Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Reds-Giants Scouting Report

        When: Today through Thursday, 7:05 p.m.

        Where: Cinergy Field.

        TV: Fox Sports Network, today and Wednesday; Fox Family Channel, Thursday.

        Records: Cincinnati 46-64, fifth place NL Central; San Francisco 62-50, third place NL West.

        Probable starting pitchers:

        Today, LHP Lance Davis (5-1, 5.48 ERA) vs. Jason Schmidt (7-6, 4.35)

        Wednesday, RHP Elmer Dessens (8-8, 4.43) vs. LHP Kirk Rueter (11-7, 4.74)

        Thursday, Jim Brower (6-7, 3.71) vs. Russ Ortiz (12-6, 3.36).

        The bats: It's no accident that the Giants are 10-1 since obtaining Andres Galarraga, who already has driven in 14 runs. Rich Aurilia (.340) remains one of the year's best stories. Of Barry Bonds' 102 hits, 73 have gone for extra bases. Bothered by injuries, ex-Red Eric Davis is hitting .195 with three homers and 16 RBI in what he has said will be his final season.

        The arms: San Francisco acquired Schmidt, the ex-Pirate, in a trading-deadline deal. Rueter lost to the Reds on April 25 (5 1/3 innings, six runs) but he won't have to face Barry Larkin (injured) and Alex Ochoa (traded), who got four of the 11 hits off him that night. Robb Nen (32 saves, 66 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings) is still Robb Nen.

        The rest: Benito Santiago, who had two stints as a Red, signed with the Giants late in spring training and quickly became their No. 1 catcher. He's hitting .266 with four homers and 31 RBI and has provided his usual solid defense.


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