Series history: The Reds are 36-24 against the Giants since 2008. No opponent has a better winning percentage against the Giants in that time. That includes the five games in the National League Division Series in 2012 when the Giants rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Reds in five games.
Weekend highlights: The first 20,000 fans at the game Saturday receive a Reds Star Wars T-shirt. On Sunday, the Reds will give Billy Hamilton Fathead wall decals to kids 14 and younger.
Power display: The Reds are one of three teams with three players who have hit at least eight home runs. Entering the weekend, Joey Votto had nine, and Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler each had eight.
Hot bats: Arismendy Alcantara has singled four times and tripled once in his last five at-bats. He has appeared in 18 games and is hitting .333 (8-for-24). … Votto is hitting .345 in his last 16 games. His average has jumped from .178 to .270 in that span.
Saturday's game: Amir Garrett (2-2, 4.50 ERA) starts for the Reds in a 7:10 p.m. Saturday game against Giants left-hander Ty Blach (0-1, 2.55). It will be the sixth start of the season for Garrett, who is most effective when he's keeping pitches down in the strike zone. He allowed two earned runs on two hits in seven innings in his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
“When you’re a left-handed starter, quite often you’re going to face a stacked right-handed hitting lineup,” Price said. “When that happens, if you can hit that down-and-away corner when you need to, that’s a blessing. If that pitch is up and away, it’s a possible double or triple waiting to happen.”