By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – Another rough start for the Giants starters. After being called up for today’s doubleheader, Eric Surkamp return to the big leagues was a memorable one. His outing lasted only 2 2/3 innings before the Reds sent him to the dugout.
Once again, Cincinnati took advantage early in their 9-3 victory over San Francisco. Surkamp retired the first four batters he faced but after that things went awry. After undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery he took the mound for the first time since September 28, 2011.
“I was just leaving balls over the middle of the plate,” said Eric. “It’s just leaving pitches up over the middle, and they were hitting them.”
He allowed seven earned runs on nine hits with two hit batters and two home runs. Despite the Giants taking an early 1-0 lead in the first, the Reds bats took over in the second scoring four runs. Over the first two games of this series Cincinnati batters have combined to score 20 runs on 32 hits.
San Francisco scored twice in the first and and fourth both on sacrifice fly’s from Pablo Sandoval and Guillermo Quiroz. They tried to rally a comeback in the ninth with four hits off closer Alfredo Simon. With two on and two outs, Simon forced Tony Abreu to ground out to end the game.
“I was battling myself a little bit,” said Tony Cingrani. “I couldn’t get my offspeed pitches over too much, but it was enough to through six, and then I struggled a little in the seventh.
The Southpaw who knocked in a RBI single of his own kept the Giants’s offense pretty quiet and showed no signs of struggle on the mound. He tossed 6.2 innings, yielding two earned runs on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts. No worries on the Reds offense to back him for the win.
Zack Cozart went 4-for-4 with one home run, two RBI’s and three runs scored. His four hits matched his career-high. Devin Mesoraco went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the second. He is now 6-for-9 with five RBI’s, two home runs, a double and three runs scored in the first two games of this series.
“We want to go out there and put up as many runs as you can, especially early to take a little pressure off the starting pitcher,” Mesoraco said. “And that’s what we were able to do the past two nights.”