The Reds used a 4 run 7th inning to propel them to the lead and to the win over the Giants. In that inning, Scott Rolen homered off of starting pitcher Barry Zito, who had pitched very well until then, to cut the Giants’ lead to 2-1. It was his first home run since July 6. The homer was followed by an error and a wild pitch from the Giants’ bullpen and, low and behold, the Cincinnati Reds were in the lead. The scoring in the inning was capped off with Joey Votto, who had a miserable game up to that point, lacing a liner that sliced to the centerfield wall.
Bronson Arroyo battled on the mound. It was not one of his better performances. He left the game in the 5th down 2-0 (only 1 was earned) having given up his second homerun of the season and allowing 9 hits. The Reds bullpen came in and allowed only 1 hit over the last 4 innings while striking out 5.
Jose Arredondo (2-0) pitched a perfect 7th to pick up the win. Aroldis Chapman came on in the 8th to allow the 1 hit and strike out 2. Sean Marshall shut the door in the 9th to pick up his 4th save in 4 opportunities.
This was the Giants’ 7th straight loss at GABP and 12 of their last 17. They are struggling in all phases of the game right now. That is a good thing for the Cincinnati Reds.
On a side note, JJ Hoover made his major league debut for the Cincinnati Reds in the 6th. He walked 1 and nearly got his head taken off on a throw from Votto to second to start a double play on a sacrifice bunt attempt. He seemed nervous, as you would expect, but got through the inning quite well.
The Cincinnati Reds are finally at .500 (9-9) and will look to complete the sweep of the Giants Thursday afternoon.