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Pre-game notes & lineups: San Francisco Giants look to bounce back against Cincinnati Reds

By Eric Nathanson

The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds face off in the 2nd game of a 3 game series tonight at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PT, but once again there is the possibility of thunderstorms in the area. The Giants are looking to bounce back after last night’s rough 8-3 loss to the Reds in which they committed 4 errors.

It’s a tough task ahead as the Giants have lost 11 of their last 12 regular-season games in Cincinnati. To try to turn it back around, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 3.45 ERA) takes the ball for the Giants. The Reds counter with LHP Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.01 ERA) who faced the Giants twice last season, limiting them to a .209 batting average in 12.1 innings pitched.

The lineups for the middle game of this series.

Buster Posey is back behind the plate as Mike Morse takes over at 1st base again. Juan Perez gets the rare start in left field, which makes sense, there isn’t another right-handed bat to put out there against the lefty Cingrani.

Hunter Pence was a triple short of the cycle last night in the losing effort. He has stayed hot going 7 for 18 with 2 home runs in the Giants last 4 games. In Pence’s last 4 against the Reds, he’s gone 12 for 17. Wow.

Brandon Crawford stays in the lineup to face the lefty Cingrani. Crawford has turned it around against left-handed pitching going .339 (19 for 56) so far this season. although, he’s only 3 for his last 20 against left-handers, and 4 for his last 29 overall.

Pablo Sandoval‘s 12-game hitting streak came to an end last night when he went 0 for 3.

The Giants still have the best record in baseball at 37-21 and hold a 7 game lead over the Dodgers. The Reds are 27-29 and in 4th place in the NL Central, 6.5 games behind the Brewers. Cincinnati has won 4 straight and 5 of their last 6 games. The Giants are just looking to win a game in the Queen City.