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Logan Webb looks tall because the Giants are hosting the Reds

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Right-handed Logan Webb continues to pursue his position in the National League All-Star team as he tries to help the San Francisco Giants return to victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. ..

The Reds made a successful pitching matchup at the series opener on Friday. Rookie Graham Ashcraft defeated the Giants for the second time in four weeks after winning 4-2 in eight stellar innings.

Like Ashcraft, Webb (6-2, 3.26 ERA) will play against each other, including throwing six shutout innings with a 6-3 victory at Cincinnati on May 17, 2021. I have never lost to my opponent.

Webb played against the Reds only on April 14, 2021 when 25-year-old Webb threw one inning without a goal.

Webb allowed only one run in 14 innings. The last two will play Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves, respectively.

After losing seven games in a row, Reds will send veteran left-handed Mike Minor (1-3, 6.97) to the mound on Saturday, aiming for two games in a row.

The 34-year-old has received decisions on all four starts of the season. He brought Milwaukee Brewers a 6-3 home loss on Sunday, allowing four runs in six innings.

Minor made 3-3 with 4.04 ERA in 9 career appearances (8 starts) against the Giants. The record includes a 2-1 mark with an ERA of 4.05 in four (three) games in San Francisco.

Giants catcher Kurt Kasari recorded a two-hit performance against his previous team at the series opener. San Francisco has collected only 6 hits in the game. One is a solo home run by Evan Longoria.

Kasari was involved in the key play of the game in which the catcher was asked to interfere with Nick Senzel's swing in the fifth inning. Senzel came to score what turned out to be a run that made a difference.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler did not blame the catcher after that.

"It's pretty much called Nick," Kapler said. "Kart made adjustments at the last at bat and backed him up to give him a little more room. It's not intentional. It's just part of baseball. You try to react to it."

In the second season since Kasari left as a free agent, the Reds struggled to get an attack from the catcher's position this month. Aramis Garcia struck out 9th in the series opener and won 3-1.

The Reds have been using three catchers since losing the starter Tyler Stephenson with his broken right thumb on June 9. 182 and .091 respectively.

Stevenson is definitely in the rest of the series, but he took a step back when he removed the cast earlier this week. He was able to participate in "light baseball activities" before the series opener on Friday.

Now reaching .305, Stevenson is counting the days before returning to the game action.

"It's really just forgiveness, and obviously I'm making sure I'm 100 percent before I come back," he said. "I know the big problem is hitting and bat vibration. It's going to be a really big test-hopefully sooner or later."

– Field-level media