Friday, June 29, 2012

Giants use one-hitter to stomp Reds

Hanigan recorded the Reds' only hit off Bumgarner.
The West Coast never seems to be nice when the Redlegs visit, and Thursday evening turned into a very unfriendly welcome. The Reds (41-34) and Giants (44-33) met up as Cincinnati began an 11-game road trip on the left coast. San Francisco won 5-0. Johnny Cueto (L 9-4, 2.26) struggled with command a bit, but still ended up with a quality start. The problem is that he was overshadowed by Madison Bumgarner (W 10-4, 2.85) who threw a complete-game shutout as it was all the Reds could do to even manage one hit.

Here’s the good, the bad, and the notables:

The Good
-While he took the loss Cueto did pitch six good innings, allowing three total runs, two of them earned with three strikeouts, though he did walk four. Any other day (like one where the Reds’ offense showed up) this would have been good enough.
-Ryan Hanigan’s single in the sixth inning foiled the no-hit bid by Bumgarner, but it turned out to be the only hit the Reds would collect.
-Drew Stubbs was the only other Red to reach base, with two walks and a stolen base (16).
-After a bad outing the day before, Jose Arredondo struck out the side in his one inning against the Giants.
-The Reds did not, I repeat did not, get no-hit.

The Bad
-Everyone besides Hanigan combined to go 0-for-23, with eight strikeouts. That is ugly.
-Sam LeCure gave up two earned runs in one inning.
-Two of the Reds’ most sure-handed defenders committed errors, with Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen each being charged with one.
-Stubbs was also caught stealing once, and was picked off at first base.

The Notables
-It was way less hot in San Francisco than it was here, as 41,626 packed into AT&T Park on a cool 61-degree evening.
-The last time the Reds were 1-hit was on July 29, 2009 when current Redleg Mat Latos performed the deed as a member of the Padres.
-The Giants have now thrown four-straight shutouts.
-The Reds and the Giants get back at it Friday night at 10:15pm EST, as Mike Leake (2-5, 4.46) will face Matt Cain (9-2, 2.27).

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