Tim Lincecum didn’t pitch well in the series opener against the Cincinnati Reds. Somehow, Eric Surkamp followed with a worse outing.
Surkamp was lit up by the Reds, as he surrendered seven runs in 2.2 innings. The Giants opened up the doubleheader with a 9-3 loss, one that dropped them to a horrific 45-54. The Giants are still in the NL West race, but their 5-12 July and 15-29 stretch in June and July hasn’t helped.
The Giants are 0-5 against the Reds, and poor pitching is the reason why. Surkamp didn’t help the Giants by giving up a three-run home run to Devin Mesoraco, a solo home run to Jay Bruce and nine hits overall, but Yusmeiro Petit did help. He surrendered two runs in 5.1 innings, and more importantly, he ate innings to save the team’s arms for the next game of the doubleheader.
Petit, Surkamp and Jean Machi were the only Giants who pitched, which allows Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, Jose Mijares, Sandy Rosario, Santiago Casilla and others to pitch in the second game. Petit ate innings and did it in an efficient fashion, but it wasn’t enough for the Giants.
In his 11th start of the season, Tony Cingrani dominated. The Reds southpaw pitched 6.2 innings and surrendered a mere two runs, and he earned his fourth win in the process. He was aided by another offensive explosion, but he did a great job eating innings for the Reds.
Alfredo Simon came in to finish the game, and while he surrendered a run on a fielder’s choice by Kensuke Tanaka, he slammed the door with 2.1 solid innings.
Because to a great long relief outing and a great start, both teams have fresh arms in the bullpen for the second game of the doubleheader. However, the Giants offense hasn’t looked fresh, as it has scored three runs in its last three games.
The Reds, on the other hand, look as good as ever. If they don’t cool down, it could lead to a four-game sweep. And, more importantly, it could lead to the Giants selling off key pieces at the 2013 MLB trade deadline.