Cincinnati Bell’s manager David Bell called them weird games.
On Monday at the Great American Ball Park, the San Francisco Giants scored two runs as the Reds’ middle infield bobbed a floor ball. The Giants scored a third hit, while a runner hit from third to first place on the pick-up throw. Add two line drives that have been distracted by the starting pitcher Sonny Gray and first baseman Kyle Farmer.
Those games were the difference between winning and losing when San Francisco beat Cincinnati 6-3.
“These people work all the time,” said Bell. “Of course there is always something to do because that is all we do. You work every day and you keep doing it. There were some strange pieces tonight. “
Gray allowed four runs in five innings, but much of his final line was affected by the Reds’ defense.
In the first inning, second baseman Jonathan India bobbed a ground ball that could have resulted in a double game at the end of the inning. Then, on the fourth, shortstop Eugenio Suárez dropped a routine ground ball to stop and didn’t come out at first.
“After I (caught) it, (the ball) came out of my hands,” said Suárez. “I don’t know how, I don’t know. I don’t know how that got out of my hands. “
Both mistakes resulted in an extra run, but the Reds’ biggest defensive mistake came up in eighth place.
The relief pitcher Cionel Pérez threw the first litter four runs behind the reds. As the Reds attempted to complete the rundown, Giants’ first baseman jogged Darin Ruf Home as Farmer failed to make the throw.
“I just kind of screwed it up,” said Farmer. “No excuses. I should have thrown it home. I just got empty and that shouldn’t happen in a big league ball game.”
Big starter Logan Webb, who came into the game with 4.74 ERA, threw six goalless innings in Cincinnati. He continued a worrying trend for the Reds at the start of the Games.
In the Reds’ last seven games, opposing starting pitchers have an ERA of 1.97 in 41 1/3 innings against Cincinnati’s offensive. During the same course of play, the starters of the Reds allowed 31 runs in 31 2/3 innings.
“A pitcher’s job is to keep trying to pitch, pitch, pitch competitive, and keep trying to force soft contact,” said Gray. “There were some pieces that maybe could have been made that weren’t … It was just sloppy. Like I said, it started with me. “
Left fielder Jesse Winker ended the game with two hits, including an RBI single. The Reds didn’t break the barrier until the seventh inning. Midfielders Tyler Naquin and Suarez hit consecutive homers in their eighth game, but the Reds never managed to tie themselves to the plate.
In Sunday’s 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies, the Reds won their first game since 2018 after leaving five or more runs behind them. Cincinnati couldn’t repeat the same magic of the late game against the Giants.
“It’s hard to come back every time,” said Suárez. “We always try to score first. And if it doesn’t happen, just try to score whenever we get the chance, man. That’s how we play this year. “