The losing streak finally came to an end and the Cincinnati Reds used their speed to get it done. Elly De La Cruz stole two bases and scored after each one of them, and then Stuart Fairchild raced around the bases late in the game for an inside-the park home run as Cincinnati took game one of their series with the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Friday night.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (17-21) 4 9 0
San Francisco Giants (17-23)
2 7 1
W: Abbott (2-4) L: Webb (3-4) SV: Diaz (7)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

The Reds didn’t waste a whole lot of time getting their offense rolling thanks to Elly De La Cruz. He singled and then stole second base before coming around to score on a double by Spencer Steer. Cincinnati’s lead lasted for about six minutes as Thairo Estrada hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning.

San Francisco would add to their lead in the bottom of the second after Heliot Ramos doubled and then scored on a pop up that fell just over the infield. In the next half-inning it was back to the top of the lineup for the Reds and  Elly De La Cruz picked up another single and then took second base when Tyler Fitzgerald bobbled the ball as he tried to pick it up. De La Cruz then stole third base before the baseball Gods evened things up when Spencer Steer’s pop up fell just out of reach of a sliding first baseman in the outfield that brought in the tying run.

Cincinnati took the lead the next inning when Will Benson singled and then came around to score on a double by TJ Friedl into left-center. Andrew Abbott held that lead through the 5th inning before turning the game over to Emilio Pagan in the 6th. He fired a perfect frame and then Justin Wilson worked around a 2-out single in the 7th to keep the score 3-2.

Spencer Steer picked up a 1-out walk in the 8th inning, but he was picked off. That would cost the Reds a run because Stuart Fairchild clubbed the 5th pitch of his at-bat that followed off of the wall in center and it bounced by the two outfielders as Fairchild raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to extend Cincinnati’s lead to 4-2.

Justin Wilson returned to the mound to begin the 8th inning with a left-handed hitter due up and he got a ground ball to first base to start the inning. That would be the final hitter he faced as manager David Bell came to the mound to make a pitching change and bring in Lucas Sims. Celebrating his 30th birthday, Sims needed just five pitches to record two outs and send the game to the 9th.

The Reds went down in order in the top of the frame. Alexis Diaz came into the game for the bottom of the 9th looking to hold onto a 2-run lead after giving up four runs in his last outing five nights ago. He would pick up a strikeout and a groundout to begin the inning, but after getting ahead 0-2 on Mike Yastrzemski he threw four straight balls to walk him and bring the tying run to the plate. Diaz got ahead 0-2 on pinch hitter Blake Sabol and once again ran the count full, but this time he came through with a strikeout on a slider to end the game and snap Cincinnati’s 8-game losing streak.

Key Moment of the Game

Stuart Fairchild’s inside-the-park home run in the 8th inning. Cincinnati had a 1-run lead at that point, but having an insurance run there felt huge for a team who had lost eight games in a row.

Notes Worth Noting

Elly De La Cruz stole his 24th and 25th bases in the game. Sarah Langs of MLB dot com notes that he has done so in his team’s first 38 games, joining eight other players in doing so since 1901. Kenny Lofton was the last two do so back in 1996. Vince Coleman (1991, 1987, 1985), and Rickey Henderson (1988, 1986, 1982) each accomplished the feat multiple times in their career.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants

Saturday May 11th, 7:15pm ET

Nick Lodolo (3-1, 2.79 ERA) vs Mason Black (0-1, 10.38 ERA)

65 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Nice to get a win. EDLC on track again for 106 SB. Probably need to be just a little more careful as to when he tries but doing a great job for the most part. The thing I’m impressed/pleased the most about is the way he’s learned to adjust his swing keeping him from going into prolonged slumps. Good job. 🙂

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    • Jason T.

      Agreed all around!
      Benson looked better too.
      Pitching has been pretty on a majority of the season. Abbott without stellar stuff grinded one out. Bullpen did a nice job. Diaz scared me but I’ll chalk some of that up to inconsistent usage during that losing streak.
      Nice way to kick off this road trip.

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      • Jim Walker

        It seems like Diaz just can’t control that high pitch he tries to run away from LH batters and ends up in bad counts for the trying.

    • Redsgettingbetter

      Defeating Logan Webb in this series opener is huge especially after 8-game losing streak. Abbott wasn’t great but battled to win. Steer is showing signs of getting hot again.. EDLC keeps on pace to 100 SB..
      Alexis Diaz can’t avoid to bring some dramma after 2 outs in the 9th

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    • Brian

      I think that the stolen bases actually helps him as a hitter, meaning that his soul focus isn’t to kill the ball and hit a home run on every pitch. He will take walks to get a steal. I’m curious if the stats show that he’s more patient at the plate with first base open… Maybe his ideal spot is being a Ricky Henderson lead off hitter…

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      • Melvin

        Yeah. Hopefully he’s bought into the thought process of “I don’t have to swing for the fences every time”.

