(Sports Network) - Following an unusual doubleheader the previous day, things
will get back to normal for the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds on
Wednesday night when the two clubs wrap a string of four straight meetings at
The two clubs played two games on Tuesday, with the second contest a make up
encounter from a July 4 postponement in Cincinnati. Though the game was played
in San Francisco, the Reds batted second in the night cap.
Cincinnati extended its success this season over San Francisco by taking the
opener of the doubleheader 9-3, its fifth victory over the Giants in as many
meetings this season.
However, San Francisco battled back to win the second meeting of the day 5-3.
Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer for the Reds in the first game, while
Zack Cozart had four hits and Tony Cingrani allowed just two runs over 6 2/3
However, Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-3 and had a 16-game hitting streak snapped.
Still, the Reds won for the fifth time in six games as they got to Giants
starter Eric Surkamp quickly.
Surkamp, in his first start in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery
last July 24, yielded seven runs over 2 2/3 innings.
"I was really excited to be out here tonight," said Surkamp. "Unfortunately it
didn't work out the way I wanted it to. I still have some things to work on,
but I feel like I'm close."
The Giants then snapped a three-game slide by winning the second contest,
getting a two-run double from Pablo Sandoval.
The win gave San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy 1,500 victories in his
"I don't know what that number means except that I'm fortunate to be doing
this as long as I have," said Bochy. "I wish we were in a better situation
right now, but I think you're blessed if you're playing it. Again, I'm not
sure what it means, but to be mentioned with some of these managers, I'm
Corky Miller drove in a pair of runs while Todd Frazier went 3-for-5 with an
RBI and a run scored for the Reds.
"One or two would have been nice. We had base-runners on almost every inning
and had runners on second base a number of times. Their pitchers shut us
down," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
The Reds are five games back of first place in the NL Central, while the
Giants sit 6 1/2 games off the pace in the NL West.
Getting the call for Cincinnati tonight will be Mike Leake, who bookended the
All-Star break with a pair of wins.
The righty hurled 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball at Milwaukee on July 19, then
won a 5-3 decision over Pittsburgh on Friday despite some late struggles. He
allowed three home runs in the sixth inning, but each was a solo shot.
Leake improved to 9-4 with a 2.79 earned run average in 19 starts this season
and the 25-year-old has never lost to the Giants, going 3-0 with a 4.18 ERA in
five meetings (4 starts).
The Giants turn to right-hander Chad Gaudin, who has gone 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA
in seven starts this season filling in for the injured Ryan Vogelsong.
Gaudin has won consecutive outings and has given up just two runs over his
last four starts. He beat Arizona on Friday with seven scoreless innings of
three-hit ball, fanning eight without a walk.
The 30-year-old is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 25 total appearances this season and
lifetime versus the Reds is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in three games, including one
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