The Giants suffered a double whammy last night, getting absolutely demolished by the Reds (11-0) on the same night the Dodgers moved into first place in the NL West. I have no way to prove this, but I’m sure there haven’t been many follow-ups to a no-hitter that were as bad as Lincecum’s last night. He got into trouble in the first, but was one strike away from getting out of the jam unscathed. Instead, Todd Frazier doubled in three runs and the game was never close again. Timmy’s final line: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, and a whopping 3 HR, although George Kontos helped make sure the runners Lincecum gave him in the 4th came around to score as well. Kontos allowed 7 H and 3 ER in 3.1 IP to make sure the game was out of reach.
What a crazy two starts for Lincecum. One minute the guy is the toast of the town. He’s all over the national news. Stories of his resurrection and return to stardom are being pumped out by every (clueless) major sportswriter. His general manager goes on the airwaves to dispel any rumors of his trading, and fans are all of a sudden dying to keep him in San Francisco forever. Ten days later, he’s serving up beach balls to Cincinnati hitters, who made AT&T Park look like anything but a pitcher-friendly venue.
After the no-hitter, I said that I thought it would still take something unexpected for Lincecum to be a Giant next season. Games like last night are the exact reason why. The Giants absolutely need to win games at this point, yet he gets shelled on his home field. The writers at CBS can talk all they want about Tim “Cy Young” Lincecum finding his new way as finesse pitcher, but most knowledgeable fans know it’s going to take more than a no-hitter to undo two years of subpar pitching.
A few thoughts on this one:
Unfortunately, the Freak could have allowed one run on this night and he would’ve taken a loss all the same, as the offense was again nowhere to be found. Zero runs and 11 runners left on base. Right now, Posey is literally the only hitter of the group that isn’t replaceable, and that’s sad. The Giants continue to hit singles, but cannot drive in runs. Bronson Arroyo tossed a shutout to earn his first career victory at AT&T. Man, I don’t like that guy.
Prior to the season, I thought Shin-Soo Choo would have been a great addition to the outfield, but the Giants really didn’t show any interest. He’s a free agent at the end of the season, and he’s 31 years old. Maybe that’s why we stayed away. The Reds decided he fit into their plans, and he’s batting .294 with 14 HR as the leadoff hitter this season.
While the Dbacks continue to squander opportunities against lineups that include Cody Ransom and Cole Gillespie, the Dodgers pounded Toronto to move into first place. To be honest, I don’t think Arizona has what it takes, and Magic’s big spenders are continuing to get better. Meanwhile, the Giants lost only a half-game in the standings. They’re now 6 games back.
Tonight’s double-header couldn’t come at a worse time for the Giants, but they really don’t have anyone to blame but themselves. Eric Surkamp makes his return to the big leagues in game one. I’m very happy for the guy, but this definitely isn’t an ideal situation to be in. Let’s hope the Reds don’t do to him what they did to Kickham in Cincinnati a few weeks ago.