By: Zane Miller
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Reds lost the first game of their three game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, coming off of a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers to start the first leg of the road trip.
The Giants got on the board first with a strong first inning consisting of an RBI single by third baseman Evan Longoria and a two RBI double by shortstop Brandon Crawford, however in the second the Reds responded by catcher Tucker Barnhart hitting an RBI single. In the bottom of the inning, right fielder Andrew McCutchen added to the Giants’ lead with an RBI single to make it a 4-1 lead. In the third, second baseman Kelby Tomlinson hit a two RBI single to further add to the lead, however the Reds closed the gap in the fourth with a two run homer from Barnhart, then followed in the sixth by a solo shot from right fielder Scott Schebler. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Giants again responded by getting an RBI double from catcher Buster Posey and a two RBI double from first baseman Brandon Belt, then getting a solo home run from Belt in the eighth. While the Reds were able to cut the Giants’ advantage in half in the ninth with a three run home run by first baseman Adam Duvall, who came into the game as a defensive replacement, but the Giants would still hold on to win 10-7.
Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton went five innings in the win, allowing four earned runs, nine hits and two walks. Reds starter Sal Romano struggled, allowing six earned runs, eight hits and two walks over just two and a third innings in the loss.
The teams will face off in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.