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Cincinnati Reds 2, San Francisco Giants 1: Giants offense needs more shutouts from pitchers

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For a second consecutive day, the best thing we can say about the Giants offense is “Hey, we didn’t get shutout.”

After throwing four consecutive shutouts earlier this week, the Giants needed shutouts Friday and against Saturday to win. They didn’t get it in either.

Normally, when a pitcher shuts down the Giants offense, it’s hard to totally credit the pitcher with that. Normally, the Giants help him out.

But as much as I’d like to avoid doing this, I’d have to give Mat Latos credit.

It was the fourth game that he did not walk a batter this season, although his 115-pitch outing was the most pitches he has thrown in a game without a walk.

But Latos is usually around the plate. He hasn’t walked more than two in a game in his last eight outings.

He’d get ahead of the Giant hitters, then had them on their heals, as they rolled ground ball after ground ball to his infielders.

That is until Brandon Belt smacked a one-out triple in the ninth, leading to the Giants’ only run.

So once again we find ourselves searching for silver linings.

  • The Giants wasted a quality start from Barry Zito. Zito allowed only one run in six innings after miraculously avoiding the landmines he planted. Zito walked six out of eight batters during one stretch, including three in a row resulting in the Reds’ first run.
  • Belt had a nice at-bat to get that triple, one of the Giants’ only two hits. Belt, who has been scuffling of late, did not start, but got his triple in a pinch-hitting role.
  • The Giants still lead the NL West by one game as the Dodgers lost again, suffering their fifth shutout in six games. That’s enough to put a smile on any Giants fans face. Even the Diamondbacks loss, staying four games back.
  • Joey Votto left in the fifth inning with a sore knee. He figures to sit out Sunday’s game.
  • Brad Penny made his 2012 Giants debut out of the bullpen throwing 2 1/3 hitless innings. He retired all seven hitters he faced.

UP NEXT

Ryan Vogelsong returns to the mound to face Bronson Arroyo in the series finale at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The Giants look for a split of the series and a 5-2 homestand before heading East to conclude the first-half of the season.

Cincinnati Reds 5, San Francisco Giants 1: Shutout streak ends … quickly

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For the record, the San Francisco Giants’ shutout streak lasted 36 innings, 60 feet, five inches.

The Reds’ Zach Cozart smacked the first pitch of the game from Matt Cain into the left-field bleachers, ending the Giants’ streak of four consecutive shutouts.

The Reds would go on to add two more runs in the inning as Matt Cain struggled in his first home start since his perfect game on June 6.

He would later give up a home run to Reds pitcher Mike Leake, the first home run Cain has allowed to an opposing pitcher in his career. Cain finished with five earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.

“I’m just sad I didn’t keep it going,” Cain said. “I wanted to follow (Madison Bumgarner’s gem) up, and I didn’t do that.”

The Giants got their hits on Leake, smacking out nine hits. But they went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

But there are some silver linings in the loss:

  • Pablo Sandoval helped the Giants avert their fourth shutout loss of the season — and first to a National League club — with his one-out home run to right in the ninth inning. It was Sandoval’s first home run since coming off the disabled list earlier this month.
  • While the Giants avoided a shutout, the Dodgers did not, losing 9-0 to the Mets. So the Giants retained their one-game lead in the NL West.

UP NEXT

Barry Zito tries to build off his outstanding start on Monday when San Francisco faces Giant-villain Mat Latos in a 1:05 p.m. start Saturday.

San Francisco Giants 5, Cincinnati Reds 0: OK, Matt Cain, what can you do?

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Two weeks ago, Matt Cain set Giants franchise history by throwing the first perfect game in team history.

Not to be outdone, the other four pitchers on the staff have teamed up to match Cain’s accomplishment in one.

Led by outstanding starting performances by Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Linecum and Madison Bumgarner, the Giants have posted four consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history.

It’s the first since the 1995 Orioles that a team has posted four consecutive shutouts.

