Freefalling Giants Shut Out by Reds, Swept in Cincinnati

Both games start at 7:10 p.m. They got swept by the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, being outscored 31-5 in the process.

If the Giants are a Don Rickles punchline, the Mets are a Rodney Dangerfield bit.

The Giants are in danger of packing it in.

Take today's game as the summary of this entire season.

"He had earned it", Price said.

The tragicomedy didn't end there.

Smoke began coming out of the bus carrying players.

Johnny Cueto was better than Matt Cain or Ty Blach in this series, which is clearing an ankle-high bar. In two starts against them since being traded in 2015, he has given up 10 runs in 12 innings. The Giants inconsistent play was on display again this past week. "Score five runs in a three-game series?" The rookie left-hander Garrett moves to 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA through six starts. Feldman entered with a 4.83 ERA. "It usually isn't. I could see the finish line was so close". "I had him coming out after eight innings".

They're not related, but they have something in common beyond their last name. We're not doing our job offensively as well. He'll play six innings for Double-A Richmond on Monday as part of a rehab stint.

The Giants have weathered the loss of Buster Posey when he spent a week on the concussion list, and two-thirds of their starting outfielders (Denard Span, Jarrett Parker) are on the DL.

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But it was never more apparent than in this series with the Reds: Crawford's absence is more destabilizing than anyone else the Giants could lose.

The Giants (11-20) managed only five hits, two by shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Cueto hasn't missed a start despite dealing all season with a blister on his right middle finger.

Not that the Giants offense has fattened up in two games against those Reds pitchers here. Hamilton scored on Eugenio Suarez's single. The Yankees lead the interleague series 8-7 and won two of three games in their last visit to Cincinnati in 2011. In Ruggiano's first start he went 0-3, with one walk. Hunter Pence was 1 for 11. Tim Adleman (1-1, 4.22) starts against CC Sabathia (2-1, 5.45) on Tuesday. "We all know baseball can be contagious". It's everybody. There's no excuses. "But you can't say it's the starting pitching or the bullpen". "We had some guys who had a rough series". It comes down to making pitches, and I just didn't do that tonight. Not to knock their starters, but they found their groove against us.

I'm not saying it's time to blow up the team, but some definite changes have to be made soon. "He battled, kept us in the game, gave us what we needed". Yes, there is still a lot of time left in the season, but you can't just sit back hope things get better anymore.

Cueto, because he can not opt out of his contract now, will take the ball and hope to keep his blistered finger from heating up in Sunday's series finale. Still, the Giants need to be beating the teams that they should be beating, yet are not because all three facets of the game are not there every single game. "We're flat and our bats are cold". "I watch the MLB (Network) one time through".

Bochy noted that Cueto remained an animated presence in the dugout, cheering on his teammates. My teammates are my friends.

However, they are digging themselves such a hole that it's really hard to see them getting out of it at this point. "Right now, it's God's decision that we will be cold for awhile".

The Giants' 3.28 runs per game rank as the lowest in the NL.

The Giants have struggled in all aspects while dropping four of their last five games.

Santana, Lindor homer in 9th to beat Royals 3-1 KANSAS CITY, Mo. I'm thinking, 'Man, you're insane.' But getting to know him, it doesn't surprise me at all.

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