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WATCH: Bees Swarm Great American Ballpark, Delay Reds-Giants Game

Gregg Henson
May 07, 2019 - 11:29 am

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bees swarmed home plate. A rookie hit two homers. A third baseman wound up pitching. Reds batters got plunked at a record rate in a lopsided win.

Bruce Bochy sure has some memories from his final game at Great American Ball Park.

Nick Senzel hit a leadoff homer after a swarm of bees finally left home plate, and the rookie connected again his next time up Monday, leading Cincinnati to a 12-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants that was strewn with far more oddities than just an insect infestation.

"Whew," the Giants manager said, rubbing both eyes with his fists.

The wild game included a record-tying four Reds getting plunked in one inning. Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval pitched the eighth and also hit a batter, matching another record.

By that time, Bochy wasn't the only one with tired eyes.

The first pitch was delayed 18 minutes as bees swarmed above the backstop screen, prompting umpires and players to keep a safe distance.

"I've never seen that," Senzel said. "That was crazy. I didn't know what was going on at first. Then I saw the swarm."

It was the Giants' second bee delay in Cincinnati. Their game at Riverfront Stadium on April 17, 1976, was held up for 35 minutes when bees invaded the visiting dugout. Another game at Riverfront — this one against the Phillies — was delayed for 17 minutes in 1987, with Reds starter Ted Power getting stung on his hand.