Tim Lincecum was coming off of his first career no-hitter. He didn’t come close in his next start.
Lincecum surrendered eight earned runs, the Cincinnati Reds scored in their first seven innings and the San Francisco Giants lost 11-0. San Francisco is now 45-53, six games behind the NL West’s first-place team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lincecum’s ERA skyrocketed to 4.73, and his trade stock plummeted.
The former ace was never on, as he was rocked for three home runs. He gave up a three-run double in the first inning that happened partially because of some bad defense, as a bad angle on a line drive taken by left fielder Gregor Blanco gave Shin-Soo Choo a crucial hit. With two outs in the same inning, Frazier crushed a ball over center fielder Andres Torres’ head for a huge double.
Choo, Devin Mesoraco and Jay Bruce homered in the next two innings, and the Reds took a 6-0 lead. Lincecum exited after 3.2 terrible innings, and George Kontos came in. Kontos ate 3.1 innings, but he also coughed up seven hits and three runs.
Jake Dunning and Jean Machi also pitched for the Giants, and both pitched scoreless innings. Bronson Arroyo, on the other hand, pitched a complete game shutout innings.
Arroyo dominated the Giants again, as he mixed up his pitches and used his incredible off-speed stuff to earn his ninth win and lower his ERA to 3.21. Arroyo has a glistening 0.41 ERA in his last three starts against the Giants, as he has dominated the defending champions.
San Francisco is now in a tough position. It is eight games below .500 and is falling out of the race, and with the trade deadline looming, it will have to make a decision. The Reds, on the other hand, don’t have any decision to make, as they are in contention at 56-43. Four of those wins came against the Giants, which are 0-4 against the Reds.
Today, Giants fans learned why the Reds are so good. And, they learned that the Giants’ season may be hard to save.