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Game of the Week Preview: Giants vs. Reds, 1:10 PM


Series Recap

The San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds opened their first meeting of the 2015 season on Thursday at Great American Ball Park with the Giants taking the opener 4-3.

The Giants sent Tim Lincecum to the mound against Reds starter Johnny Cueto. The Giants starter lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking five and striking out four, as his counterpart, Cueto, tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on five hots, walking three and striking out nine.

The Giants led early, but the Reds came back to take a temporary lead before they needed a run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory. The Giants Gregor Blanco was 2 for 2, with a double and the Reds Marlon Byrd finished 2 for 2, with three RBIs and hit the game winning home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the Reds up for good. In the ninth Chapman cam in and closed the door for his seventh save on the season.

On Friday the Giants evened the series with a 10-2 victory as Brandon Belt was the star of the night finishing 3 for 5, with three runs scored, a double, home run and four RBI’s. The Giants Madison Bumgarner (4-2) earned the victory as Reds starter Jason Marquis (3-3) took the loss.

The Giants scored early by taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, then added three more runs in the top of the third and three additional in the top of the seventh. The Reds did manage to get on the board for two runs, but the Giants were more successful in driving the runners home.

Along with Belt’s big game, Buster Posey hit his sixth home run of the season driving in two runs, as for the Reds, Zack Cozart hit his sixth home run on the season and Billy Hamilton added his third.

On Saturday the Giants continued their onslaught as they welcomed Hunter Pence off the disabled list, scoring 11 runs on 16 hits, en-route to a 11-2 victory and a 2-1 series lead.

The Giants starter Ryan Vogelsound (2-2) earned the victory against the Reds Mike Leake (2-2), allowing two runs on six hits, walking four and striking out two in 5.2 innings.  Leake went five innings and allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits, walked one and struck out two.

Belt had another big game as he hit his second home run in two days and finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI’s. Brandon Crawford was the star in the game as he was 3 for 5, with two runs scored, his sixth home run on the season and drove in six on the day. In his return to the line-up Pence was 2 for 3, with three runs scored, a double and a walk. For the Reds, Jay Bruce was 2 for 4 and hit his sixth home run on the season in the loss.

On Sunday afternoon, the Reds try to tie the series as the Giants look to extend their winning streak to three games and win the weekend series.

Probable Starters

Giants – Chris Heston (3-3, 2.91)

In Heston’s last start he earned his first victory in four starts, throwing a complete game two hitter allowing one run, no walks and striking out 10 batters. The rookie looks to build on his last start and lead the Giants to victory.

Reds – Anthony DeSclafani (2-3, 2.79)

DeSclafani looks to win his first game in five starts.  In his last outing he earned a ND tossing six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out five. Another quality outing by DeSclafani could cool off the Giants hot bats.

Probable Starting Lineups
Gregor Blanco – LF
Joe Panik – 2B
Angel Pagan – CF
Buster Posey – C
Brandon Belt – 1B
Hunter Pence – RF
Brandon Crawford – SS
Casey McGehee – 3B

Billy Hamilton – CF
Zack Cozart – SS
Joey Votto – 1B
Joe Frazier – 3B
Marlon Byrd – LF
Jay Bruce – RF
Brandon Phillips – 2B
Brayan Pena – C

David Conde
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