The runs came before the rain -- and for that, the Reds were grateful. After a one-hour, 28-minute rain delay, the Reds were awarded an 8-1 rain-shortened game over the Giants at Great American Ball Park on Monday. Cincinnati scored four in the second inning, three more in the third and another in fifth before the game was delayed for rain after the sixth inning with the Reds leading the Giants 8-1 at Great American Ball Park. With several Reds already on the field for the start of the seventh inning, home plate umpire Bill Welke signaled for the team to head into the clubhouse at 9:23 p.m. At 10:51, the team announced the game had been called, with the Reds taking the win. “It was huge to get any win, especially after going 2-6 on the road,” said Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, who tied a career-high with four RBI. “I’m one of those guys who likes to look at where we are in the standings and five-and-a-half games back is not where we should be, we know that, even with all the injuries we have. We know we’re a good team, so when we get a W, it’s really nice.” It was the first rain-shortened game at Great American Ball Park since Sept. 22, 2006, when the Reds beat the Cubs 4-2 in five innings. The two teams played through the rain for several innings before it started raining harder and lightening was seen in the bottom of the sixth. In six innings, Reds starter Bronson Arroyo gave up just two hits and a run. He didn’t give up a hit until Giants starter Mike Kickham recorded his first big-league hit, a double, with one out in the third. He then gave up a leadoff homer by Brandon Belt to lead off the fifth. Belt also walked in the second as the Giants’ only other baserunner in the game. Arroyo was credited not only with the victory, but also a complete game. It was the Reds first rain-shortened complete game since Cory Lidle picked up the complete-game victory after five innings on April 22, 2004, a 5-3 victory over the Braves.
Reds earn rain-shortened win against Giants, 8-1
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jul 2