SF’s Eighth Inning Surge Beats Reds 6-4; Giants avoid getting swept

San Francisco Giant Evan Longoria circles the bases after hitting a three run homer in the eighth inning to help defeat the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Sun May 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Eighth Inning Surge Beats Reds 6-4

By Barbara Mason

It has been a tough start for the San Francisco Giants (25-21)on this most current road trip. Dropping two games in a row to the Cincinnati Reds (16-31) was a bit of a shocker to most. The Reds are simply not a good team: they are a club that the Giants should be able to handle.

The second game of this series was a tough loss for San Francisco with some curious decisions made in the ninth inning which may have cost them the game although they had numerous opportunities to come away with this contest. It was a team effort in this loss with 11 runners left stranded when all was said and done.

San Francisco took on the Reds in game three hoping to avoid the sweep. It was not looking good for the Giants until the eighth inning. The Reds again took the early lead in the second inning. Kyle Farmer scored off a Albert Almora Jr. single for the early 1-0 lead.

In the sixth inning the Reds extended their lead. Tyler Naquin doubled driving in Joey Votto for a 2-0 lead and this game was looking like more of the same.

The Giants broke this game wide open in the eighth inning. They saved the best for last. Tommy LaStella scored off a Pederson single followed by a home run by Evan Longoria driving in Wilmner Flores and Joc Pederson taking a 4-2 lead.

San Francisco was not finished: Luis Gonzalez would double driving in Thairo Estrada and Brandon Crawford for a 6-2 lead.

The Reds made some noise in the ninth inning when Albert Almora Jr. hit a home run and Farmer scored but that was it for the Reds and the Giants avoided the sweep. The Giants managed to win this game but again the Reds had more hits than San Francisco but the good new was that the Giants were back on the winning track.

Monday the Giants will take on the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Logan Webb (3-1, 3.54) will take the mound for San Francisco. For Philadelphia Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.94) will get the nod. First Pitch is scheduled for 1:05 at Citizens Bank Ballpark.

Giants Drop A Second Game to the Reds 3-2; Pham suspended three games for pre game slap on Pederson

The Cincinnati Reds Kyle Farmer (17) high fives teammate Tyler Stevenson after hitting a first inning three run home run at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Sat May 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

Giants Drop A Second Game to the Reds 3-2

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the San Francisco Giants (24-21) took on the Reds (16-30) in Cincinnati. After losing Friday’s game 5-1, the Giants were looking to bounce back against a team that quite frankly is not a very good one. They couldn’t pull it off losing by a run 3-2 at Great American Park in Cincinnati.

The Reds got on the board in the first inning when Kyle Farmer hit a home run driving in Brandon Drury and Tyler Stephenson for an early 3-0 lead.

The Giants loaded the bases in the second inning but came up empty. In the third inning Yastrzemski would score on a Joc Pederson double for their first run of the game.

San Francisco scored in the sixth inning when Evan Longoria hit a solo home run still trailing 3-2. The Giants had 12 hits to the Reds 5. They had many opportunities in this game but failed to capitalize. One of the most glaring downfalls for the team were the 11 runners on base that failed to score.

The most disappointing inning in this game was the ninth. Curt Casali singled and Yastrzemski walked. With two outs, Wilmer Flores singled and the Giants had the chance to load the bases yet again in this game. Pinch runner Joey Bart was waved home and thrown out at the plate and that was the ball game.

Right fielder Aristides Aquino made a magnificent throw to catcher Tyler Stephenson for the out and the win for Cincinnati in a surprising move by San Francisco.

Post game notes: Major League Baseball announced before Saturday’s game that the Reds outfielder Tommy Pham had been suspended three games Fri-Sun for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson in the face before Friday night’s game.

The slapping by Pham stemmed by a Fantasy Football League dispute in the off season. Pham took exception to what Pederson had wrote in explaining that he did not stash players while one of his players was on the IL.

Pham said that Pederson’s comments were disrespectful and there is a code to follow in Fantasy Football, “We had too much money on the line, so I look at it like there’s a code,” and that Pederson was “messing with my money.”

Pham who was with the San Diego Padres last season and Pederson who was with the Atlanta Braves showed a screen shot of what he sent to the Padres joking about the Padres struggle in the final months of the season.

Pham wrote to Pederson saying that Pederson did not know Pham that much to be joking about the Padres struggles like that. Pederson said he knew four or five of the guys on the Padres at the time and it was a joke and for laughs.

