Posted July 06, 2013

Reeling Giants shrink further in blowout loss to Dodgers

San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain gave up eight runs in 75 pitches through 2 and 1/3 innings against the Dodgers. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Matt Cain gave up eight runs in 75 pitches through 2 and 1/3 innings against the Dodgers. (John Heffi/Getty Images)

Rock bottom?

Yes, being no-hit by Homer Bailey on Tuesday was bad. Losing 3-2 in 11 innings to the Reds on Wednesday — the last game of a disastrous 1-8 road trip — was excruciating. On Friday, though, the Giants reached a new low with their 10-2 loss to the surging Dodgers. It was San Francisco’s 10th loss in 11 games, and their seventh in eight games in which they failed to score more than two runs. The defending champs are now tied for last place with the Padres in the NL West, and they are in trouble.

Nothing can stop the team’s terrible slide—not even Dodger-killer Matt Cain, who entered Friday night’s game 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Dodgers, but was absolutely rocked for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings. Cain’s night came to an end with this bases clearing triple  from Juan Uribe, who drove in seven runs on the night and finished just a single shy of the cycle.

It’s been an up-and-down season for Cain, and he had his worst start of the season on Friday. Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito have all been disappointments this year — but it’s the Giants’ offense that deserves much of the blame for the team’s struggles, and on Friday they managed just one extra base hit against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the L.A. bullpen.

It’s been a nightmare stretch for the Giants, who have now dropped four straight and 12 of 14. During their road swing that began on June 24 in Chavez Ravine (they were swept by the Dodgers), they were not only no-hit by Bailey, but also fell twice in heartbreaking walk-off defeats, lost Angel Pagan for the season, and slid to last in the division. Now they have to play two more big home games against one of the hottest teams in baseball — they face Stephen Fife on Saturday and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. Then the Mets’ Matt Harvey comes to town on Monday.

It doesn’t get any easier for the reeling Giants.


The front office did nothing in the offseason to improve this team; they did raise ticket prices to some of the highest levels in major league baseball.  But of course San Francisco, to quote the great Larry Baer, "is a small market town."  With more billionaires within a thirty minute drive than anywhere on earth.

This is a cheap franchise that ignored the best from Cuban and Japan when any organization trying to build long term should have been buying (like other "small market teams--the A's, the Reds, the Rangers!).

Now the 3rd baseman looks like he's eaten a moose, the bullpen is composed of arsonists with exception of Romo and Lopez, and god knows who is playing left field tonight with a bus ticket to Fresno sticking out of his back pocket.

Sabean and Baer must be so proud.  Have any of you ever seen a championship team become the good ol' days faster?



@DavidHarte2011 was pretty dismal as well. Huff's bat fell off the face of the earth, the cagey vets from 2010 all got old, and they retooled the team.

Your points about Japan and Cuba are salient though. That preseason platoon of Blanco/Torres in LF was never gonna set the world on fire. We were counting on good, full years from Pagan, Scutaro, and Sandoval. We didn't get any. And the pitchers have had the league catch up to them.

Coulda signed Puig. Could still go get Willingham or some other LF option so it's not a black hole where offense goes to die. We have the money. Just sayin'.

 Or we could bring up Kieschnick and see if he can hit. What else do we have to lose?