Reds blanked in Bumgarner 1-hitter
The Reds’ 11-day West Coast trip did not get off to a snappy start as they were handed a one-hitter and a 5-0 shutout by the Giants.
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No. 3 star: Ryan Hanigan — only because if it wasn’t for Hanigan, the Reds might have been no-hit. Hanigan hit a leadoff single up the middle in the sixth inning. It proved to be the lone hit. Drew Stubbs walked twice and was the only other base runner.
No. 2 star: Melky Cabrera — 2-for-2, 2 walks. Johnny Cueto thought he had Cabrera down on a strikes with a 3-2 fastball for a 1-2-3 first inning. Cabrera wound up walking.
“I made a great pitch and I thought it was a strike,” said Cueto, who gave up three runs, two earned, and a season-high four walks over six innings. “But you know how things go. The umpire said it was high.”
No. 1 star: Madison Bumgarner — 9 ip, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 106 pitches/72 strikes. First CG. Bumgarner was sensational in every way tonight and not the same dude that was 0-2 with an 8.56 ERA in three career starts vs. CIN.
“He’s a cutter guy now. He threw a lot of cutters compared to when I faced him last year,” Hanigan said. “He changed. It’s not how he pitched. That’s what he’s doing now and it’s working for him. Until teams make the adjustment, he’s dealing. I’m glad he didn’t throw a no-hitter. I’m glad I got one. He earned it tonight, bottom line. He carved us up – jam jobs, strikeouts. I think we were a little flat. That all combined to that he beat us tonight.”
News and notes:
*The last time the Reds were dealt a one-hitter was July 29, 2009 vs. the Padres. Mat Latos was the opposition starter.
*For the Giants, this marks a franchise record fourth conseuctive shutout. The other three were in a sweep over the Dodgers. San Francisco hasn’t had 36-straight scoreless innings since it was the New York Giants in 1948.
“It’s been quite an impressive run these guys have been on,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s how good they are. They’ve all have been locked in. Four consecutive shutouts — I’ve never seen it, it’s so hard to do. You have to have four pitchers on top of their game, and Madison was tonight. That’s quite the game he threw.”