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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants

Reds down Giants, end skid behind Graham Ashcraft

June 25, 2022, 5:23 AM

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Rookie Graham Ashcraft limited the San Francisco Giants to two runs in a season-high eight innings, leading the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory on Friday that ended a seven-game losing streak.

Cincinnati designated hitter Mike Moustakas doubled twice and scored twice in the opener of a three-game series. Nick Senzel singled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Reds, who had lost all six games on their just-completed homestand.

Ashcraft (4-1) allowed a solo shot to Evan Longoria, his sixth home run, in the fourth inning and an RBI single to Mike Yastrzemski in the eighth. He yielded six hits, struck out eight, hit a batter with a pitch and did not issue a walk.

Hunter Strickland worked around a two-out walk to Longoria in the ninth for his third save, sending the Giants to the fifth loss in their last six games.

Strickland, a former Giant, struck out Brandon Crawford as the potential tying run to end the contest.

Ashcraft, who made his seventh major league start, had never previously pitched more than seven innings. He also beat the Giants with 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 5-1 home win on May 27.

The Reds elected to send the 24-year-old out for an eighth inning, protecting a 4-1 lead. Yastrzemski's two-out single scored Wilmer Flores, bringing the potential tying run to the plate.

Ashcraft needed just one pitch -- his 104th and last of the night -- to induce Darin Ruf into an inning-ending fly to center field.

Moustakas and Senzel teamed twice for runs for the Reds. They each hit an RBI double in the second inning. In the sixth, Cincinnati extended the lead to 4-1 on Senzel's second run-scoring hit after Moustakas' second double.

The Reds' other run scored on a throwing error by Giants shortstop Crawford in the fifth.

Giants starter Alex Cobb (3-3) took the loss, charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He fanned four, walked one and hit a batter.

Longoria and Curt Casali had two hits apiece for the Giants, who were out-hit 7-6.

--Field Level Media

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Reds, Giants licking wounds heading into series

June 24, 2022, 12:12 PM

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Two clubs coming off rough series against National League elite teams kick off a three-game set Friday night when the Cincinnati Reds visit the San Francisco Giants.

Both teams required cross-country flights Thursday to arrive in San Francisco. The Reds were beaten 10-5 at home by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the afternoon to complete a three-game sweep, while the Giants were falling 7-6 in Atlanta to drop a third in four days.

Right-handers Graham Ashcraft (3-1, 3.51) of the Reds and Alex Cobb (3-2, 5.62) of the Giants are the scheduled starters in the opener of a rematch of a three-game set in Cincinnati in May. The Reds came away with two wins in that series.

The Reds have lost seven in a row, including all six on a homestand split between the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers and Dodgers. They were shellacked 8-2, 8-4 and 10-5 by the Dodgers the last three days, falling victim to a 42-hit, seven-homer barrage.

Thursday's loss gave the Reds (23-46) the worst record in the NL. Only the Oakland Athletics (23-48) have more losses in the majors.

"We've talked about developing players and developing people. We're all very passionate about that," Reds manager David Bell said before heading to San Francisco. "But we're here to win. That's the fun part. That's what it's all about. Nothing about how you lose whether it's a close game or not is acceptable. It's not."

Ashcraft began his career last month with four brilliant outings, including shutting out the Giants on four hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 5-1 series-opening win.

The 24-year-old allowed just three runs in his first four starts, going 3-0, before getting roughed up by the St. Louis Cardinals and Brewers in his last two outings to the tune of 10 runs in 9 2/3 innings.

He walked two and struck out one in recording his first major league win against the Giants on May 27.

Joc Pederson got one of the four hits off Ashcraft before driving in the Giants' only run of the game with a sacrifice fly off Cincinnati reliever Art Warren in the eighth inning.

Pederson was involved in an incident with Reds outfielder Tommy Pham before the game, with Pham slapping his rival over a fantasy football dispute from the previous season.

Despite claiming the incident was in the "rear-view mirror," Pederson found it necessary before heading home to caution Giants fans to lay off Pham.

"Our fans are classy and respectful," Pederson said. "There's a respect level that needs to be held up, and when you see games in New York or wherever they were where they start throwing stuff on the field, that is not OK and doesn't help any situation. It makes it so much worse. So just keep it respectful."

Cobb is winless in his last three outings, having given up 10 runs in 16 innings.

He started a 6-4 win at Cincinnati on May 29, getting no decision after limiting the Reds to two runs and four hits in six innings.

The 34-year-old has never lost to the Reds, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts.

Pham homered, his 10th of the season, in Thursday's defeat.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

Rangers send Willie Calhoun to Giants for Steven Duggar

June 23, 2022, 6:06 PM

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The San Francisco Giants sent Steven Duggar to the Texas Rangers for Willie Calhoun and cash considerations Thursday in a swap of outfielders.

