The Reds took two of three from the Giants over the weekend, winning their first road series since June 26-28 in Cleveland. Taking advantage of opponent’s mistakes, timely hitting and strong starting pitching is something the Reds have not seen much of in the last six weeks.
On Friday night, the Reds took advantage of five Giant errors en route to a 10-5 victory. Neither Homer Bailey or Tim Lincecum walked away with a decision. Both starters were out of the game by the time the Reds tied it with two in the eighth and took the lead with a five-run ninth.
The Giants evened the series on Saturday with a 4-2 win. Bronson Arroyo (10-11) suffered the loss despite turning in another quality start. Barry Zito (8-10) picked up the win for San Francisco.
Sunday saw Aaron Harang trying to win a ballgame for the first time since May 25. Brandon Phillips and Adam Rosales both homered, giving the Reds’ starter some run support to work with. Harang (6-13) pitched into the eighth inning when he loaded the bases with nobody out. Nick Masset got a double play and a fly out to escape the jam. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
- Jay Bruce had the cast removed from his right arm on Wednesday. He plans to play again this year. The Reds are 4-17 since Bruce broke his wrist diving for a fly ball.
- Still feeling the effects of being hit in the head with a pitch last Sunday, Scott Rolen will most likely sit out the St. Louis series.
- The Reds traded David Weathers to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday for a player to be named later.