An eighth-inning downpour at Great American Ball Park led to Monday night’s game between San Francisco and Cincinnati being suspended with the game tied, 2-2. The line score through one out in the top of the eighth inning:
|San Francisco Giants (52-41)||2||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (50-44)
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The game will resume at 5:40 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. When it does, the Giants will have runners on second and third and one out. Reds lefty Alex Young came on in the top of the eighth this evening in a tie game and immediately got into trouble. He walked pinch-hitter Joc Pederson, then surrendered a double to Wilmer Flores, sending Pederson to third. Michael Conforto grounded out to first baseman Joey Votto, who held the runners at second and third, for the first out of the inning. That’s when the umpiring crew called for the ground crew to deploy the tarp for a rain delay.
Young faced the three batters that he was required to face in the eighth, meaning Manager David Bell has some options Tuesday. The television broadcast reported that righthander Daniel Duarte was throwing in the Reds bullpen just as the game was stopped for an hour and 55 minutes. Due up next for San Francisco in the eighth are righthanded batting J.D. Davis, switch-hitting catcher Patrick Bailey, and then lefthanded batting Mike Yastrzemski.
Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game will begin at the scheduled 7:10 p.m. Eastern, of course depending on how much time the remainder of the suspended game takes.
The Milwaukee Brewers had an off day today, so the no-decision tonight for Cincinnati leaves them two games behind in the National League Central.
The home team got off to a quick start when Matt McLain, batting third for the first time in the big leagues, drove a Logan Webb pitch over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Jonathan India’s three-hit performance led the home team, and his solo home run in the bottom of the seventh tied the game at 2-2. He is a triple short of the cycle, and may get at least one more chance to bat in the game tomorrow.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s major league debut saw him fly out to center field and ground out to second base … so far, that is.
Lefthander Brandon Williamson had his best start as a major leaguer. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits, three walks, and two solo blasts by Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores. The two runs could have been more, were it not for a little help Williamson got from his friends:
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) July 18, 2023
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 18, 2023
Over his last 14 innings, Williamson has allowed only four earned runs. He may be showing signs of returning to the status of an upper-tier pitching prospect instead of a guy who was brought up from Louisville from among a pool of “meh” choices from which Nick Krall could choose.
Fernando Cruz continued his recent streak of quality performances by pitching a scoreless seventh. He’s deservedly moved into a more high-leverage role in close games, rather than a mop-up guy. In June and so far in July, Cruz pitched 21 innings and allowed only five earned runs, an ERA of 2.14.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds (after the suspended game is completed)
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday, July 18, 7:10 p.m. ET
Anthony DeSclafani (4-8, 4.44 ERA) vs. Luke Weaver (2-2, 7.00 ERA)