The Giants are coming off an insane, historic comeback in which they overcame an eight-run deficit Friday night against the Reds.
Stephen Vogt set up the Giants by belting a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Evan Longoria sealed the deal when he went deep in the top of the 11th to defeat Cincinnati, 12-11.
It was Vogt's first game back to the bigs in years, and he was overwhelmed after the victory, telling reporters: "For my first game back since 2017, this is pretty special and especially finishing off that come-from-behind win."
Vogt won't start in Saturday's rubber match in the series, with first pitch at Great American Ball Park scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT. Buster Posey will catch right-hander Dereck Rodriguez, who'll start on the bump against the Reds' Tanner Roark.
Posey has enjoyed success against Roark, hitting .438 in 16 career at-bats against him. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who's hitting clean-up, has one homer, two RBI and a .333 average in 12 career at-bats against Roark.
Outfielder Mike Gerber, recently promoted from Triple-A, will start in left field after going 1-for-3 on Friday. It wasn't as great of news for Tyler Beede, who made his 2019 debut with the Giants and struggled on the mound, allowing seven hits against 17 batters faced in 2 1/3 innings. His ERA now sits at a staggering 27.00. He was sent back to Triple-A before Saturday's game, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported.
Giants were hoping Beede would show enough last night to turn this into more than a spot-start. But he'll be back, that's a tough ballpark to pitch in and ultimately they need to see if spring/April form can work in big leagues.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 4, 2019
Here are the lineups for Giants-Reds. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, starting with "Giants Pregame Live" at 3 p.m. PT, or by downloading the MyTeams app:
San Francisco Giants (14-18)
Joe Panik, 2B
Mike Gerber, LF
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Kevin Pillar, CF
Steven Duggar, LF
Dereck Rodriguez, RHP (3-3, 4.35 ERA)
Cincinnati Reds (13-19)
Joey Votto, 1B
Eugenio Suarez, 3B
Jesse Winker, LF
Yasiel Puig, RF
Derek Dietrich, 2B
Nick Senzel, CF
Jose Peraza, SS
Tanner Roark, RHP (1-1, 4.08 ERA)
Tucker Barnhart, C