Tyler Mahle didn’t give up a hit until the 7th inning, but the Cincinnati Reds bullpen imploded in the 8th inning as three relievers combined to give up six runs as the San Francisco Giants avoided being swept in the 3-game series by picking up a 6-4 victory on Sunday.
|San Francisco Giants (25-21)
|Cincinnati Reds (16-31)||4||8||0|
|W: Brebbia (3-0) L: Warren (2-2)|
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With two men on and one out in the 2nd inning, Albert Almora Jr. singled in the first run of the game to put Cincinnati up 1-0. That’s where the game remained until the bottom of the 6th inning when Joey Votto doubled into left-center to bring Tyler Naquin across the plate and make it a 2-0 game.
In the bottom of the 7th they got things going when Kyle Farmer lined a single into center, but it was misplayed and got by two outfielders, leading to Farmer standing on third base. After Joc Pederson robbed Mike Moustakas of a hit with a sliding catch in left, Albert Almora Jr. grounded a ball to third and came up firing home to get Farmer at the plate. Or maybe not. David Bell challenged the play and on replay it appeared to be quite clear to everyone that Joey Bart tagged Farmer late and that he was safe. That is, it appeared to everyone except whoever was watching the play in New York, who said the call stands and that Farmer was out to the dismay of all 8,000,000,000 people on the planet.
After the Giants put up six runs in the top of the 8th inning and grabbed a 6-2 lead, the Reds went to work in their half of the frame. Nick Senzel led off with a walk and Tyler Naquin followed up with a bloop single into left field to put two men on. Tyler Rogers won the match up with Tyler Stephenson, though, and got him to ground into a double play. Joey Votto then lined out to end the inning. In the bottom of the 9th a 1-out Kyle Farmer single up the middle got things going, and after a strikeout by Mike Moustakas it was Albert Almora Jr. cutting the lead in half with a 2-run homer that made it 6-4. That was all they’d get, though, as Alejo Lopez flew out to end the game.
Tyler Mahle was looking to put his last start behind him after allowing eight runs against the Cubs and did he ever do that. After a 1-2-3 inning to start the game, Mahle walked Joc Pederson to lead off the 2nd. He stranded him there, retiring the next 11 batters before he hit Thairo Estrada with two outs in the 5th inning, but rebounded by striking out Luis Gonzalez to keep his no-hitter alive through five.
Things got dicey in the 6th inning when Mahle walked back-to-back hitters with one out, but he got a pop up to second base and then struck out Joc Pederson to get through the inning without allowing a hit. He’d return for the 7th inning and struck out Evan Longoria to start the inning. Brandon Crawford put a charge into one, but it was caught just short of the warning track in right-center by Tyler Naquin. That may have been a sign as the very next pitch was laced into right-center for a double by Thairo Estrada to break up the no-hitter. It was the last pitch Mahle threw on the day, finishing with 6.2 innings of 1-hit baseball while striking out eight batters.
David Bell came out and made a pitching change, calling on Hunter Strickland to face Luis Gonzalez and it only took three pitches for Strickland to strike him out and end the inning with the Reds holding onto their 2-0 lead. Jeff Hoffman took over to begin the 8th inning and ran into some problems, giving up a double and a walk before Art Warren replaced him with two on and two outs. Warren got what he was looking for – a ground ball – but it deflected off of Kyle Farmer’s glove and went into the outfield. It was ruled a hit and brought in a run, making it 2-1. Two pitches later Evan Longoria unloaded on a 3-run homer to put the Giants up 4-2.
It wasn’t over there, though. Warren walked Brandon Crawford and then an infield single before being removed from the game without recording an out against any of the four batters he faced. Joel Kuhnel came in and gave up a 2-run double on the first pitch he threw as the Giants extended their lead to 6-2. He would strike Darin Ruf out to end the inning. Kuhnel returned for the 9th and sat San Francisco down 1-2-3.
Key Moment of the Game
Evan Longoria’s go-ahead 3-run home run in the 8th inning that put the Giants up 4-2 with two outs.
Notes Worth Noting
Cincinnati’s 4-game winning streak came to an end.
The Reds are off on Monday before opening up a series in Boston against the Red Sox.
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