  2. Rednat

    what i love about the Fairchild homer is that he was hustling right out if the batters box. so many times players just stand at home plate admiring their hit when they think they have hit a long one. if he hesitated just for a second he would have been out at the plate.
    perfect time to send him with 2 outs and a one run lead. that is the time to take a calculated risk

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    • Still a Red

      Actually according to the website he did ‘jog’ to first, took him nearly 5 sec. not til he saw the ball carom did he turn on the after burners…to see him rounding second in the video was impressive. 2nd fastest home to home…2nd only to EDLC.

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  3. Erich

    Was at the game and it was a blast. Stu was trucking and nearly at second by the time the ball dropped. Cherry on the top was Dusty Baker was in town for an award and was in the elevator with us at the hotel we were staying at. Nice night and great end to the losing streak.

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      • greenmtred

        A future HOF manager who got absolutely excoriated by comments on RLN, most of which could have been substituted for the comments about Bell–changing only the names–without anyone noticing the difference.

      • Harry Stoner

        So….in the Bizarro World of Illogic in the Green Mountains, because some Reds’ fans were critical of Baker and Dusty is headed for the HOF, then we are supposed to believe that because some Reds’ fans are critical of Bell that he might, too, be headed to the HOF?

      • greenmtred

        Perhaps a reading comprehension course would help, Harry? No, that was not the logic. The post was a comment on the way many fans view managers and their own presumed expertise. Perhaps I need to consider whether I’m being unclear?

      • Melvin

        Yeah. I met Dusty a couple of times. Seemed to be a nice guy.

      • Oldtimer

        A goodly number of RLN folks may not be especially well positioned to judge whether a GM or manager is good what they do in MLB.

        Dusty was the best Reds manager since Trader Jack McKeon.

        Sparky managed the Big Red Machine for 5 years before he got lucky (Jim Rice injury kept him out of 1975 WS) and the BRM won that WS.

        Had they lost in 1975, he might have been replaced then.

    • JayTheRed

      I am a huge fan of Dusty. I know many have not been but. I would take him every single day over David Bell as manager and as others have pointed out he is a good person.

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  4. DW

    So nice to have that losing streak in the rearview mirror. Now how about an offensive outburst.

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    • TR

      Six of ten, at least, on the road trip would be a confidence booster.

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    • JayTheRed

      Time to win each series for the next 3 at least. That will help build confidence. Benon has not looked good at the plate lately. Hopefully he can turn it around soon.

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  5. Old-school

    So the Reds scan play solid fundamental baseball?

    Beat a good pitcher, 9 hits, no errors, opportunistic offense and speed kills. Only 6 K’s with 4 walks. Abbott gave them 5 decent innings and bullpen lights out. Nice to see Fairchild step up in his role and do what he can. Play add on late as a bench guy with speed. Steer and Elly seem to be back as lead cogs in the offense. Well done.

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    • Jim Walker

      Well…. There was the usual TOOTBLAN (Steer pickoff). Fraley looked like a drunken sailor on a couple of plays. Benson let a ball hop by him to the wall along the foul line but since he was in LF, it did not cost them a base. Stephenson had a foul popup pop out of his mitt; but, had the quick hand/ eye coordination to grab it with his barehand to save the out.

      It might have been more a matter of the Giants playing just enough worse than the Reds…… 😉 But a win is a win at this point; and, the final score colors recall both ways.

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      • Brian

        That’s what I saw too Jimmy Walker… They won but looked far from fundamentally sound.

      • Old-school

        Ahhhh… watched the first 2 innings only. Thanks for the update. (I think). Sounded too good to be true!

      • Melvin

        Yeah. I agree. I will cut them a little slack though playing in the SF wind.

    • Matt WI

      Anyone else think that Webb and Abbott need to take a “23 and Me” test? Brothers for sure!

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    • Roger Garrett

      Reds haven’t been fundamentally sound for years.Unless they fix it hard to imagine them becoming a good team. I really like Ford behind Elly.Saw 6 pitches the first two times up and had a walk.Elly needs a guy behind him that will take some pitches while he is on base.Let him steal and then get him over to third.Sets your best up in Steer to get him in.Good move by Bell.

