Mike Minor’s struggles continue, Reds routed in San Francisco

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Mike Minor’s struggles with the Cincinnati Reds continued Saturday night in San Francisco. Minor allowed three homers in pitching-friendly Oracle Park — en route to a 9-2 loss to the Giants.

The Reds took an early 1-0 lead on a Nick Senzel RBI single, but the Giants went 9 unanswered. Brandon Drury hit his 15th homer of the year late in the game for the Reds.

The biggest game in the game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistics (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game for the Reds was Nick SenzelSingle RBI 2nd inning with 2 outs, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead with runners at 1st and 3rd. This game increased the probability of winning Reds by 11.5% (from 49.4% to 61.1%).

Good points

Brandon Dry hit his 15th homer of the season.

mike mustakas reached base twice for a second straight night.

Nick Senzel driven in a race. He’s 5 for 11 in the last three games. We’ve said it many times before, but I hope this is the start of a great streak since Senzel.

Daruri Moreta and Ross Detwiler each scoreless relief inning pitched.

negatives

Mike MinerHis first 5 starts with the Reds have been tough as he now has a 7.71/7.95 FIP ERA. He allowed 10 homers in 25.2 innings. I guess the positive for Minor is that he has at least gone 6.0, 6.1 and 5.0 innings in his last 3 starts. Minor was brought in to eat innings for the Reds. You just hope he could mix up a few starts where the Reds actually have a chance of winning.

Jared Solomon had a tough run in his first appearance since being recalled, allowing 3 earned runs and 2 walks.

Not so random thoughts………

Jonathan India was hit by a pitch in the 5th inning. He stayed in the game until the 7th inning when David Bell eliminated India with Pham and Votto due to the game being out of control. I hope it was just a precaution.

Next:

The reds among the giants
Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
Television: Bally Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (4.57 ERA/3.37 FIP) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (7.71 ERA/5.08 FIP)

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