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San Francisco Giants Split Doubleheader Tuesday

July 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds split Tuesday's doubleheader with the Reds winning Game 1 9-3 and the Giants taking Game 2 5-3.

'SF Giants Eric Surkamp gets his first victory' photo (c) 2011, SD Dirk - license:

Game 1 saw Giants starter Eric Surkamp take a big league mound for the first time since 2011 and was one year removed from Tommy John surgery. Surkamp retired the Reds in order in the top of the first and needed just nine pitches to do so. Andres Torres drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and moved to third on a Marco Scutaro single. Torres would score on an RBI sacrifice fly by Pablo Sandoval as the Giants took a quick 1-0 lead. 

The Reds immediately countered in the top of the second with a one out ground-rule double and erupted for four runs, that was highlighted by a three-run homer by catcher Devin Mesoraco. The Reds had a 4-1 lead. First baseman Joey Votto homered leading off the top of the third and the Reds would add two more runs. With a 7-1 lead, the Giants got a run in the bottom of the fourth and shortstop Zack Cozart homered to get that run right back for the Reds. The Reds scored one more run in the top of the seventh and the Giants did the same in the bottom of the ninth. The Reds took Game 1 9-3. 

Surkamp took the loss (0-1) going 2.2 innings, allowing nine hits, seven runs, two home runs and threw 56 pitches. The Reds clobbered 15 hits in the first game, while the Giants managed eight. Scutaro and Hunter Pence led the team with two each. 

The Giants were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Game 2 was a makeup game for the rainout in Cincinnati on July 4th, so the Giants were the road team and Reds were the home team. 

'Pablo Sandoval' photo (c) 2011, SD Dirk - license:

Tony Abreu singled for the Giants with one out in the top of the first and moved to second as Buster Posey was hit. Sandoval smacked a two-run double on the first pitch to score both runners. Pence singled home Sandoval to extend the Giants lead to 3-0. 

Barry Zito took the hill and allowed just a walk in the bottom of the first as he threw 13 pitches in the inning. Brandon Crawford led off the top of the second with a double and moved to third on a Zito sacrifice bunt. Gregor Blanco scored Crawford with a sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 4-0.

The Reds drilled a pair of singles leading off the bottom of the second and catcher Corky Miller doubled home both runners to cut the Giants lead to 4-2. It was Miller's first double since September 22, 2010. The Giants added a run in the top of the fifth and Reds did so in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by third baseman Todd Frazier. 

Sergio Romo recorded a four-out save as the Giants defeated the Reds for the first time this season with a 5-3 win. It was Romo's 24th save and Giants manager Bruce Bochy recorded his 1,500 win of his career. He is the 21st manager to accomplish that feat.

'Bruce Bochy Holding Up the Commissioner's Trophy' photo (c) 2010, Mike Deerkoski - license:

Zito earned a no-decision going 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, three walks, four strikeouts and threw 84 pitches. Santiago Casilla (4-2) was the winning pitcher.

Abreu, Sandoval and Pence each led the Giants with two hits in the second game. The Reds were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. 

This was the sixth doubleheader at AT&T Park and first since April 13, 2006, when the Giants played the Houston Astros.

The 46-54 Giants will look for a split in this four-game series Wednesday night. Chad Gaudin (4-1) squares off against Mike Leake (9-4). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm. 

Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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