On Wednesday, I like many more SF Giants fans were hoping to see their starting lineup as they traveled to Goodyear to play the Cincinnati Reds. Instead, a mainly minor league offensive lineup beat the Reds regulars, 9-5. There were a ton of Giants fans in town and they cheered every time a Giants player left the field.
Barry Zito skated into and out of trouble over his 3.1 innings. He only allowed a first inning run via Neftali Soto’s RBI single. The Reds were kept in check until the 6th inning with Javier Lopez on the mound.
Meanwhile, the Giants scored two runs off Bronson Arroyo in the second. DH Johnny Monell (who went 3-for-4 in the game) delivered a two out RBI double. Wilson Valdez followed with an infield single that Arroyo threw away to let another run score. Arroyo ended up striking out three in the inning. Sean Marshall allowed a run in the fifth, but the Reds came back.
Donald Lutz doubled and Derrick Robinson singled him home. But the former Royal tried to get to second on the throw home and was thrown out by a mile. It was a bad play, considering Chris Heisey homered as the next batter to tie the game at 3-3 against Lopez.
The game stayed tied until the eighth, when the Giants plated six runs. That included back-to-back pitch home runs by Ricky Orepesa and Juan Perez. They ended up batting around, as Gary Brown made both the first and last out.
The Reds came back with two runs in the ninth and had two more on base against Dan Otero, but Heisey flied out to end the game.
Following the game, we headed to the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium. There were ton of animals, including tons of Mucaws who seemed to run the place. We ate dinner at the aquarium, right in front of the shark tank (who circled throughout the meal).
*I forgot to mention that while eating breakfast at IHOP, Ian Kinsler and his family were across the aisle. I guess he didn’t have to be at the field for the Rangers game.