Cincinnati Reds Blow Opportunity Lose to San Francisco Giants

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The Cincinnati Reds battled the San Francisco Giants all day long but gave up the win in the last inning with boneheaded play at the plate and in the field.  The Giants ended up winning the game 4-3.

Bronson Arroyo worked 7 innings and allowed only 2 runs.  It was a normal Arroyo game in which he went 0-2 on most hitters only find himself unable to get that final strike.  The Giants hit Arroyo frequently, but he held them to only the 2 runs.  Sam LeCure allowed a run in the 8th and Jose Arredondo allowed the walk-off hit in the 9th. 

Cincinnati Reds’ reliever Arredondo will have to take the loss; however, it was Jay Bruce that cost him the game.  Angel Pagan hit a fly ball to right field that Bruce drifted back and looked to be ready to make the play.  Unfortunately, Bruce misjudged the distance of the fly ball.  He jumped but the ball sailed over his glove to plate the winning run.  Bruce took full blame for the misplay. “I was not as close to the wall as I thought I was,” Bruce said. “I missed it. It’s really, really embarrassing. I missed it. It should be an error. I pride myself in my defense. That’s just embarrassing.”

The Cincinnati Reds also had just tied the score and had bases loaded with no one out and produced nothing in their half of the 9th.  That set up the play by Bruce in the bottom of the inning.

Even though the Cincinnati Reds lost for the day on Sunday, they can be proud of their performance over the four-game series.  After dropping the first game 5-0 and getting outplayed all the way around,  the Reds picked up the middle two games as wins.  Sunday’s loss left them with a 2-2 split with the Giants. 

The Cincinnati Reds will continue their west coast swing as the travel south to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.  They also benefited from a Pittsburgh Pirates’ loss to remain in sole possession of the divisional lead by one game.

The Cincinnati Reds will send Homer Bailey to the mound on Monday.  Bailey is the one starter that is struggling during this stretch.  He needs a quality start and the Reds need to start the series with a win.