Nick Senzel made a diving attempt at a ball down the third base line and seemed to tweak something in his leg. He remained in the game. In the top of the 9th he recorded the final out on a pop up but seemed to be limping a little bit as he went to the dugout. He did come up to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, so he felt good enough at the time to remain in the game.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday May 18th, 6:40pm ET
Anthony DeSclafani (3-1, 2.14 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (1-5, 7.71 ERA)