Cincinnati Reds Routed By Giants 10-2 as Jason Marquis Gets Rocked

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W: Madison Bumgarner (4-2)

L: Jason Marquis (3-3)

Fans at Great American Ball Park saw a fairly forgettable game Friday night, as the Cincinnati Reds fell to the Giants 10-2, but they won’t soon forget what they saw when the right smokestack in center field caught fire during the fifth inning, sending black smoke billowing over the field. The two firefighters who climbed to the top of those smoke stacks to put out the fire deserved every bit of applause they received.

As for the game, it was another rough start for Jason Marquis. Fans barely had enough time to get to their seats before the Reds were down 3-0, after Marquis gave up a three-run home run to Brandon Belt in the first inning. He would also give up a second home run, a two-run shot to Buster Posey in the third inning. Marquis only made it through three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks and raising his ERA to 6.63.

Because of Marquis’ start, it was an early night for the bullpen. Burke Badenhop, although he’s struggled this season, pitched two innings of scoreless baseball and allowed only one hit. Michael Lorenzen, who was temporarily put in the bullpen because of the two off days next week, came in to pitch in a scoreless sixth. He struggled in the seventh, however, giving up three runs on three hits. Newest acquisition Ryan Mattheus, claimed off waivers from the Angels on Wednesday, gave up a run in the eighth. J.J. Hoover continues to look like the Hoover of 2013, pitching a scoreless ninth.

The only offense the Reds could muster off the reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner came in the form of solo home runs from Zack Cozart in the first and Billy Hamilton in the fifth.

Other Notes:

  • Joey Votto had two hits tonight, and is now 13-for-46 in the month of May. The most noticeable thing about Votto is that he still has no extra-base hits this month. For a guy who had a very good month of April, he hasn’t looked the same.
  • Billy Hamilton saved at least one run with a very nice over-the-shoulder catch in the third. Whoever it was in the Reds organization who decided to make Hamilton an outfielder continues to look like a genius.
  • I don’t know if there’s anyone swinging a hotter bat right now than Cozart. I’d like to formally announce my campaign to vote him to the All-Star Game at GABP in July.

Up Next: The Reds look to bounce back in the third game of this four game series with the Giants Saturday at 7:10 ET. Mike Leake will try for his third win of the season. He’ll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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