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Giants vs. Reds, MLB Scores: Giants Blanked By Reds 3-0 in Series Opener

It was another pitcher’s duel at AT&T Thursday night as Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants squared off with the Cincinnati Reds. The offense was once again hard to come by for Bummy, who pitched very well; just not as well as Johnny Cueto, who along with his battery mates shut out the Giants by a score of 3-0.

Bumgarner (L 2-8) suffered another hard luck loss after pitching seven solid innings, allowing only one run on eight hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts. His counterpart this evening, Johnny Cueto (W 3-2), was extremely effective in his seven innings, allowing only four hits while fanning eight Giants. Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero kept the G-Men silent in eighth and ninth, with Cordero earning his 12th save of the season.

The Giants offense really struggled tonight, going 0-7 with runners in scoring position and only one extra base hit, a double by Miguel Tejada, who finished 2-4 on the night and the only Giant with more than one hit.

A Johnny Gomes single in the fourth plated Scott Rolen to get the Reds on the board, but they didn’t score again until the eighth after a passed ball from Eli Whiteside scored Joey Votto. The Reds added another in the ninth off a Brandon Philips RBI single.

Former San Francisco Giant and current Cincinnati Red Edgar Renteria received his World Series ring before the game to a great ovation at AT&T. Great to see him back, the fans will certainly always have love for that man. 

With the loss the Giants move to 35-28 on the year.Full box score can be found here.

Friday will see Ryan Vogelsong (4-1 1.68 ERA) take the mound for the Giants to take on Travis Wood (4-4 5.72 ERA) for the Reds. Coverage will start at 7:15 p.m. PT on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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