Pham however didn’t take it that way and confronted Pederson on Friday and slapped him in the face during batting practice. Pederson said it was a lighthearted joke he knew some of the guys over at the Padres and Pederson said he meant no harm.

But since the slap there might be some unspoken bad blood with Pederson’s teammates who didn’t appreciate Pham slapping their teammate before Friday’s game and they just might be waiting on Pham when the Reds come to San Francisco Jun 24-26 at Oracle Park.

Tomorrow the Giants will take on the Reds in game three of this series. They will try to avoid being swept in this final game. Alex Cobb (3-2, 6.25) will take the mound for San Francisco. For the Reds Tyler Mahle (2-5, 6.32) will get the nod. First pitch is 8:35 AM.

Reds beat Giants 5-1, real fireworks preceded the game

The Cincinnati Reds Tommy Pham (left) was taken out of the line up before Fri May 27, 2022 game at Great American Ball Park for slapping San Francisco Giants Joc Pederson (right) in the face during batting practice (file photos from TULANEFML)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, May 27, 2022

All of the action in Cincinnati seemed to take place before the Reds hosted the San Francisco Giants on Friday.

After the game had been delayed for two hours due to inclement weather in the Cincinnati area, the lowly Reds eventually prevailed 5-1.

Joc Pederson, who was in the middle of a pregame dispute with Cincinnati’s Tommy Pham, drove in the only San Francisco run while going 1-for-3.

Giants starter Carlos Rodon (4-4) took his third straight loss, walking three and striking out two while giving up three earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Graham Ashcraft (1-0) got the win, while Art Warren earned his third save.

Off the field, Pederson got into a pregame disagreement with Pham, leaving Pham as a pregame scratch from the Cincinnati lineup. Pederson, meanwhile, remained in the Giants’ lineup.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that during pregame batting practice, Pham got into an argument with Pederson. The incident ran its course quickly, and Cincinnati manager David Bell stayed in the outfield to speak with Pham after both teams resumed their warmup activities.

Reportedly, according to The Athletic, Pham slapped Pederson over a disagreement involving their fantasy football league. Pham claims that Pederson was the instigator. The two players have never been teammates.

MLB is investigating the incident.

Before the game, Giants manager Gabe Kapler released a statement explaining his decision to discontinue participating on the field for the playing of the national anthem in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed 21 lives.

Kapler said, in part, that he would only start coming out for the Star-Spangled Banner if he “felt better about the direction of our country.” He also criticized “police officers who had weapons and who receive nearly 40 percent of the city’s funding” for failing to stop the shooter for an hour after parents asked the police to intervene.

Kapler also criticized politicians for their suggestion that ‘locked doors and armed teachers’ would provide a solution. In his online blog, Kapler wrote, ‘Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self-congratulatory glorification of the ONLY country where these mass shootings take place.

“On Wednesday, I walked out onto the field, I listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde,” Kapler continued. “I bowed my head. I stood for the national anthem. My brain said drop to a knee, my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead, I froze. I felt like a coward.”

Adding to the strangeness of the day, the Giants tried to bring in pitcher Jake McGee, who had just been activated from the injured list. But McGee wasn’t on the lineup card given to the Reds and the umpires. So, McGee wasn’t allowed to pitch, and Jose Alvarez came in to pitch instead, giving up two more runs.

Because of the nearly two-hour rain delay, the Reds held a pregame fireworks show to honor local noise ordinances.

On Saturday, Alex Wood (3-3, 4.82) starts for the Giants, while Vladimir Gutierrez (0-6, 8.70) is on the mound for Cincinnati. Game time is 12:10 PDT.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Giants Yastrzemski and Longoria hitting for the long ball; Giants open three game series in Cincinnati tonight

Wilmer Flores (left) and Mike Yastrzemski (center) are excited for Evan Longoria (right) of the San Francisco Giants who just hit a three run home run against the New York Mets on Wed May 26, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, quite a turn around for the San Francisco Giants on Sunday and Monday they were whipped by the San Diego Padres 10-1 and New York Mets 13-3 but on Tuesday and Wednesday they beat the Mets by scores of 13-12 and 9-3.

#2 One of the key things for the Giants Evan Longoria had a break out game on Wednesday with his two home runs in building the nine run total for the Giants.

#3 Also Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run to contribute to the cause it was hit fourth homer for the 2022 season.

#4 The Giants Joc Pederson has his groove he hit his fourth home run in two games Tuesday and Wednesday at Oracle Park. Giants manager Gabe Kapler is happy to see Pederson making good contact.

