Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Bengie Molina. The San Francisco catcher went 3-4 with a double, a home run, 3 RBI, and a run scored.
- The Reds' first inning woes continued tonight, as Eugenio Velez led off the game with a single, advanced to second and scored on Bengie Molina's double. Despite putting up ten runs last night, optimism was not high to surmount this one run deficit.
- And surmount it they did not. However, the Reds did pull even when Brandon Phillips's leadoff walk haunted the Giants as he scored on Wladimir Balentien's double.
- Brandon Phillips scored the Reds second run as well, when he doubled in the fourth inning. Jonny Gomes hit a single to bring him in and gave the Reds the lead. ZOMG!
- It was short-lived, and the Giants pulled away for good in the sixth inning. Velez hit a leadoff home run to tie the affair, and old NL Central foe Freddy Sanchez reached on a single. Alex Gonzalez made a throwing error on a popup and Sanchez advanced to third base. Bengie Molina followed that with a single up the middle and the Giants were winning, 3-2.
- To cap off his big day, Molina homered in the eighth inning.
- Scott Rolen was a late scratch, missing the game with "concussion-like symptoms." He's being flown back to Cincinnati for evaluation. Rolen, of course, was hit in the head with a pitch by Jason Marquis.
- The Reds have given up 96 first inning runs, most in the majors. When your offense is not strong, it doesn't help to be immediately facing a deficit.
- If it seems like Eugenio Velez has been dominating Reds pitching, your hunch is correct. He has four career home runs, and three of them have come against the Reds.
- Despite the fact that Scott Rolen has missed more games than he's played since coming to the Reds, the trade for Wladimir Balentien seems to be paying dividends. He has a hit in every game he's started for the Reds.
- Joey Votto went hitless today with three strikeouts. Jo-eh is in a bit of a slump, going 1-17 with 10 strikeouts in that time. Brandon Phillips though has hits in 8 of his last 9 games.
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|San Francisco Giants||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||X||4||8||0|
|WP: Barry Zito (8 - 10)
SV: Brian Wilson (28)
LP: Bronson Arroyo (10 - 11)