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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Three Stars:

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.”

5 Comments

Man I dont want this trip to end the season for the Reds. I am really hoping they can win a game or two against this team. Looked it up and neither the Pirates or Cards have to take such an imposing trip out west. Theirs is either broken up or only two series against West teams. Never understood why it has to be all in one trip. It really feels like the Reds have gotten a couple of tough breaks in the scheduling this year.

Every team receives scheduling quirks and “tough breaks,” just not always the identical ones.

With Votto in a slump right now, Phillips on the bench, Rolen beginning to fall off pace again it doesn’t look good for the home team. Now tonight we’ve gotta send our little surfer dude up against Matt Cain. Meanwhile Cozart and Heisey continue to swing at anything thrown (or rolled) up there. Last night they just looked like they didn’t want to be there. Jet lag? What ever happened to giving teams a recovery day when they have to fly across three time zones?

I just hope they get a good night’s sleep so they can show up tonight with a little bounce in their steps and some fire in their belly. Votto needs a day off now, while he’s slumping, not like a couple weeks ago while he was hot. Having him well rested and fresh is worth a loss if it means a couple wins later in the trip.

cant agree more. That is the mgr decision I look for give them a day off when they are struggling not when they go 4 for 4 because we talked about a scheduled day. I mean I want Votto happy but there are times you are a mgr for a reason.

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