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  6. Jeremiah

    Reds win! Hopefully can take 2 of 3 at least. Giants seem a little down since that 100 win season a few years back.

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  7. Reddawg2012

    If Stu had been running hard out of the box, the play at the plate probably would not have been close. He didn’t turn on the jets until he was almost to second base.

    Most important thing is the Reds won! Let’s make it two in a row.

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    • Mark Moore

      Have to think he didn’t they would misplay it that badly (both of them). Saw him glance back as he went between 2nd and 3rd. But he made it.

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  8. LDS

    A win is a win but beating Webb wasn’t really a great accomplishment. His splits were favorable to the Reds and even then, they didn’t really hit him as well as they should have. And Bell ran out three relievers that the Reds should probably move on from – Pagan, Wilson, and Sims. Diaz will probably recover. The other three aren’t good investments and the potentially guys like Moll and Santillian have more to offer. The Reds can’t count on EDLC and Steer pulling off days like this every day. And recognize that the Reds got nothing from Candelario, Fraley, and Ford. Give Ford and Fraley a bit more time to get back in the groove. Candelario has had enough time. Embrace the greater fool theory and find a trading partner.

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    • Mark Moore

      Webb’s stats at Oracle are pretty stingy, unless what I heard wasn’t accurate. Plus, we’ve got to start somewhere, right?

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    • Optimist

      They’ll move on from Sims and Wilson soon enough, but far too early to make a move on Pagan. He’s likely overpriced, but unlikely to flop completely.

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    • Doc4uk

      Sims and Wilson released in favor of Moll and Santillan. In fact I really think if Diaz has options he should be sent down in favor of Maxwell. Every time he comes in he walks someone which you simply cannot do as a closer in a one run game.

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      • Roger Garrett

        Yeah I would make that swap soon cause Moll and Santillan have more upside.Diaz’s control and velocity are a concern although his velocity seems to go up the more pitches he throws.Cruz right now has better stuff but who do you bring in when you need a punchout in the late innings.Maybe thats where Santillan comes in.Good that we have guys that can pitch in the minors.

      • Doc

        What’s really annoying is to have the batter 0-2 with 2 outs, then four straight balls, then 0-2 on the next hitter and three straight balls.

    • Earmbrister

      Candelario was the ONLY Red hitting during the losing streak. It’s a long season, I’d hardly be surprised if he has solid numbers by the end of the year.

      And trading Candelario with McLain and CES out would be the very definition of foolishness.

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      • LDS

        The season is nearly a quarter over. The Reds are six games behind. Candelario was a bad signing from the outset. He isn’t even hitting his career average. What he winds up doing by year end is irrelevant. The season will be lost by then.

      • JayTheRed

        India was hitting a little bit too. Gotta give credit to those who did something during the losing streak. Oh, and Stephanson too.

      • Earmbrister

        The whole team, except EDLC, isn’t hitting their career batting averages. You don’t judge a 3 year FA signing after 2 months.

    • Harry Stoner

      This reads like some weird outtake from a “Glengary Glen Ross” motivational sales meeting.

      A great Alec Baldwin impersonation.

      “You won, but you didn’t win by enough to satisfy me. The relievers pitched well, but I’m going to still complain about them. The third baseman, one month into a big 3- year contract, who’s doing poorly, needs to be traded. Make a deal, now. End of meeting.”

      Managerial gaslighting.

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      • LDS

        No @Harry, realism. They won but still didn’t hit a very hittable pitcher all that well. As for the relievers this is like playing Russian Roulette. Sooner or later, you’re dead. And again, it’s not early. A quarter of the season is gone. Every game counts and the Reds roster is carrying too much deadwood, that occasionally produces, enough to satisfy many here. Candelario is a slow starter. Yeah, right. Same thing we heard on Votto last year. Sometimes, it’s better to just admit that a decision is bad, consider it a sunk cost and move on. The Reds manifest the “sunk cost fallacy” as well as any team I’ve ever seen.

  9. Old-school

    Nice update on Matt McLain from Charlie Goldsmith. He has been cleared to run and throw. Still 6 weeks away from swinging a bat and that will determine his timeline. 6 weeks from now is June 22 so that will be the big test if August is still in play.

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    • Melvin

      McLain coming back this year and playing well is a minor miracle I would like to see. 🙂

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    • JayTheRed

      I do not want them rushing him back. Let him heal, then get some work in the minors. My prediction is if he comes back it will be September.

