Rewind: Reds vs Giants, Game #2

After Noah Lowry's three-hit shutout where his team won 11-0, the Giants were looking to win another game. Tonight, they were unable to do so. The Reds got an early lead, and Brett Tomko only pitched five innings, giving up five earned runs and ten hits. Reds starter Jose Acevado was knocked out in the Giants four-run fifth, giving up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3. The final score was 8-7, in favor of the Reds.

The game remained scoreless for the first two innings. The Reds got runners in scoring position in both innings but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities provided for them.

In the third, they jumped out ahead. Sean Casey hit an infield single and Ken Griffey Jr doubled to left, moving Casey to third. Adam Dunn blasted one to right-center, giving the Reds an early 3-0 lead.

A two-out single by D'angelo Jimenez followed by a Casey double gave the Reds another run in the fourth.

The Giants clawed back, with consecutive one-out doubles by Pedro Feliz and A.J. Pierzynski in the bottom of the inning putting them on the board.

Adam Dunn hit a solo shot to right to put the Reds on top 5-1 in the fifth. However, the Giants decided that it was time to even the score. Pinch-hitter Dustan Mohr hit an inside-the-park home run, a rarely seen feat in baseball. With two down and the team down by three runs, J.T. Snow hit a single and Bonds was walked. Feliz hit a single to center, scoring Snow. On an error by Reds center fielder Wily Mo Pena, Bonds scored and Feliz got to second. Pierzynski hit an RBI single to center to tie the game at 5.

However, Scott Eyre coughed up two more runs in the sixth, giving up a two-out, two-run homer to F Lopez.

Pinch-hitter Deivi Cruz led off the Giants half of the inning with a single, and a two-out ground-rule double by Snow drove him in, putting the Giants within one run again.

In the seventh, a Jose Valentin triple followed by a Juan Castro double gave the Reds their eighth run of the ballgame.

Ray Durham's solo shot in the eighth brought the Giants within one once again, but they were unable to catch up to the Reds, even though they had two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Player of the Game: It's hard to choose because several Giants played important offensive roles. But I will give this award to A.J Pierzynski, who had a double and a single, driving in two of the Giants seven runs. He has improved a lot since the beginning of the year, and is now looking like he did in Minnesota. Honorable mentions: J.T. Snow, Ray Durham, Pedro Feliz, and Dustan Mohr.

Notes: The Cubs have won three straight and lead the Wild Card now. TheGiants are two games behind them, and the Padres are behind the Cubs by one game. The Giants as a team left eleven men on base, and the Reds left only nine.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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