The Cincinnati Reds only had five hits but one of those was a 3-run home run from Kyle Farmer and it held up as Cincinnati defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2 and guaranteed themselves a series win.
|San Francisco Giants (24-21)
|Cincinnati Reds (16-30)||3||5||0|
|W: Gutierrez (1-6) L: Wood (3-4) SV: Santillan (3)|
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Brandon Drury singled and Tyler Stephenson walked to put two men on for the Reds in the bottom of the 1st inning. That’s when left-handed destroyer Kyle Farmer came to the plate and hit a 3-run homer off of Alex Wood to put Cincinnati up 3-0. The Reds only managed three more hits the rest of the game – all singles.
Vladimir Gutierrez gave up a leadoff double and the thoughts “here we go again” probably raced through many of the 26,000+ fans heads at Great American Ball Park. But the righty buckled down and retired the next three batters to strand him at third base. The next inning wasn’t as easy as a 1-out walk was followed by two singles that loaded the bases. Once again, though, Gutierrez was able to escape the jam without any damage. The Giants broke through in the 3rd inning with two doubles, the latter coming from Joc Pederson to cut into Cincinnati’s lead and make it a 3-1 game. Gutierrez only gave up one more hit, a single, over the next two innings and exited with his best start of the season behind him.
Luis Cessa took over for Cincinnati in the 6th and gave up a home run to Evan Longoria with one out to make it a 3-2 ballgame. A 2-out double by Donovan Walton put the tying run in scoring position, but Cessa struck out former Red Curt Casali to end the threat. Alexis Diaz came out and threw a perfect 7th inning to hold the Reds lead.
Ross Detwiler took over in the 8th and gave up singles to Brandon Crawford and Luis Gonzalez before Tony Santillan was called in out of the bullpen. He needed three pitches to induce a ground out that ended the inning and stranded both runners. Santillan returned for the top of the 9th and gave up a single to Curt Casali to begin the inning, who was then pinch run for. A 1-out walk put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run on first. After striking out Darin Ruf the game came down to Wilmer Flores. He took the 6th pitch of the at-bat and lined a single into right field and Aristides Aquino came up firing, unleashing a 93 MPH throw to Tyler Stephenson at the plate and beating pinch runner Joey Bart by 10 feet, ending the game on a play at the plate.
Key Moment of the Game
It came early, but Kyle Farmer’s 3-run homer in the 1st inning was enough to hold up for the Reds win.
Notes Worth Noting
Tomorrow’s game is a MORNING game. It will be on Peacock.
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San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds
Sunday May 28th, 11:35am ET
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