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  10. Mark Moore

    Watched last night after I had turned off my laptop, so no comments from me. I shut it down when we had the lead midway through the game with hope for happy news this morning. Checked this morning and was happy until I looked at the summary and saw what Stewie pulled off. Gutsy move by House wheeling him around, but they needed to make perfect throws and couldn’t do it after that little Keystone Kops routine at the wall. I mean, heck, it’s there own park … they should know they shouldn’t both go all the way to the wall for that. But we got the benefit of an insurance run, so it’s all good, right? 😛

    Broke the streak. Time to start our own streak of W’s and keep Kicking some West Coast Pigs!!

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  11. MBS

    Is it weird that I like Fairchild more now than I did in past seasons? He’s robbing HR’s in the field, and now he hit an inside the parker! Maybe he’s getting too much exposure. Now that we got Friedl back we have 4 better OF options. That should let Bell use him in situations where he can shine a bit.

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  12. LDS

    We should start a pool to see when Capel finally gets in the game. Even Bubba played more than Capel has.

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    • JayTheRed

      I was wondering about that. They called the guy up to sit on the bench. I don’t think he has had a pinch AB yet. That’s frustrating and that’s David Bells fault.

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  13. Indy Red Man

    Stuey watched more then ran until it kicked off the wall, but everyone does it now. Pete didn’t though or Joe or Griffey Sr. I remember a game in Milwaukee where Jay Bruce cost us the game by narrowly getting thrown out going for a triple after jogging out of the gate. Back to Stuey…. perfectly acceptable 5th OF, but seems like a good athlete playing baseball rather then a natural baseball player.

    Nice win overall. Solid starting pitching this year and maybe even very good considering Gabp. The bats will come around somewhat , but even if they survive May (7 with LA) then the pen and the weak lineups vs lefties will get them in the end. I’d call up Hinds to atleast have the chance to hurt a lefty starter and trade for Kopech or someone strong for high leverage. We’re going to lose a lot of 1 run games with Sims and company

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  14. Doug Gray

    A lot of “Stu didn’t run fast” stuff in here and guys I’m just here to tell you that he got around the bases in 15.1 seconds and the fastest recorded inside the park homer recorded by Statcast (which goes back to 2015) is 13.9 seconds. The next fastest was 14.1 seconds.

    A whole second was the difference between Stu last night and the second fastest inside the park homer over the last decade. And the guy who had both the #1 and #2 spots is Byron Buxton, who when he did that, was arguably the fastest man in the sport not named Billy Hamilton.

    I think some of you romanticize stuff a bit too much in your memories.

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    • JayTheRed

      Thank you for bringing in the reality of the situation. I can’t believe how few people here are celebrating Stu’s inside the park home run. This kind of thing does not happen that often. I guess some complain even when the Reds win. Shrug. .. Don’t know what else to say but hey Fairchild thanks for the Inside the parker.

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    • Indy Red Man

      Watched it again Doug….just for you)) Maybe Stuey is just borderline top 10 fastest man in mlb because he didn’t kick in the afterburners til he was about 1/3 of the way to 2B….just like everyone else in todays game. Pete isn’t the best human in the world, but he played the game the right way. I don’t think his effort is being romanticized. I can be guilty of that as a old-timer. It took me 25-30 years to get past most of my love for Bobby Knight. Winning absolutely isn’t everything

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      • Doug Gray

        Nobody kicks in the afterburners just for fun and they never did with the absolute rarest of exceptions. It’s why Charlie Hustle was not a term of endearment when given to Peter.

    • Melvin

      He was fast no matter which way you look at it that’s for sure. In his post game interview he said he thought he “got it” and was half jogging and then when he saw it take that great hop he was full speed ahead. I guess going by what he said he could have even been faster which is amazing.

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  15. Rednat

    I agree with Doug above . Yes he was looking at the trajectory of the ball. But he was busting his hump right out of the box. Nobody at this level is just making contact and then putting their head down and running to first and looking at the first base coach for further instruction. What infuriates me is when a player just stands at home and admires his shot. Many times it will be just a wall scraper Homer or worse off the wall.

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  16. Indy Red Man

    Speaking of Hinds earlier….not in the lineup yesterday? Hmm? We stink vs lefties and since April 23 he’s 18-57 (.316) with 5 doubles, triple, and 2 HRs with 13 rbis. I’ll take him over Espinal or Maile or whoever else we keep throwing out there vs lhp.

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    • Doc

      I wonder what percentage of players who hit .300+ in AAA get called up and hit better than .250 the rest of that first call up season. My bet is that it is a low percentage.

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      • Indy Red Man

        True, but like I said….whats the alternative? Espinal or Benson vs lefties? He might run into one….esp in Gabp.

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