Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Abbott and offense struggle, Reds lose again

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How low can the Reds offense go?

Rookie LHP Kyle Harrison dominated the Reds over 6.1 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts as the Giants beat the Reds 4-1 Monday night at Oracle Park. The Reds fall to 4-4 on the road-trip and 68-65 overall. The Brewers beat the Cubs to push the Reds seven games back in the NL Central with 29 games remaining.

O-no: The Reds managed just 6 hits, while striking out 14 times overall. The first 5 Reds batters and 6 of the first 7 struck out vs Harrison. Spencer Steer and TJ Hopkins each struck out three times.

The Reds have now scored three runs or fewer in 21 of 42 games since the All-Star break (1-20).

Homecoming: The 22-year old Harrison, who grew up in nearby Concord, CA, was making his 2nd MLB start and first home start. Per ESPN: He becomes the 3rd-youngest Giants player with 10 K and 0 runs allowed since the mound was set at its current distance in 1893. The only two younger...Madison Bumgarner and Christy Mathewson. Per Sarah Langs, MLB, Harrison is the 4th Giants pitcher since at least 1901 with 10+ strikeouts in a game in his 1st or 2nd career outing.

Andrew Abbott: 3.1 IN, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6, 85 pitches. He was immediately on the ropes in a 30 pitch 1st inning with 2 H,2 BB, 3 K, 1 R. The Giants reached him for two more runs in a three hit 3rd inning.

Bullpen: Farmer 1.1 IN…Law 1.0 IN, 2 R….Duarte 2.0 IN….

How the Reds scored:

8th De La Cruz RBI 2B scored Senzel (1, 4-1 SF

Sleepless in Frisco: Per Bally Sports Ohio, due to mechanical issues with their chartered plane, the Reds sat on the tarmac in Arizona for over 8 hours following Sunday’s game. By the time they landed in San Francisco, got their bags and got to the team hotel, it was near sunrise Monday morning. The Reds were able to Abbott onto a separate commercial flight to arrive a bit earlier.

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