Giants vs. Reds: Giants Swept By Reds After 9-0 Beat Down at Great American Ballpark

The San Francisco Giants are in Cincinnati to take on the struggling Reds. Both teams are currently heading in opposite directions, but the Reds talent always makes them dangerous, especially in their home ballpark. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Reds, MLB Scores: Zito, Giants Rocked by Reds 9-0

In a start that could be seen as a make-or-break moment for the San Francisco Giants Barry Zito the Cincinnati Reds' offense were once again all over the Black and Orange, rocking Zito early and often throughout the game, eventually clinching the series sweep with a 9-0 drubbing at the Great American Ballpark on Sunday. 

Zito (L 3-4) gave up three early runs in the first inning, setting the tone for another shaky start by the former Cy Young winner. After all the dust settled the Reds roughed up Zito for five earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work along with two walks and four strikeouts; not exactly a huge vote of confidence for the Giants management or even Zito himself for that matter.The bullpen didn't fare much better as Guillermo Mota gave up a three run jack to Joey Votto in the seventh, his 17th of the season, while Javy Lopez gave up a Yonder Alonso RBI single in the eighth.

Obviously the Giants offense didn't do much today as Aaron Rowand, Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Beltran were the only players to get a hit today at all, while Beltran broke a 0-11 streak he had going since his RBI single i nthe first game of the series. Orlando Cabrera went 0-3 with a strikeout in his Giant debut. 

Johnny Cueto (W 7-4) was filthy good for the Reds today pitching a complete game shutout with only one walk and six strikeouts along the way. 

With the loss the Giants move to 61-47 on the year. Full box score can be found here

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Giants vs. Reds, Starting Lineups: Orlando Cabrera Makes Giants Debut at Shortstop, Batting Sixth

The San Francisco Giants find themselves in a spot they haven’t been in much this season, on the verge of being swept. The Giants haven’t been swept since the last installment of the Bay Bridge Series with the Oakland A’s in June, but are in danger of putting up a goose egg in a series for the fourth time this season.

And to put even more pressure on the team today, Barry Zito will basically have a ‘make or break’ start Sunday; if he pitches poorly he will likely be yanked from the rotation. Zito struggled mightily in his last start, hopefully he can right the ship today.

As for the lineup, Aaron Rowand will be leading off and playing center field once again, while Orlando Cabrera will be making his Giants debut batting sixth and playing shortstop. Brandon Belt will be at first, batting seventh, while Eli Whiteside will be the backstop once again to catch Barry Zito.

In a corresponding roster move, the Giants sent Brandon Crawford back to triple-A Fresno to make room for Cabrera. Crawford hit .190/.275/.261 with San Francisco this season. 

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Aaron Rowand CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Nate Schierholtz LF
6. Orlando Cabrera SS
7. Brandon Belt 1B
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Barry Zito P

Cincinnati Reds Lineup:

1. Drew Stubbs CF
2. Edgar Renteria SS
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Chris Heisey LF
7. Ramon Hernandez C
8. Todd Frazier 3B
9. Johnny Cueto P

First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 AM with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more on the Black and Orange, check out McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Reds, MLB Scores: Bumgarner's Rough Start Sinks Giants 7-2

The San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner came into Saturday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds looking for his third straight win, but after the first inning was just trying to keep it close. The Reds batted around on Bummy in the first, finishing with 5 runs in the frame and an eventual 7-2 win at the Great American Ballpark. 

All in all Bumgarner laster for only four innings of the night, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits along with three walks and four strikeouts. Bummy had himself a 30 minute 40 pitch first inning with Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Chris Haisley raking RBI singles. He settled down for a few innings but lost composure again in the fifth after a balk and an error from Pablo Sandoval cost him a run, then another RBI single from Miguel Cairo put the fork in Bumgarner for good. Madison also broke his streak of 19 straight starts with two walks or fewer tonight, two shy of Giants legend Juan Marichal's Giants record. 

Pablo Sandoval launched a solo shot in the second, his 11th of the year, while an Edgar Renteria error in the fourth scored Chris Stewart for the Giants only other run. Pablo finished the night 3-5, Jeff Keppinger was 2-5, Brandon Belt was 1-4 while Carlos Beltran was 0-5 in his third game in the Black and Orange. 

With the loss the Giants move to 61-46, and drop only their fifth three game series of the year. Full box score can be found here

The Giants will look to avoid being swept in the Queen City Sunday as Barry Zito (3-3 5.24 ERA) will take the mound for San Francisco to face Johnny Cueto (6-4 1.88 ERA) for Cincinnati. First pitch is set for 10:10 am PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Reds, Starting Lineups: Belt, Crawford Earn Starts Against Reds Saturday

The San Francisco Giants don’t fall short in many one run games, but unfortunately did on Friday at the hands of former Giant Edgar Renteria and the Cincinnati Reds. But today is a new day, and the Giants are ready to earn another road victory and tie this three game series at one game a piece.

