Reds-Giants game delayed by a swarm of bees

Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Sunday

Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Sunday

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy's last game in Cincinnati created more buzz than anyone imagined.

The game began after the swarm moved toward the upper deck. Not when they come to Cincinnati. It led to an 18-minute delay to the start of the game. In 1976, a swarm infested the visitor's dugout, causing a 35-minute delay at Riverfront Stadium. Members of the grounds crew took the field to spray some bee repellent and after about 15 minutes, Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani returned to the mound - but only after the stadium's "bee guy" gave the thumbs up.

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.

Monday's delay was similar to the 2007 American League Division Series game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, when a thousands or even millions of midges hatched and overwhelmed the players and fans at Jacobs Field.

Today's contest between the Reds and the San Francisco Giants got off to a fast start, with Cincinnati scoring right off the bat.