Reds at Giants
Matt Harvey looks to build on his impressive debut with the Cincinnati Reds when he takes the mound Wednesday against the host San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game series. Harvey was acquired from the New York Mets last week and could become a valuable trade chip for the Reds, who have dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak.
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt homered and shortstop Brandon Crawford went 4-for-4 in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory as the Giants (22-21) won their third straight and moved one game over .500. Hunter Strickland worked a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save and has made a strong case to continue as the team’s closer even after Mark Melancon (forearm) returns at the end of the month. Cincinnati is 11-14 under interim manager Jim Riggleman following a 3-15 start with second baseman Scooter Gennett and third baseman Eugenio Suarez leading the resurgence. The 26-year-old Suarez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer while batting third in Tuesday’s loss and has a team-high 30 RBIs in just 27 games.
TV: 3:45 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Matt Harvey (0-2, 6.10 ERA) vs. Giants LH Andrew Suarez (1-2, 4.57)
Harvey gave up one hit, struck out two and walked none over four innings in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. “It’s a good first start,” he told reporters. “It’s only four innings. There’s a lot of work and a lot of season left. But to go out there and get outs and help the team win is very important.” Buster Posey is 5-for-8 with a home run against Harvey, who is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in three career starts versus San Francisco.
Suarez is hoping to bounce back from a rough outing Friday against Pittsburgh, giving up five runs on seven hits over four frames. The 25-year-old was sharp in his previous two starts, however, allowing a total of three runs (two earned) with 11 strikeouts across 12 1/3 innings. Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier this month to replace Johnny Cueto (elbow) in the rotation and owns a 23-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his four starts.
1. Giants OF Mac Williamson (concussion) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend.
2. Reds 1B Joey Votto was held out of Tuesday’s starting lineup after leaving Monday’s contest due to lower back tightness but is expected to start Wednesday’s series finale.
3. San Francisco recalled INF Miguel Gomez from Double-A Richmond and optioned OF Austin Slater to Sacramento.