Game 75: Reds 0, Giants 5
I stayed up until 1 a.m., but then turned it off after the 8th and missed all the excitement. Oh wait, there was no excitement. The Reds were shut-out and 1-hit. Final score: Reds 0, Giants 5.
Johnny Cueto took the mound for the Reds, but he got touched early and his team never recovered. In 6.0 innings pitched he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 4 walks. I’m not sure what to think about all those walks, but he did pick off two runners in the fourth inning. That was a meager bright spot.
Sam LeCure came in for an inning and gave up the other runs, and Jose Arredondo finished it out with a scoreless inning, but the game could have ended after the first inning with the same result.
There’s not much to say about the Reds’ offense: they had three baserunners on the whole night. Drew Stubbs drew walks twice and successfully stole once. Ryan Hannigan broke up the no-hitter (reducing it to a mere 1-hitter) in the sixth. And that’s it.
The pain is unlikely to end as the series continues tonight. Mike Leake (2-5, 4.46 ERA) goes against Matt Cain (9-2, 2.27 ERA) who isn’t far removed from a perfect game and has gone 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA in June. It’s another late one, with the first pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET