San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach sits in the dugout after the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael E. Keating)
By Jeremy Kahn
When you thought, things could not get any worse for the San Francisco Giants and their early season slump, just turn your head from Saturday night’s outcome.
Ty Blach allowed 10 runs in three innings of work, along 11 hits and the Cincinnati Reds simply destroyed the Giants for the second straight night after a 14-2 victory at Great American Ballpark.
Blach is the first Giants pitcher to allow 10 runs in a game since Jamey Wright did so against the San Diego Padres on May 1, 2006 at AT&T Park.
The left-hander, who was making his third start in place of the injured Madison Bumgarner saw his earned run average increase from a moderate 2.55 to an astounding 5.66.
The Reds blew the game wide open in the bottom of the third inning, as they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
Reds left-hander Amir Garrett gave up two runs on five hits in six innings of work, as he walked four and struck out four.
Former Giants outfielder Adam Duvall, along with Patrick Kivlehan and Eugenio Suarez each hit solo home runs, as the Reds topped their season high in runs by one that was set in Friday’s 13-3 victory over the Giants.
Prior to the game, the Giants recalled Justin Ruggiano from Triple-A Sacramento and designated outfielder Drew Stubbs for assignment.
Ruggiano made his Giants debut, as he started and went 0-for-3 on the night.
Nine different Reds players drove in runs, as they picked up 18 hits on the night. The 27 runs scored by the Reds in the first two games of the series are the most by the team in a two-game stretch since May-2010, when they also scored 27 runs against the Houston Astros.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Reds, who have six out of their last seven. They are 5-1 on their nine-game home-stand after losing seven out of 10 on their previous home-stand.
NOTES: Former Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto looks to stop the bleeding on Sunday afternoon, as he takes the mound against his former team, while Peninsula native Scott Feldman takes the ball for the Reds, who are looking for the sweep.