The latest buzz from Cincinnati: a swarm of bees settled in on the backstop screen at Great American Ballpark shortly before the first pitch of this afternoon’s Giants-Reds game. It led to an 18-minute delay to the start of the game.
The bees were not totally removed before the game started. They just migrated to the upper deck. Which, well, if you’ve been to many games in Cincinnati lately, you know isn’t that full of people, so the umps deemed the situation under control. Bee abatement continued as the game began.
Derek Dietrich helped out too:
As for the game: the Reds jumped out to 5-0 lead in the first inning, plated two more in the second and now lead 7-1 entering the top of the fifth.
Honey of a ballgame for the home team, eh?
Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.
Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.
The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.
Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.
Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.