The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The San Francisco Giants hitters. Dear sheezus, they smacked 17 hits and scored 16 runs.
Go get 'em tomorrow, Reds.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Jesse Winker, who went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI; Scott Schebler, who donked a 2-run doinker off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner; Ramon Cabrera, who went 2 for 3 as the starting catcher; Alex Blandino, who went 2 for 2; and Tony Cingrani, who was the only Reds pitcher to record more than a single out that didn't allow a run to score.
- Jake Cave continued his hot Cactus League start by leading off the Top of the 1st with a single to LF, and he moved up to 2B on a comebacker to Madison Bumgarner off the bat of Eugenio Suarez. That left a runner in scoring position for Winker, who poked a chest-high fastball up the middle for a single that drove in Cave. After a Brandon Phillips pop-out to CF, Schebler then blasted a giant 2-run dinger over the fence in right-center. Woo hoo, dingers! Reds led, 3-0.
- Remember, though, that it's an even year, and the San Francisco Giants are witches. Therefore, they immediately struck back in the Bottom of the 1st thanks to a leadoff bloop single from Angel Pagan, the first hit of Joe Panik's 2016 Cactus League - a single to RF - and a walk that featured a bit of #UmpShow ball/strike calls. That left the bases loaded with none out against Anthony DeSclafani, but he got Jarrett Parker to ground out to 1B (that was nearly a double play but did allow Pagan to score) before Gregor Blanco grounded into what also should've been a routine 6-4-3 DP. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. fielded it cleanly and flipped to BP with plenty of time, but BP dropped the exchange, which then allowed Panik to score. A flyout to RF later, Disco was out of the inning, but the Reds lead had shrunk to 3-2.
- Panik and Parker struck again in the Bottom of the 3rd, first as Panik tripled to the wall in right-center and later when they both scored on Parker's no-doubt dinger onto the lawn 50 feet past where Panik's ball landed. Reds trailed, 4-3.
- This time, it was the Reds' turn to react quickly, and they did so in the Top of the 4th to the tune of a double off the CF wall by Brandon Allen and a subsequent RBI single to LF off the bat of Phillip Ervin. Game tied, 4-4.
- BUT BUT BUT the Giants took it upon themselves to return the favor, and they pushed another run across the plate in the Bottom of the 4th. Kelby Tomlinson took a 1-out walk off of former Giant Jonathan Sanchez, and he then moved to 3B when Conor Gillaspie's single clanged off Allen's diving glove at 1B. Two batters later Grant Green lifted a sac-fly deep enough to RF, and Tomlinson tagged and came home. Later that inning, Pagan took a walk to move Gillaspie to 2B, and a Panik single scored Gillaspie. Or, so we thought. Turns out, Pagan got thrown out trying to take 3B on the play, and scrupulous umpiring determined that the tag at 3B happened prior to Gillaspie crossing home plate, ergo the run didn't count. Reds trailed, 5-4.
- Gillaspie scored in the Bottom of the 5th, though, after Sanchez allowed a 2-out walk to him followed by back to back singles. Sanchez then threw one to the backstop with Tomlinson on 3B, which brought in yet another Giant run. That chased Sanchez and brought in Tony Cingrani from the pen, yet Grant Green poked an opposite-field triple just inside the 1B line to drive in another pair of Giants baserunners. That all came with 2-outs, mind you. Reds trailed, 9-4.
- The Reds made closed the gap a bit in the Top of the 7th, largely fueled by the Junior Reds. Eugenio Suarez led off the inning with a liner of a single to RF, and Alex Blandino singled two batter later to put runners at 1B & 2B. Calten Daal then took a walk to chase Chris Heston from the game & load the bases, & Seth Mejias-Brean then scored on a wild pitch after pinch-running for Suarez. Red Reporter favorite Donald Lutz then doubled to CF to clear the bases, and the Reds trailed, 9-7.
- However, this game was destined to take all night to end, and Christian Arroyo deeee-stroyed a Chris O'Grady meatball in the Bottom of the 7th, a 2-run shot that put the Giants back on top 11-7. O'Grady then yielded a walk to Andrew Susac followed by a double to Mac Williamson, the latter of which scored the former. Whatever a "Randy Moreno" is then tripled to drive in another run at some point around midnight ET, and that finally, mercifully chased O'Grady to the showers. Carlos Contreras took over and allowed a bloop single to score another run (yaaaawn), and something something the Reds trailed, 14-7.
- San Francisco notched another run on a flurry of singles in the Bottom of the 8th. You don't care at this point. The Giants scored again, and the Reds lost, 16-7.
- Donald Lutz is truly the coolest, in case you didn't remember. The guy's been great to Red Reporter for years, and it's awesome to see him healthy again with a chance to find a place somewhere within the organization once more.
- The Reds hit Bumgarner hard tonight. It's probably worth noting that Bumgarner threw almost exclusively fastballs on the evening.
- Paul O'Neill was at a Donald Trump press conference Tuesday evening. Retroactively, I'm a gigantic Roberto Kelly fan.
- Speaking of which, Roberto Kelly was the Giants' 3B coach in this tie. Hmm.
- The Reds will head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick tomorrow to tangle with the Colorado Rockies. Brandon Finnegan is set for the start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:10 PM ET.