Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Feldman shuts out Giants as Reds complete sweep

Feldman shuts out Giants as Reds complete sweep

For the second straight night, the Reds roughed up the Giants' starting pitcher and cruised to a convincing win Saturday night.

After getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game weekend series and getting outscored 31-5, San Francisco had to scramble when one of its buses broke down Sunday about halfway on the drive to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky.

Scott Schebler and Zack Cozart homered off Johnny Cueto (4-2), who was the Reds' ace for eight seasons.

The Giants selected Christian in the first round of the 2013 draft, the highest drafted high schooler from Hernando County since Bronson was taken by the Pirates in the third round in 1995. A shred of hope: Cueto's 2.98 ERA in 99 career starts here is the best by any starting pitcher in the ballpark's 15-year history. He went the distance, allowing only four hits and walking only one to go with five strikeouts in nine innings.

Still, that bullpen has been overworked all season long, as the Reds have run a regular shuttle between Cincinnati and AAA Louisville to keep it stocked with fresh arms. In two starts against them since being traded in 2015, he has given up 10 runs in 12 innings. He did not factor in the decision in his last start on April 30, despite throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks in a 5-2 loss to the Padres.

The Reds immediately reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the second when Tomlinson booted Jose Peraza's grounder, Kivlehan singled and Hamilton slapped a two-run double. He'll play six innings for Double-A Richmond on Monday as part of a rehab stint.

Nine players had at least one RBI for the Reds, who got 18 hits and matched a season best with their fourth straight victory. Nine of Cincinnati's hits went for extra bases. He picked up another hit and drew a walk on Saturday before coming out after fouling a ball off his ankle, and he hit his first career double on Sunday.

Speedster Billy Hamilton led the attack with three hits, while former Giants farmhand Adam Duvall hit his ninth home run of the season. Crawford has been sidelined since April 26 because of a strained groin.

Robert Stephenson pitched three hitless innings for his first major league save.

There are only a handful of high schools in the country that can say they've produced two active big leaguers.

Ty Blach managed to go just three innings as the Reds pounded out 11 hits, 10 runs (eight earned) to beat the Giants 14-2.

Blach threw 75 pitches, 49 for strikes. This will be Cueto's second career game against the Reds. He's 2-2 with a 7.20 ERA.

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