The Cincinnati Reds built up a big lead, but the bullpen made it a game late as the Giants scored four runs in the 8th inning to make it a 1-run deficit before giving away the lead and the game in the bottom of the 9th.
|Cincinnati Reds (1-1)
|San Francisco Giants (1-1)
|W: Guzman (1-0) L: Lively (0-1)
|Box Score | Game Thread
It didn’t take the Reds long to get on the board. Spencer Steer singled in the top of the 1st with two outs and then scored on a TJ Friedl triple. Cincinnati didn’t score again until the 6th and it was Friedl getting things done once more. Curt Casali singled to start the 6th, moved to second when Steer walked, and then the Reds took a 2-1 lead on a double by Friedl. A force out off the bat of Elly De La Cruz brought in another run to extend the lead to 3-1. Richie Martin grounded out but drove in another run later in the inning to push the Reds lead to 4-1.
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The next inning saw the offense get right back to work. Allan Cerda and Jhonny Pereda reached on infield hits before a 1-out RBI single by Michael Siani made it a 5-2 ballgame. In the top of the 8th it was Saturday’s hero Matt McLain getting things started. He walked with one out, stole second base, then scored on a single by Henry Ramos to extend the lead.
There were quite a few strong performances from the Cincinnati pitchers. Luke Weaver picked up a strikeout in a perfect inning to start the game. Levi Stoudt struck out two batters in the next inning while also being perfect. Two innings later it was Ian Gibaut with a perfect inning and he recorded all three of his outs on his own via the strikeout. Silvino Bracho came out for the 7th inning and tossed a perfect frame with a strikeout to hold onto the lead.
After that things got tough for the bullpen as Alan Busenitz gave up a 3-run homer in the 8th inning that cut the Reds lead to a run. In the bottom of the 9th it was Ben Lively giving up two runs on four hits that put the Giants ahead for the first time of the day, but it was the only time that truly mattered because it was the winning run.
Henry Ramos went 2-2 on the day. Spencer Steer went 1-2 with a walk and he scored two runs.
The Reds will host the Texas Rangers on Monday afternoon at 3:05pm ET. Hunter Greene will take the mound for his first start of the spring. The game will be on Bally Sports Ohio and MLB.tv. If you would prefer to listen to the radio broadcast you can tune into 1360 WSAI AM.