Rewind: Reds vs Giants, Game #3

After a close game the night before, the Giants came into today's afternoon rubber match in hopes of taking the series from the Reds. Things looked close for most of the game, but the Giants' #1 problem continues to loom over the team as their bullpen surrendered ten runs in one inning to take the series loss.

The Giants' lineup looked helpless without the likes of Barry Bonds or J.T. Snow, and their bullpen was up to it's usual games. Neither could give a hard luck Kirk Rueter out of a tough loss against the Reds' Aaron Harang.

Things seemed to look good for the Giants as Deivi Cruz hit a solo shot to give the Giants the first run of the game. However, the Reds came back and scored two more runs against Rueter before chasing him from the game after he pitched five and two-third innings.

Jim Brower came into the game in relief of Rueter and finished off the inning without any more damage. The game remained 2-1 in favor of the Reds until the eighth inning, where things started getting out of hand. Southpaw Scott Eyre entered the game and yielded three runs without getting any outs. The struggling Matt Herges relieved Eyre, and was unable to pitch through an error by Edgardo Alfonzo, leading to three more unearned runs.

Rookie Merkin Valdez was handed the ball when Ken Griffey, Jr. was announced as the pinch-hitter. Valdez looked pretty good, clocking all his pitches over 95 mph, and sent Griffey back to the dugout after he struck out swinging. However, Valdez lost all control of his pitches, and soon walked in two more runs before giving up a three run shot to cap the Reds' ten run burst out in the eighth inning.

The Giants made an attempt to rally back in the bottom of the eighth, as Dustan Mohr hit a double and came around to score on Ray Durham's triple. Durham scored on Michael Tucker's ground out, but that was all the Giants could muster up.

Players of the Game: In a game where offense was lacking and the pitching was below average, Kirk Rueter kept the Giants close for as long as he possibly could, by only giving up two runs. Dustan Mohr also continues hitting the ball well.



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