#5  The Giants open a three game series in Cincinnati (14-30) tonight. The Giants will start Carlos Rodon (4-3, 3.43) and the Reds have not announced a starter yet. First pitch is 3:40 pm PDT at Great American Park in Cincinnati.

Join Daniel Mondays for the Giants podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants Longoria and Yastrzemski homer off rookie Met pitcher Szapucki

San Francisco Giants slugger Evan Longoria rounds the bases in what would be the first of two home runs off of New York Mets rookie Thomas Szapucki in the second inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed May 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 San Francisco Giants (24-19) after getting clobbered in back to back laughers one against the San Diego Padres and another against the New York Mets (29-17) came back to beat one of baseball’s best team for the second straight time 9-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

#2 The Giants scored early and scored often with five runs in the first and four in the second the Giants have been getting run production in their last two games.

#3 Was there any doubt that Evan Longoria would break out and get a home run off of Mets starter Thomas Szapucki. For Szapucki he was making his second Mets appearance. Szapucki was brought up by the Mets as the Mets are facing a lack of bench players.

#4 Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski has been seeing the ball well he hit his fourth home run of the season off Szapucki. Talk about Yastrzemski’s recent success at the plate.

#5 The Giants open a three game series in Cincinnati (13-30) Friday night the Giants will start Carlos Rodon (4-3, 3.43) and the Reds have not announced a starter yet. First pitch is 3:40 pm PDT at Great American Park in Cincinnati.

Join Michael for Giant podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Twins Sano to have knee surgery; Ohtani to pitch Thursday at Fenway Park; plus more

The Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano charges first base on a Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe ground ball in first inning action at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg on Sat Apr 30, 2022. The Twins announced that Sano will be on the IL due to having knee surgery (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, we’ll start tonight talking about the Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano who will need knee surgery the Twins have said that they have no idea when he will be returning. Sano is going into surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. Sano has been on the team 10 day IL since Monday night.

#2 The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani has had to go through all sorts of pains and injuries including have Tommy John surgery two years ago. Ohtani hit a ninth inning double on Sunday and he slowed down his running and left the game but is expected to be back on the mound to pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night in the last game of that three game series.

#3 Another player has join the Coivd 19 IL the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto who has been put on the list as a precautionary measure and is day to day according to Reds manager David Bell. Votto who was a six time all star was hitting just .122.

#4 The Chicago Cubs left handed pitcher Drew Smyly who is on bereavement was replaced by Robert Gsellman who was called up from the Cubs minor league Triple A Iowa club. Gsellman was 0-1 ERA 3.77 with the Mets last season.

#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will be offering backdrop events in two venues for the 2022 All Star Game one location at LA Live in downtown and the other at Santa Monica Pier which are 18 miles apart from each other. “No city and no city’s fans have supported their team like the Dodgers’ fans have,” said Dodgers team president Stan Kasten.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Why so many no hitters? MLB hitting average has been .240

San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman seen here delivering against the Cincinnati Reds on Wed May 19, 2021 was throwing a no hitter into the sixth inning before being lifted (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 After may five no hitters in baseball you might question that’s a lot but after seven and if the San Francisco Giants Kevin Guasman was able to keep the Cincinnati Reds off base on Wednesday night that might have been the eighth no hitter of the season.

#2 At the pace of no hitters being pitched there could be up to 20 no hitters thrown by the end of June.

#3 One of the top reasons brought up why there are so many no hitters is the league batting average is .236 going into Wednesday’s games with 12 MLB teams hitting an average of .240.

#4 Is the other part of the reason why there are so many no hitters is that the pitching is better and ball is not as tight as it was.

#5 The Seattle Mariners have been struggling at the plate needless to say and have been no hit twice already is less than a week.

Join Michael for the San Francisco Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants laughing all the way to a sweep clobber Reds 19-4 in Thursday matinee

The San Francisco Giants Kevin Duggar goes yard for a grand slam in the top of the third inning at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati against the Cincinnati Reds Thu May 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Thursday in blowout fashion — with a 19-4 victory that was the best offensive showing in MLB so far this season.

Steven Duggar hit a 427-foot grand slam, the first of his career, in the third inning. Brandon Crawford hit his 11th, the most within the team, and drove in six runs. Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer also in the third inning. The Giants lead 10-1 by the end of the third.

In the seventh inning, Evan Longoria had a two-run shot and San Francisco was up 18-2.

“It was just a contagious day today,” Duggar said. “It was a good day to be at the plate, for sure.”