Many players who played yesterday will not be in the starting lineup due to the long game Friday as Andres Torres will start in center in lieu of Aaron Rowand, Brandon Belt will be at first instead of Aubrey Huff, while Brandon Crawford gets the start at shortstop as Mike Fontenot will grab some pine meat. Nate Schierholtz will be in left to give Cody Ross some time off, while Chris Stewart will be behind the dish to catch Madison Bumgarner instead of Eli Whiteside.

The two, three and four hitters will all remain the same as yesterday with Jeff Keppinger, Carlos Beltran and Pablo Sandoval playing second, right field, and third respectfully.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Nate Schierholtz LF
6. Brandon Belt 1B
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Madison Bumgarner P

Cincinnati Reds Lineup:

1. Drew Stubbs CF
2. Edgar Renteria SS
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Miguel Cairo 3B
6. Jay Bruce RF
7. Chris Heisey LF
8. Ryan Hanigan C
9. Mike Leake P

First pitch is set for 4:10 pm PT this evening. Coverage can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants head on over to McCovey Chronicles and make your voice heard!

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Giants vs. Reds, MLB Schedule Preview: Madison Bumgarner Looking For Third Straight Win

The San Francisco Giants came to Cincinnati on Friday with a feather in their cap after handing the Phillies their first home series loss of the season, but immediately found themselves in a 13 inning marathon in steamy conditions that eventually merited a loss for the Black and Orange. But tonight they seek some revenge as Madison Bumgarner takes the mound to face Mike Leake and the Reds, looking for his third win in a row for the first time this season. 

It's been a bit of a see-saw season for Bumgarner (6-9 3.56 ERA) thus far, but the young left-hander has been dominant as of late. He allowed only one run on eight hits in seven 2/3 innings against the Brewers in his last outing, as well as having five quality starts in his last six turns in the rotation. He also hasn't allowed more than two walks in his last 19 starts, something a Giants pitcher hadn't done since Juan Marichal in 1970-1971 in a span of 21 straight starts. Bummy last took on the Reds toward the beginning of June, keeping Cincy to one run on eight hits in seven innings of work at AT&T Park, hopefully he can do something similar at the Great American Ballpark this evening. 

The Reds will send out right-hander Mike Leake (8-6 4.04 ERA), who is trying to stop a two-game skid of his own after dropping his last two decisions. He pitched well in those outings though, allowing only three runs in 12 1/3 innings of work. He took on the Giants on June 11, tossing eight straight goose eggs along with four hits and a season high eight strikeouts. Still, the Giants are currently batting .396 against Leake as they try to even this series at one game apiece. 

The Giants are 8-0-2 over their last 10 series played, and are winners of nine of their last 14 games. They also are 19-4 in three game series on the year, another impressive stat. 

First pitch is set for 4:10 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs Reds, MLB Scores: Edgar Renteria Walks Off in 13th for 4-3 Reds Win

It was a muggy night at the Great American Ballpark this evening as the San Francisco Giants faced off with the Cincinnati Reds. Both teams got on the board early but slowed down considerably as Ryan Vogelsong and Dontrelle Willis settled into the game, eventually forcing extra innings. And after 13 innings it was former Giant Edgar Renteria eventually breaking the stalemate, topping the Giants 4-3.

Vogelsong lasted for six innings tonight, allowing all three of the Reds runs in the first two innings of the game. Vogey was noticeably affected by the steamy conditions but adjusted nicely, keeping Cincy to seven hits along with two walks and one punch out. Then it was the bullpen’s turn as Sergio Romo, Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez kept the Reds in check through the ninth inning.

Carlos Beltran started San Francisco off on the right foot with his first hit as a Giant, an RBI single in the first. Aubrey Huff added a sacrifice fly in the sixth, then down one run in the eighth Eli Whiteside hit a clutch double to center, scoring Huff for the tying run of the game.

Guillermo Mota faced a bases loaded situation in the tenth with only one out until Nate Schierholtz caught Todd Frazer’s shallow pop fly, then proceeded to throw out Joey Votto at home with a laser beam to Whiteside for the inning ending double play. Mota handed the ball off to Brian Wilson in the 13th, (L 6-3) who was tabbed with his third loss of the season by Renteria.

With the loss the Giants move to 61-45 on the year.

The Giants will send out Madison Bumgarner (6-9 3.56 ERA) to face Mike Leake (8-6 4.04 ERA) on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10 pm PT. Coverage can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Reds, Starting Lineups: Aaron Rowand Leading Off, Mike Fontenot Starts at SS

The San Francisco Giants are in Cincinnati to take on the Reds, looking to keep their winning ways intact while extending the Reds losing streak to five straight.

