Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Juan Uribe. Uribe had two hits and 4 RBI to lead the Giants. Honorable mention goes to Jay Bruce and the Giants relievers.
- Johnny Cueto was wild all night which made for a hair-raising evening. In the second inning, Pat Burrell and Buster Posey singled with one out. Aaron Rowand flew out, but then Cueto threw a wild pitch and both runners advanced. Barry Zito then singled and both runners came around to score. A sloppy play maximized the damage, and an inability to get the pitcher out meant the Giants led, 2-0.
- The Reds mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning. Scott Rolen walked, and one out later Jay Bruce hit a long double. Drew Stubbs singled to knock in Rolen and Bruce went to third. Runners on the corners with one out and Barry Zito looking very hittable. But then Ramon Hernandez swung at the first pitch and grounded into an inning ending double play. Giants lead, 2-1.
- Cueto got no such help from his defense (or at least the umpire). In the third inning, Freddy Sanchez singled, then Pablo Sandoval grounded to shortstop. Orlando Cabrera fielded the ball and ran to second before throwing to first. The umpire ruled Sandoval safe, although replays suggested he was out. It may or may not have made a difference, but the next batter, Aubry Huff, hit a double that moved Sandoval to third and Juan Uribe singled, scoring both runners. Uribe was thrown out attempting to go to second. Giants lead, 4-1.
- The Giants nearly scored again in the fourth, but Drew Stubbs threw Buster Posey out at home.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Scott Rolen hit a one out triple, and Jonny Gomes hit a sacrifice fly to bring him in. Then Jay Bruce hit a home run. Giants lead, 4-3.
- The Reds missed a chance to make up more ground in the fifth. Ramon Hernandez singled, but Johnny Cueto struck out attempting to bunt him over. Really not a good game for Johnny. Especially because Brandon Phillips hit a two out double, but Herandez could only go from first to third. Joey Votto grounded out to end the inning.
- Cueto escaped a bases loaded jam in the sixth and called it a night.
- The Reds loaded the bases themselves in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Bruce singled, and Stubbs and Hernandez walked. Pinch hitter Miguel Cairo delivered a two run single and the Reds had the lead, 5-4!
- For the second night in a row, a shaky bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Danny Ray Herrera gave up hits to Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval, the first two batters he faced. Aubry Huff's grounder to Brandon Phillips advanced them both a base after Phillips decided he didn't have a play at second. Dusty brought in Enerio del Rosario, but Januario promptly gave up a two run single to Juan Uribe. Giants lead, 6-5.
- Barry Zito only had 5 career RBI before tonight.
- Each team used four relievers. The ERAs of the Giants: 2.66, 1.59, 1.27, 2.45. The ERAs of the Reds: 4.02, 1.59, 0.36, 10.61. Although that last guy was the most effective reliever tonight for the Reds.
- Johnny Cueto gave up three hits in the second inning, and had two strikes on each of those batters.
- This is the fifth time the Reds have lost a game Johnny Cueto pitched after he left with the lead.
- In case you missed it, the Reds took Yasmani Grandal, a catcher from Miami, with the 12th pick of the draft.