On Monday, it was Zito, George Kontos and Shane Loux shutting out the Dodgers 8-0.

On Tuesday, it was Vogelsong, Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla shutting out the Dodgers 2-0

On Wednesday, it was Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo shutting out the Dodgers 3-0.

On Thursday, it was all Bumgarner in a 5-0 win over the Reds.

Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a one-hitter with two walks and eight strikeouts.

The streak of 36 consecutive shutout innings set a San Francisco Giants record of 35 set back in 1960.

It’s the third one-hitter or better the Giants pitchers have thrown this season.

They have 10 shutouts on the season — the last four and five of the last six home games.

  • April 9 — 7-0 at Colorado (Zito CG)
  • April 15 — 5-0 vs. Pittsburgh (Cain CG)
  • April 18 — 1-0 (11) vs. Philadelphia (Cain start)
  • May 19 — 4-0 vs. Oakland (Vogelsong start)
  • June 3 — 2-0 vs. Chicago Cubs (Zito start)
  • June 13 — 10-0 vs. Houston (Cain CG)
  • June 25 — 8-0 vs. L.A. Dodgers (Zito start)
  • June 26 — 2-0 vs. L.A. Dodgers (Vogelsong start)
  • June 27 — 3-0 vs. L.A. Dodgers (Lincecum start)
  • June 28 — 5-0 vs. Cincinnati (Bumgarner CG)

The 10 shutouts tie the Giants with the Angels for the most in the majors this season. The Giants lead the National League by a significant margin. The Mets have eight, then the Diamondbacks have five. Eight other teams have four.

And let’s not forget about the offense. All nine Giants who played Thursday reached safely as the Giants drew six walks and had nine hits. Even Bumgarner collected a hit. Melky Cabrera went 2 for 2 with two walks.

Oh, and Thursday’s win put the Giants all alone in first place in the NL West for the first time all season.

Good times, Giants fans, good times.

UP NEXT

Cain takes the hill against Mike Leake as the Giants and Reds meet at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

San Francisco Giants 6, Cincinnati Reds 5: Angel Pagan sends Giants home happy

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The Giants broke a lot of streaks Thursday when Angel Pagan’s three-run home run in the ninth inning gave them a much-needed win over the Reds.

It is the first time the Giants have won in Cincinnati since 2010, a string of seven consecutive loss.

It was the first time this season the Giants won a game in which they trailed after the seventh inning. They were 0-9 in those games.

It was the first time they won when trailing after two innings. They were 0-6 in those games.

It was also the fourth consecutive time the Giants have won a series finale before heading to another city.

“We were just thinking ‘happy flight’,” Pagan said. “It’s a good road trip, I think. Now, we’ve got to go home and take care of business.”

The Giants head home 10-9, which isn’t too terrible considering 13 of their first 19 games were on the road. The old adage is to win at home and split on the road.

Thursday’s win gave the Giants a 4-3 road trip, and they are now 6-7 on the road for the season — 6-4 after that season-opening sweep in Arizona.

Pagan is now hitting .241 with a .277 OBP. Not exactly what you look for from your leadoff guy. But after a very slow start, Pagan has hit safely in 11 straight games, batting .308 over that span. He also hit three home runs on the road trip, from the right side and left.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joaquin Arias had a solid debut at the plate after getting called up from Fresno on Wednesday. He went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. His walk started the ninth-inning rally.
  • The bottom of the order made contributions. 2B Ryan Theriot went 2 for 3 with a sac fly. He singled after Arias’ walk in the ninth.
  • Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
  • Santiago Casilla struck out the side in the ninth to record his second save.

UP NEXT

The Giants open a nine-game homestand with a 7:15 p.m. game against the Padres on Friday. The Giants haven’t officially named a starter to face San Diego’s Cory Luebke. But Eric Hacker’s agent tweeted Wednesday that his client would get called up Friday to make the start. There are other roster moves the Giants need to make in order for that to happen. We would expect Dan Otero to be sent down and Brian Wilson to be moved to the 60-day DL.

Cincinnati Reds 4, San Francisco Giants 2: Giants throw this one away

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You could point a lot of areas where the Giants fell short Wednesday in Cincinnati.

You could mention that after scoring 4 or more runs in their first 10 road games, the Giants have gone back-to-back games without scoring more than two.

You could point that the Giants were only able to score two runs despite collecting nine hits and one walk in five innings off Bronson Arroyo.

Or you could question Bruce Bochy’s decision to send Barry Zito back out to the mound for the seventh inning after sitting right at 100 pitches through six innings.

But the bottom line was that the Giants could have won this game if they could simply throw and catch the ball.

After Zito gave up a leadoff homer to Scott Rolen in the seventh, Clay Hensley was summoned from the bullpen and gave up a single to Ryan Ludwick.

Ryan Hanigan tried to bunt Ludwick to second. If Hensley throws Hanigan out to first, the Giants could have escaped the inning with the lead.

Hanigan would have been out No. 1 one. Then Willie Harris’ infield pop up would have out No. 2. Then Wilson Valdez’s fly to right, after a walk to Drew Stubbs, would have ended the inning.

Instead, Hensley fielded the ball and slipped as he took a look at second. But he didn’t reset his feet as he threw to first and sailed it over Emmanuel Burriss’ head and into right field.

Now, there’s second and third and none out. Harris’ pop is out No. 1 and a walk to Stubbs loaded the bases.

Nate Schierholtz caught Valdez’s fly and threw home to get Ludwick trying to score. But catcher Hector Sanchez could not come up with the ball and Ludwick scored the tying run as the other runners moved up. Schierholtz was charged with the error, even though it was dead on the mark. Sanchez just whiffed the one-hopper.

Then Jeremy Affeldt came in and threw a wild pitch that allowed Hanigan to score the go-ahead run. Joey Votto’s double to center completed the four-run rally.

OTHER NOTES

  • The error-filled seventh (and lack of offense) wasted Barry Zito’s third quality start in four starts. He gave up 1 run on five hits in six innings. His season ERA is 1.67. The Giants couldn’t ask for more.
  • Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 4 to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 18 games.

UP NEXT

Ryan Vogelsong takes on Homer Bailey at 9:35 a.m. Thursday. If the Giants can win, they’ll go home with a 4-3 road trip. Good enough, all things considered.

Cincinnati Reds 9, San Francisco Giants 2: An exercise in baseball stupidity

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There wasn’t much to talk about this game, as the Giants sleep-walked through a loss to the Reds.

But they got a wake-up call in the ninth inning by what only can be described as baseball stupidity.

It all started in the seventh when the game got away from the Giants.

Trailing 3-0 with two on and two out, rookie reliever hit Joey Votto in the backside with a pitch.

A perfect time for a purpose pitch to a guy who was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, right?

Hardly.

The HBP on Votto led to another five runs in the inning for the Reds. So anyone could see that Otero wasn’t throwing at Votto.

Well, anyone but the Reds.

The Reds wanted to make it clear that you shouldn’t unintentionally throw at one of their players.

But they didn’t send their message by throwing at Otero, who was left in the game as a sacrificial lamb to save the bullpen and batted for himself to lead off the eighth.

Nor did they throw at any of the next three players who came to bat for the Giants.

They had Sam LeCure throw a pitch behind Buster Posey with one on in the ninth.

Posey was able to avoid the pitch. Then got his revenge by taking LeCure deep for a two-run home run, helping the Giants avoid being shut out for the first time this season.

I guess it could have been worse. They could have thrown at Pablo Sandoval, who could have been hit by the pitch, costing him a final chance to extend his 16-game hitting streak.

As it was, Sandoval singled in the ninth to push his streak to 17 games.

UP NEXT

The Giants send Barry Zito vs. Bronson Arroyo at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday.

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