Duggar has been activated from the 60-day injured list. To make room for Duggar on the club's 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton has been designated for assignment. The Rangers will make another move to accommodate Duggar on the active 26-man roster when he reports to the club.

Calhoun, 27, had been outrighted to Triple-A after the Rangers designated him for assignment on June 5. The Giants would not need to add him to the 40-man roster if they choose to send him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Duggar's rehab assignment reached its 20-day limit Thursday. He strained an oblique on April 21. He was batting .194 with four RBIs in 12 games when he was injured. His roster spot on the Giants was given to Luis Gonzalez.

Duggar, 28, slashed .257/.330/.437 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in a career-high 107 games for the Giants in 2021. He's a career .242 hitter in five seasons, all with the Giants.

Calhoun hit .136 with a homer, two RBIs and seven runs in 18 games before getting DFA'd.

Calhoun was a touted prospect when the Rangers acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 as part of the Yu Darvish trade. In 2019, he played in 83 games and hit a career-high 21 home runs, batted .269 and scored 51 times.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves

Giants SS Brandon Crawford (knee) exits vs. Braves

June 22, 2022, 2:01 AM

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San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford departed the Giants' Tuesday game against the host Atlanta Braves due to a left knee contusion sustained in a play at home plate in the top of the fourth inning.

Crawford made a late awkward slide while trying to score from third on Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice fly. His legs got caught under the shin guard of Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud and he was hobbling when he got up.

Crawford was initially ruled out on the play, but a review overturned the call to give the Giants a 6-5 lead.

The 35-year-old veteran didn't take the field in the bottom of the inning. Wilmer Flores came in to play second base and Thairo Estrada moved to shortstop.

Crawford, a three-time All-Star, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second and singled in the fourth. He is batting .227 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 62 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Reds recall RHP Dauri Moreta from Triple-A Louisville

June 19, 2022, 4:54 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds recalled right-hander Dauri Moreta from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

Outfielder TJ Friedl was optioned to Louisville in a corresponding transaction.

Moreta, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.88 ERA in 15 games (one start) this season with Cincinnati.

Friedl, 26, is batting .200 with seven RBIs and five steals in 29 games with the Reds.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants

Giants activate RHP Alex Cobb from IL to start vs. Pirates

June 19, 2022, 4:32 PM

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San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb was reinstated from the 15-day injured list to start Sunday afternoon's game against the host Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cobb (3-2, 5.73 ERA) had been sidelined with a neck strain. The 34-year-old did not have a rehab assignment but apparently had no problems Tuesday when he threw three simulated innings.

San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said things "went well. ... Velocity was right where it needs to be."

Cobb is 66-62 with a 3.93 ERA in 182 career starts with the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels and Giants.

Also on Sunday, San Francisco optioned right-hander Mauricio Llovera to Triple-A Sacramento.

Llovera, 26, is 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 11 appearances (one start) this season. He is 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in 18 career relief appearances (one start) with the Philadelphia Phillies and Giants.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Giants RHP Jakob Junis (hamstring) placed on 15-day IL

June 11, 2022, 9:20 PM

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The San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Jakob Junis on the 15-day injured list on Saturday, one day after he sustained a left hamstring strain while pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Junis was pitching in the sixth inning on Friday night when he grabbed the hamstring after throwing a pitch to Max Muncy. The trainer came out to examine him and he departed the contest.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday's game against the Dodgers that Junis was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain during an MRI exam.

Junis allowed two runs and five hits in five-plus innings while winning his second straight decision. He struck out five and walked one in San Francisco's 7-2 victory.

The 29-year-old is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts).

San Francisco recalled outfielder Heliot Ramos from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move. Ramos was 2-for-9 in five games with the Giants earlier this season.

Ramos, 22, is batting .212 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 47 games at Sacramento.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Seattle Media Day

Mariners claim INF Kevin Padlo off waivers from Giants

June 11, 2022, 6:57 PM

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The Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Kevin Padlo off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

He will report to Triple-A Tacoma, where he began this season before being traded to the Giants on April 26 for cash considerations.

Padlo, 25, was 2-for-12 with four strikeouts in four games with the Giants, who designated him for assignment on Wednesday.

In 37 Triple-A games this season with Tacoma and Sacramento, he is batting .235 with nine homers and 21 RBIs.

The Mariners designated right-hander Drew Steckenrider for assignment in a corresponding transaction.

Steckenrider, 31, was 0-2 with two saves and a 5.65 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Seattle this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds

Reds C Tyler Stephenson (thumb) leaves game

June 9, 2022, 6:44 PM

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Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson left Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after taking a foul ball off his right thumb.

Stephenson, 25, left in the fourth inning after Diamondbacks center fielder Jordan Luplow fouled a pitch off the catcher's throwing hand. Stephenson was replaced by Aramis Garcia.

Stephenson was 0 for 2 on the day before leaving.

Stephenson is batting .305 with five home runs and 31 RBIs on the season, his third with the Reds.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays

Giants acquire C Austin Wynns from Phillies

June 8, 2022, 5:30 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired catcher Austin Wynns from Philadelphia on Wednesday after sending Joey Bart back to the minors.

The Giants sent minor league left-hander Michael Plassmeyer and cash to the Phillies in exchange for Wynns.

Wynns, 31, never appeared in a game for Philadelphia. He batted .365 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Wynns batted .216 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 115 games over parts of three seasons (2018-19, 2021) with the Baltimore Orioles.

He signed as a free agent with Philadelphia in March.

Bart, 25, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento after Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Bart has struggled at the plate, posting a .156/.296/.300 slash line with four homers and seven RBIs in 36 games.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Bart's career average is at .201 through 71 games over three seasons.

Philadelphia sent Plassmeyer, 25, to Lehigh Valley. He went 0-6 with a 7.38 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) this season at Sacramento.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins

Giants' Brandon Crawford exits game with tight quad

June 8, 2022, 4:27 AM

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San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford departed the Giants' Tuesday game against the visiting Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning due to right quadriceps tightness.

Crawford was slated to bat in the bottom of the inning, but Thairo Estrada pinch-hit for him with two on and two outs. Estrada lined out, then stayed in the game at second base as Donovan Walton moved to shortstop.

Crawford, 35, went 0-for-2 before exiting as his batting average dropped to .220. He has five homers and 24 RBIs in 49 games.

Last season, Crawford finished fourth in National League MVP balloting when he established career highs of 24 homers, 90 RBIs and a .298 batting average while earning his fourth Gold Glove. He is a three-time All-Star.

--Field Level Media

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Reds place RHP Vladimir Gutierrez on 15-day IL

June 5, 2022, 5:12 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds placed right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez on the 15-day injured list on Sunday due to right forearm soreness.

The move was made retroactive to Saturday.

Gutierrez, 26, is 1-6 with a 7.61 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) this season. He allowed a solo homer among three hits in one inning of work in Friday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Gutierrez owns a 10-12 record with a 5.44 ERA in 32 career games (30 starts) with the Reds.

Also on Sunday, the Reds recalled right-hander Jared Solomon from Triple-A Louisville.

Solomon, 24, will be making his third stint with the Reds this season. He is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in five appearances.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

Reds trade 1B/OF Jake Bauers to Yankees

June 3, 2022, 10:57 PM

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The New York Yankees acquired first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

The Yankees assigned Bauers to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bauers, 26, spent the start of the season with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate in Louisville and appeared in 29 games, batting .135 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Before this season, he split 328 career major league games among Tampa Bay (2018), Cleveland (2019, 2021) and Seattle (2021). The lefty is a career .213 batter at the big-league level and has 27 career home runs, 45 doubles and 110 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants

Report: Giants scratch Alex Cobb prior to game vs. Marlins

June 3, 2022, 7:55 PM

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San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb was scratched from Friday's start against the host Miami Marlins because of lower back tightness, multiple media outlets reported.

Right-hander John Brebbia (3-0, 3.32 ERA) is expected to receive his first major-league start on Friday.

Cobb, 34, is 3-2 with a 5.73 ERA in eight games (all starts) during his first season with the Giants. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight over six innings on Sunday in a no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds.

Cobb is 66-62 with a 3.93 ERA in 182 career games (all starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels and Giants.

Brebbia, 32, is 9-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 201 career relief appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals and Giants.

--Field Level Media

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Reds' Mike Minor activated from IL, to pitch vs. Nationals

June 3, 2022, 6:31 PM

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Cincinnati Reds left-hander Mike Minor was activated from the 10-day injured list to make his season debut against the visiting Washington Nationals on Friday.

Minor, who has been sidelined by a sore pitching shoulder, was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in March for fellow southpaw Amir Garrett.

Minor, 34, went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in four rehab starts with Triple-A Louisville last month.

Minor posted an 8-12 record with a 5.50 ERA in 28 starts last season for the Royals. Since winning a career-high 14 games and making the American League All-Star team in 2019 for the Texas Rangers, Minor is 10-24 over the past two seasons.

Overall, Minor is 79-78 with a 4.11 ERA in 276 appearances (209 starts) over 10 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Royals.

Also on Friday, the Reds optioned outfielder TJ Friedl to Triple-A Louisville.

Friedl, 26, batted .179 with four RBIs in 20 games this season with the Reds.

--Field Level Media