Aaron Rowand will get the start in center field tonight and bat leadoff, while Carlos Beltran will bat third again and play right field. Pablo Sandoval will bat cleanup, Aubrey Huff will be at first, while Mike Fontenot will get the start at shortstop this evening. Eli Whiteside will be the backstop, catching for Madison Bumgarner.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Aaron Rowand CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Aubrey Huff 1B
7. Eli Whiteside C
8. Mike Fontenot SS
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Cincinnati Reds Lineup:

1. Drew Stubbs CF
2. Fred Lewis LF
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Miguel Cairo 3B
7. Ramon Hernandez C
8. Paul Janish SS
9. Dontrelle Willis P

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Reds, MLB Schedule Preview: Ryan Vogelsong Takes His Show On The Road

The Great American Ballpark is a great place to enjoy a ballgame (so I'm told), but the last few games for the Cincinnati Reds at their home ballpark have been less than amusing to them. They're coming off a four game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets (sans Carlos Beltran) as they get set to host the defending champion San Francisco Giants and All-Star Ryan Vogelsong Friday night. 

Vogelsong's (8-1 2.10 ERA) last three outings have all come at AT&T Park, but will be taking his show on the road this evening in Cincy. Vogey is coming off his eighth win of the season against the Brewers, lasting for five innings of two run ball with seven hits and two punch outs. He pitched against the Reds back in the beginning of June, getting a no decision for his six innings of two run ball against them. 

The Reds will send out Dontrelle Willis (0-1 3.71 ERA) tonight, who spent part of the year in 2010 with in Giants minor league system. This is his third start of the year for Cincinnati, taking a no decision in his last outing against the Braves after allowing three runs in seven innings of a 4-3 Reds come from behind win.

Carlos Beltran will be eyeing his first hit as a Giant after going 0-4 in his debut Thursday in Philadelphia. Beltran is 1-6 at the Great American Ballpark this year with two RBI, three runs scored, and three walks.  

First pitch is set for 4:10 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network and KNBR 680 AM. 

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MLB Standings Update: Giants Maintain Four Game Lead Over D'backs

The dog days of summer are only a few days away, that means the playoffs are drawing near. And even though the end of the season is still two plus months away, all teams across the league are getting ready to make their push, and all the games are must-win. 

The Giants have won nine of their last 13 games, ensuring a four game lead over the second place Diamondbacks. Arizona and San Francisco have seemingly been at this distance for a long time now, but they have had almost and identical record since the All-Star break with Arizona's 8-5 record in their last 13. From there, the NL West gets pretty ugly as Colorado, L.A. and San Diego all are well below .500 and all but finished this season in terms of the playoffs. They might still be making some moves at the trade deadline, but that remains to be seen.  

 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 61 44 .580 0 Won 2
Arizona 57 48 .542 4 Lost 1
Colorado 49 56 .466 12 Won 1
Los Angeles 47 57 .451 13.5 Lost 1
San Diego 46 60 .433 15.5 Won 1

(updated 7.29.2011 at 10:58 AM PDT)



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Giants vs. Reds, Series Preview: Giants Head to Cincy To Face Sputtering Reds

As the San Francisco Giants head to Cincinnati to take on the Reds, these two talented teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum right now. The Giants are coming off a series win in Philadelphia, something the Black and Orange haven't done since 2004, while the Reds are fresh off a four game sweep at home against the New York Mets, a feat the Mets had never accomplished in their history. But neither team is expecting anything less that a battle as both teams fight for their playoff lives at the Great American Ballpark. 

The Reds have won only five of their last 13 games while the Giants have only lost four of their last 13. Cincy hasn't a lot of trouble scoring, but they have had troubles holding on to leads. The Reds will send out Dontrelle Willis, Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto for this three game series, while the Giants will use Ryan Vogelsong, Madison Bumgarner, and the dreaded TBA as Barry Zito's baseball existence begins to dwindle away. 

In other news the Giants have allowed infielder Miguel Tejada to resume baseball activities after dealing with an oblique strain, and is shooting for an August 4 return date from the DL. Infielder Bill Hall was taken of the DL and designated for assignment, Emmanuel Burriss will join him in Fresno, Brandon Belt will be sticking around, while the team hasn't released Pat Burrell as he is ineligible being on the DL, and may keep him anyway. 


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3 game series vs Reds @ Great American Ball Park

San Francisco Giants
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Jul 29, 2011, 4:10 PM PDT
Great American Ball Park

Ryan Vogelsong vs Dontrelle Willis

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

 

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Sat 07/30 Madison Bumgarner vs. Mike Leake 4:10 PM PDT
Sun 07/31 TBA vs. Johnny Cueto 10:10 AM PDT

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