Former Stanford standout Greg Reynolds made his return to Major League Baseball on Tuesday night in the second game of a doubleheader with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
The outcome for Reynolds, however, wasn't what he wanted as the Giants salvaged a split with a 5-3 victory. The Reds won the opener, 9-3. It was Reynolds' first appearance in the majors in two years.
In Game 2, San Francisco tagged Reynolds for three runs in a 30-pitch first inning and added an additional run one inning later to take the 4-0 lead. The Reds had limited the Giants to six runs in the five prior games they'd played this season.
Reynolds settled down after a difficult first inning to pitch five total on 77 pitches. The right-hander surrendered five runs on eight hits, striking out and walking one apiece in his first time pitching in the stadium of the team he grew up supporting.
"I felt like I was throwing well," Reynolds said. "I just made a few mistakes in big spots where you can't afford to make mistakes. I felt good. I felt like for the most part I executed. But there's definitely a few pitches that I want back and I paid the price for it."
Reynolds pointed to three pitches in particular -- all in the first inning -- as prominent mistakes: the 90-mph fastball he threw down the middle to Pablo Sandoval that went for a two-run double, the fastball on a 1-2 count that hit Buster Posey in the arm to set up Sandoval's double and the curveball to Hunter Pence one batter later that resulted in an RBI single.
Reynolds was the winner of last week's Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno while representing the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Reds. He led the International League with a 10-2 record and a 2.54 ERA heading into the all-star break.