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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, May 6, 2017
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 20,213

Reds look to continue mastery of Giants

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Giants and the Reds split their six games in 2016. When Cincinnati defeated San Francisco 7-4 on May 4, 2016, it snapped its five-game home losing streak in this series.
  2. San Francisco has gotten a league-low 25.0 (25/100) percent of its total runs from home runs this season. The Giants' 18 total home runs are their fewest through their first 29 games of any season since 2009 (16).
  3. The Reds have hit two or more home runs in 11 games this season (6-5). That is tied for fourth most games by any NL club.
  4. Adam Duvall hit 11 home runs in the month of May last season, which was tied with Khris Davis for the most in the majors. He has hit one homer this May.
  5. After giving up four earned runs in 4.1 IP in his first start of 2017, Matt Cain is 2-0 with a 1.17 (3/23.0) ERA over his last four. The last time Cain had 5+ starts going 5+ innings while allowing no more than one run in each of those starts was May 22-June 13, 2010, when he had a five-start streak (streaks exclude any relief appearances).
  6. Bronson Arroyo has given up six home runs this season. All season have been hit by players batting either second (4) or third (2) in the opposing batting order.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/5/2017 thru 5/7/2017

CINCINNATI -- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat in his office at Great American Ball Park on Friday afternoon and reminisced about the 2012 National League Division Series when his team rallied from a two-games-to-none deficit to beat the Reds en route to their second of three World Series titles.

"I'm still amazed what those guys did, coming back like that," Bochy said. "They did it a few times in that postseason."

Hunter Pence's pre-game motivational speeches and Buster Posey's grand slam in Game 5 helped the Giants win three straight on the road against a Reds team that hadn't lost three straight all season.

But, over the next five seasons, San Francisco (11-19) rarely has gotten the best of the Reds.

The teams meet again Saturday night, in the second game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Since 2008, Cincinnati is 37-24 against the Giants, and 26-16 over the past six seasons. The .606 overall winning percentage is the highest of any Giants opponent since 2008 (minimum 50 games).

In quite the contrast to Friday's series opener which featured right-handers Matt Cain and Bronson Arroyo who have 24 combined years of major-league experience, a pair of rookies will start on Saturday.

Left-hander Amir Garrett will make his sixth career start, coming off a strong seven-inning performance on Monday against the Pirates in which he allowed only two solo home runs. When he works hitters down in the zone, the 24-year-old Garrett can be dominant.

"When you're a left-handed starter, quite often you're going to face a stacked right-handed hitting lineup," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "When that happens, if you can hit that down-and-away corner when you need to, that's a blessing. If that pitch is up and away, it's a possible double or triple waiting to happen."

The Giants will counter with 26-year-old Ty Blach who is making his third start of the season in place of injured Madison Bumgarner.

Blach has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Giants, allowing five runs in 17.2 innings pitched (2.55 ERA). He did not factor in the decision in his last start on April 30, despite throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks in a 5-2 loss to the Padres.

Blach will be facing Cincinnati for the first time on Saturday. He'll have to contend with a hot Reds' offense led by second baseman Jose Peraza who has a nine-game hitting streak and had a career-high four RBIs on Friday night including a three-run triple in a 13-3 rout.

The Giants are still without shortstop Brandon Crawford who's eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday but is still recovering from a right groin strain.

Cincinnati (15-14) has won three straight to move above .500 for the first time since April 23. Price is watching more baseball highlights these days.

"I watch the baseball highlights if we win," Price said, prior to Friday's game. "I watch the MLB (Network) one time through. That's what I watch. I can't watch 24/7. I don't know how these other guys do it. If we don't win, I don't watch it."

Updated May 6, 2017

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