SAN FRANCISCO — Some mistakes simply can’t be overcome, and that was the problem for Andrew Suarez Wednesday in a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park.
Suarez (1-3) got off to a horrible start and was behind 4-0 before many in the crowd had even taken their seats.
The left-hander righted himself and ended up lasting six innings, giving up just one more unearned run in the process, but the Giants couldn’t mount enough of an offense to pull off a sweep of the Reds. The Giants fell to 22-22, with the Reds improving to 15-29.
Wandy Peralta (2-2) was the winning pitcher for Cincinnati, coming in after starter Matt Harvey got through four fairly rocky innings.
With Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey getting a day off from starting duties, the Giants makeshift lineup included Pablo Sandoval at first base, Miguel Gomez at second and Kelby Tomlinson at shortstop, with Brandon Belt playing left field.
Belt homered in the third inning, his ninth of the season and third in three games. For the Reds, Adam Duvall had a three-run home run in the first inning and Scooter Gennett a solo shot in the seventh.
The Reds made it 6-3 against reliever Cory Gearrin in the seventh inning when Scooter Gennett hit his seventh home run of the season to right field with one out.
The first four batters couldn’t have gone any worse for Suarez.
Jose Peraza opened with a single and was chased to third when Scooter Gennett doubled down the left field line, with Belt giving chase in a rare left field start.
Joey Votto singled ome a run and was followed by a three-run home run to left by Duvall, his seventh of the season.
Suarez hadn’t gotten an out and trailed 4-0.
The Giants cut into that lead in the first, with Blanco opening with a walk off Harvey and scoring when Andrew McCutchen doubled to right. McCutchen eventually came home on a sacrifice fly to the fence off the bat of Pablo Sandoval.
Belt got the Giants within 4-3 with his solo home run leading off the third inning.
The Reds got a gift run in the fifth inning when Votto, who had appeared to have grounded to first only to have the ball ruled foul for hitting his foot, drew a walk, raced to third on a pop fly bloop single by Duval, and scored on Nick Hundley’s passed ball.
The Giants lost a prime scoring opportunity in the sixth inning, loading the bases with one out against reliever Wandy Peralta. However, with Posey and Crawford at his disposal — neither started the game — manager Bruce Bochy went to Austin Jackson (for Suarez) and Gorkys Hernandez (for Gregor Blanco) as pinch-hitters.
Jackson struck out on three pitches, and Hernandez was retired on a nice running catch down the right field foul line by second baseman Gennett.
Crawford, who came in hitting .545 in May, led off the ninth as a pinch-hitter against Raisel Iglesias and singled to left field. Iglesias then got Hernandez on an infield …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports