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Cincinnati Reds blow four-run lead in 7-6 loss to San Francisco Giants


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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Two-run dingers from both Joey Votto and Mike Moustakas likely get them the nod here, but it’s incredibly late and the pain of watching this one slip away has already sapped the energy of the night.

Nick Castellanos had a couple more hits, which was rad. Eugenio Suarez was on base twice, while Alex Blandino poked a big RBI single (at the time).

Still, it will still get filed to memory as a game where the Reds had a 4-0 lead with all the cards in their hands and still found a way to lose. Drat.

Key Plays

  • The Top of the 1st pitted the Reds offense against former Red Kevin Gausman, who had been tabbed as the Giants Opening Day starter earlier this year. So, naturally the Reds socked it to him immediately. Votto popped a 2-run blast over the LF fence in vintage oppo-fashion, while Moose later followed with a 2-run splash into McCovey Cove to put the Reds ahead immediately, 4-0.
  • The Bottom of the 1st pitted the Giants offense against Luis Castillo, who had been tabbed as the Reds Opening Day starter earlier this year. So, naturally Mike Yastrzemski socked a 2-run dinger over the RF wall to make this would-be pitcher’s duel an early 4-2 game. Before the inning could end, Castillo got completely burned by an awful #UmpShow on a fastball that was clearly a strike that would’ve made things a 2-2 count against Brandon Crawford, and the very next pitch - now in a 3-1 count - was socked for another 2-run dinger, too. Game tied, 4-4.
  • Jesse Winker coaxed a 2-out walk off Gausman in the Top of the 2nd, and that proved fruitful when Castellanos socked an RBI-double into the LF corner a batter later, putting the Reds back on top at 5-4.
  • Things remained locked tightly after the early flurry, but the Bottom of the 6th saw the Giants finally flip the score. Sean Doolittle was on the mound in relief for the Reds, and he surrendered a solo bonk to Evan Longoria into the LF seats that made it a 5-5 affair. A Buster Posey single chased Doolittle in favor of righty Carson Fulmer, but Austin Slater made that change moot with an RBI triple into right-center that left the Reds in a 6-5 hole.
  • Jonathan India got things started for the Reds in the Top of the 7th with a single down the LF line that Longoria let roll because he thought it might roll foul. Fair it stayed, though, and after a balk and wild pitch by former Red Wandy Peralta put him in scoring position, India scored on a pinch-hit RBI single into shallow CF by Alex Blandino, one that fell in thanks to a couple of hustling Giants banging into each other to no avail. Game tied, 6-6.
  • Cionel Perez took the mound for the Reds in the Bottom of the 7th and had an impossible time finding the strikezone, unfortunately. After a pair of walks he managed to coax a grounder for a force-out at 2B, but David Bell turned to Lucas Sims at that point to help clean things up. A sac fly got the Reds an out, but also plated the run that put the Reds behind once again, 7-6. That, folks, was that.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • It’s almost Sonny in Cincinnati, finally, as Sonny Gray is slated to rejoin the Reds rotation this weekend. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic had the news, as Sonny will toe the rubber for the Reds either Friday or Saturday in their series against Cleveland.
  • Luis Castillo struggled early with command, but eventually settled down to get a pile of outs and keep the Reds in punching distance. His final line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K on 98 pitches.
  • Tomorrow is a matinee series finale against the Reds and Giants, at least if you’re somewhere well west of the eastern time zone. It’ll feature a very familiar face on the mound, too, as Johnny Cueto will start for the Giants while Tyler Mahle goes for the Reds. First pitch is set for 3:45 PM ET.
  • Tunes.