It was simple request.
Scott Feldman approached Reds manager Bryan Price after eight innings and asked politely if coming out of the game was negotiable.
Feldman blanked the Gaiants 4-0 with the aid of home runs by Zack Cozart and Scott Schebler and nifty defense from Cozart, Jose Peraza and Joey Votto.
“After the eighth inning, I got an extra shot of adrenaline and asked Bryan if I could stay in the game,” Feldman said. “He showed confidence in me which is great.”
The Reds had Wandy Peralta and Raisell Iglesias warming in the bullpen.
It was the first by a Reds’ starter since August 27, 2016 when Anthony DeSclafani pitched one at Arizona.
“He was pitch efficient. He’s a veteran. You have to treat veterans like veterans,” Price said. ‘I never felt he was in trouble. He got a lot of ground balls. It was all on his shoulder.”
Feldman didn’t allow one of the four Giants hits until Hunter Pence led off the fourth with a ground single up the middle.
The Giants got a runner to third with one out in the fifth. Christian Arroyo doubled and went to third with one out. He got a fly out to short right by Gorkys Hernandez and a nice bare handed play by Zack Cozart to end the inning. Hernandez led off the eighth with a double but two ground outs and a strike out finished the Giants off that inning. The ninth was a 1-2-3 inning.
‘I think he’s been pitching pretty well all year,” said Zack Cozart, who hit his second home run to give the Reds a four-run margin. “He works fast and pumps strikes. You get a lot of plays made behind you when you do that.”