Cincinnati Reds 9, San Francisco Giants 2: An exercise in baseball stupidity
There wasn’t much to talk about this game, as the Giants sleep-walked through a loss to the Reds.
But they got a wake-up call in the ninth inning by what only can be described as baseball stupidity.
It all started in the seventh when the game got away from the Giants.
Trailing 3-0 with two on and two out, rookie reliever hit Joey Votto in the backside with a pitch.
A perfect time for a purpose pitch to a guy who was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, right?
The HBP on Votto led to another five runs in the inning for the Reds. So anyone could see that Otero wasn’t throwing at Votto.
Well, anyone but the Reds.
The Reds wanted to make it clear that you shouldn’t unintentionally throw at one of their players.
But they didn’t send their message by throwing at Otero, who was left in the game as a sacrificial lamb to save the bullpen and batted for himself to lead off the eighth.
Nor did they throw at any of the next three players who came to bat for the Giants.
They had Sam LeCure throw a pitch behind Buster Posey with one on in the ninth.
Posey was able to avoid the pitch. Then got his revenge by taking LeCure deep for a two-run home run, helping the Giants avoid being shut out for the first time this season.
I guess it could have been worse. They could have thrown at Pablo Sandoval, who could have been hit by the pitch, costing him a final chance to extend his 16-game hitting streak.
As it was, Sandoval singled in the ninth to push his streak to 17 games.
The Giants send Barry Zito vs. Bronson Arroyo at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday.