July 24, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4, left) scores on a RBI-double by right fielder Jay Bruce (32, not pictured) behind San Francisco Giants catcher Guillermo Quiroz (12, right) during the third inning at AT

Gaudin Struggles, Giants Lose Ground in Blowout Loss to Reds

The San Francisco Giants haven’t played good baseball lately. On Wednesday night, they showed everyone why they aren’t winning.

San Francisco failed to come through with runners in scoring position, starter Chad Gaudin was torched and the Giants lost 8-3 to the Reds. Gaudin has been great since moving into the rotation, but he struggled mightily tonight. He surrendered six runs in 3.2 innings and took the loss.

Mike Leake earned the win with a gusty six-inning performance. Leake wiggled in and out of jams, as he gave up 12 hits, but he only surrendered one run. Hunter Pence’s RBI single in the third plated Marco Scutaro, and Pablo Sandoval drove in two with an RBI double, but that was it for the Giants. Pablo Sandoval popped out with the bases loaded in the fourth, Gregor Blanco grounded out with two runners in scoring position in the second and the Giants failed to score with two on and two out in the fifth.

Oh, and they failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh.

The Giants missed their chances, but the Reds certainly didn’t. They scored three times with two outs in the third, and they added four more in the next three innings. The Reds didn’t get any home runs, but they efficiently plated runners. Seven of the 12 Reds hits came around to score, and the team reached eight times with runners in scoring position.

Cincinnati took this four-game series with great hitting, as it scored 31 runs. It also benefited from great relief pitching, and that continued today. Sam LeCure inherited three runners in the seventh, but he registered three outs to strand three. Logan Ondrusek gave up one earned run, but he finished off the game with two decent innings.

Now, the 46-55 Giants are 7.5 games back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. They could end up selling off key pieces at the 2013 MLB trade deadline, as they are rapidly losing ground in the NL West.

Last season, the Giants won 105 games (including the postseason). This season, they’ll be lucky to win 80 games, and anyone who watched tonight’s game knows why.

Tags: Chad Gaudin Cincinnati Reds Mike Leake San Francisco Giants

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