The Reds scored two runs in the eighth inning but the Giants had a final run in the ninth and sealed the victory at 19-4.

“You don’t expect a 19-run outburst like this. It happens once once in a blue moon, but I do think it’s an indication that we’re having quality at-bats,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

He added of Duggar’s longest homer in his career: “He had a pretty magnetic smile as he came into the dugout.”

It was San Francisco’s first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1983 as well as their first sweep of the Reds since 1990.

The Giants finished the East Coast road trip with six wins in eight games against the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. They improved to 28-16, the best record in the league, and strengthen their spot at the top of the NL West.

Kapler was very pleased but made clear the team is far from being comfortable.

“We’re staying humble and we’re staying hungry, because we’ve got a long way to go,” Kapler said. “We’re not going to ever be disappointed with a 6-2 road trip to the East Coast, it’s very encouraging, but we know that we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

But as it stands, the Giants are in exactly the position they want to be in ahead of their biggest series of the year.

San Francisco hosts the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Friday for the first of a three-game series. It is the first meeting of the season between the rivals. First pitch is at 6:45 p.m.

Guasman pitches one hit ball into the sixth inning; Giants defeat Reds 4-0

San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman throws to the Cincinnati Reds line up in the third inning at Great American Ball Park on Wed May 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

San Francisco Giants ace Kevin Gausman propelled the team to a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night to clinch the series at Great American Ball Park and stay on top of the NL West by a half game.

Gausmin allowed one hit and two walks in six innings. He retired the first 10 batters, then let Nick Castellanos walk in the fourth inning. The Reds missed the opportunity to score as Mike Tauchman made a leaping catch at the left field wall.

In the fifth inning, shortstop Mauricio Dubón doubled and Tauchman had a single. With a one run lead and two runners on base, the Giants took a 1-0 lead.

Catcher Buster Posey had a three-run double to left center field with two outs in the eighth inning.

At the top of the ninth inning, Reds reliever Carson Fulmer loaded the bases and Posey hit a double clearing the bases and boosting San Francisco to 4-0.

The Giants used relievers Zack Littell and Jack McGee in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. They saved Tyler Rogers for the ninth against the best Reds batters. The first two Reds got past Rogers but he retired the next three and gave San Francisco a shutout win.

Reds starter Wade Miley, who had a no-hitter on May 7, gave up one run and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

San Francisco beat Cincinnati for the third straight night after Logan Webb threw six shutout innings for a 6-3 victory on Monday night and Anthony DeSclafani allowed just one run in seven innings for a 4-2 win on Tuesday.

The Giants have the chance to sweep the Reds in the series on Thursday, before returning home to host the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch in Cincinnati is at 9:35 a.m.

DeSclafani enjoys return to Cincinnati, home runs propel Giants past Reds 4-2

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitching against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Bank Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tue May 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Anthony DeSclafani enjoyed a successful return to Cincinnati on Tuesday, as he worked seven strong innings for San Francisco as the Giants defeated the Reds 4-2 at Great American Ballpark.

The win was the fourth for San Francisco in six games on its current road trip.

DeSclafani (4-1), who spent six seasons in Cincinnati, gave up one run on six hits, two walks and struck out seven while throwing 107 pitches over seven innings. He settled in after surrendering a first-inning leadoff home run to Jesse Winkler.

Luis Castillo (1-6) logged 11 strikeouts in six innings, along with three walks and six hits.

Alex Dickerson provided the offensive punch for the Giants with a three-run home run into the right field corner in the fourth inning, giving San Francisco a 3-1 lead. Dickerson’s round-tripper – his fourth of the season – also helped set a franchise-record 15 consecutive road games with at least one home run.

Brandon Crawford connected on a hanging slider from Heath Hembree in the seventh, extending the Giants’ lead to 4-1 with his 10th home run of the year. Crawford also has 23 runs batted in.

Dickerson was 3-for-4 and Crawford was 2-for-4. Both teams had eight hits.

Nick Castellanos homered to left-center off Giants reliever Zack Littell, closing the Reds’ deficit to 4-2. Jake McGee earned his 11th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

San Francisco second baseman Wilmer Flores left the game in the second inning after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. The Giants said Flores would be evaluated further on Wednesday.

Lefthander Wade Miley (4-3, 3.69) will start for Cincinnati on Wednesday, facing Giants righthander Kevin Gausman (3-0, 1.84). Miley threw a no-hitter on May 7, but went three innings in his last start.