Blown save keeps Tim Lincecum from 5-0

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Tim Lincecum was brilliant Wednesday afternoon, racking up 11 strikeouts while holding the Phillies to one run through eight innings.
He stayed in to start the ninth inning, but was yanked at 106 pitches after walking Shane Victorino with one out and watched closer Brian Wilson cough up a 4-1 lead. Wilson came into the game with a 0.00 ERA, but the blown save kept Lincecum from joining Ubaldo Jimenez as the majors’ only 5-0 pitchers.
He’ll have to settle for being 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA, .175 opponents’ batting average, and 43/7 K/BB ratio in 35.1 innings. In winning his second straight Cy Young award last season Lincecum didn’t reach four victories until May 26.

Scooter Gennett to undergo MRI after injury

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The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.

Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.

The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.