The San Francisco Giants came to Great American Ball Park this week like it was October 2012 and crushed the soul of the Cincinnati Reds as they swept the series in embarrassing fashion. Darin Ruf had a walk and four hits, including two doubles and a home run. If this game were a GIF, it would be this one:
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|San Francisco Giants (28-16)||19||16||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (19-23)||4||10||1|
|W: Cueto (3-1) L: Mahle (2-2)
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Down 10-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning the Reds offense got moving when Alex Blandino led off with a double. Nick Castellanos singled him in to put the Reds within three field goals. Tyler Stephenson followed with a double to move Castellanos to third base, but after 9-pitches Johnny Cueto struck out Tyler Naquin to end the inning.
Eugenio Suárez hit a 2-run homer in the 8th inning as the Reds closed the gap to two touchdowns. Frank Reich and the 1993 Buffalo Bills didn’t come out of the dugout for this one.
Tyler Mahle got squeezed on a 2-2 count in the top of the 1st inning against Evan Longoria and the next pitch was lined into center for an RBI single. That felt like an omen. In the third inning the Giants did more damage against Mahle. The inning began like this: Walk, single, single, walk, single, single. It was 4-0, the bases were loaded, and the Reds were going to the bullpen to bring on Michael Feliz to reliever Mahle in the shortest outing of his career.
The first batter that Felix faced, Steven Duggar, hit a grand slam to make it 8-0 before an out had been recorded in the 3rd inning. Feliz also didn’t make it out of the inning. After the grand slam he struck out two batters, but then walked Mike Yastrzemski and was replaced by Ryan Hendrix, who immediately gave up a 2-run homer that made it 10-0.
When was the last time a Major League Baseball team used three pitchers in the 3rd inning of a game that didn’t involve a pitcher being injured?
It got worse from there. We aren’t going to talk about it.
Notes Worth Noting
Max Schrock has retired 5 of the 6 hitters he’s faced in the Major Leagues. The only one he didn’t was in today’s game and that was because Mark Payton was charged with an error on a fly ball.
At least the game was on Youtube and you really had to go out of your way to watch it during work hours?
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
Friday May 21st, 7:10pm
Adrian Houser (3-4, 3.63 ERA) vs Jeff Hoffman (2-3, 4.67 ERA)