Instant Replay: Lincecum roughed up by Reds, Giants lose 8-3

Instant Replay: Lincecum roughed up by Reds, Giants lose 8-3
June 3, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Tim Lincecum waits for a new baseball while Devin Mesoraco rounds the bases after his second inning home run. (AP)

BOX SCORE

It's been a while since the Giants have looked this sloppy.

Tim Lincecum allowed eight runs and the Giants committed a season-high four errors as the Giants lost 8-3 to the Reds.

The Giants have lost 11 of their last 12 regular season games at Great American Ballpark.

San Francisco still holds the best record in baseball, but this was a humbling game. Perhaps not since their nightmarish series in Toronto last season have they suffered a defensive meltdown of this magnitude.

From the moment Lincecum had Billy Hamilton picked off in the first inning -- only to have his throw sail past Joaquin Arias and into center field – the tone was set.


Starting pitching report
Lincecum's first inning ERA went up from 6.55 to 9.00 after he allowed four runs in the first on two doubles, a walk and a two-run homer by Devin Mesoraco.

Sweat dripped from Lincecum's hair as early as the first, and he blew on his fingers in an apparent attempt to keep them dry. He had the command of a pitcher whose hands were slippery. Lincecum walked three and four of the six hits he allowed went for extra bases.

Lincecum was knocked out of the game after just 4.1 innings. That marks the fourth time this year that he's failed to complete five innings.

The Giants haven't had much success outside the postseason at Great American Ballpark, and Lincecum continues to give up loud contact to Cincinnati. The last time Lincecum allowed eight runs in a game was July 22, 2013, against the Reds in a 9-0 loss at AT&T Park.  


Bullpen report
David Huff allowed two hits and no runs in 1.2 innings in relief of Lincecum. George Kontos allowed a walk and nothing else in two scoreless innings.


At the plate
It took less than five minutes for the Giants to surpass last year's hit total against Bailey. Hunter Pence hit a line drive homer to left in the first inning on a 94-mph fastball around the letters.  

The Giants scored on sacrifice flies in the second and third to come within a run, but that's all they'd get against the pitcher who no-hit them a year ago. Bailey allowed three runs and struck out seven over six innings, picking up his sixth win.

Pence was the main bright spot in this game for the Giants. He came a triple shy of the cycle and collected three of the Giants' five hits. The home run against Bailey was his eighth of the season.

Pablo Sandoval's hitting streak was snapped at 12 games.


In the field
One could blame Hamilton's speed for the Giants' poor defensive effort early on. But San Francisco found ways to make mistakes no matter who was hitting or attempting to steal.

Buster Posey made the team's second error, whiffing on a sharp grounder at first base in the fourth inning. That put runners on first and second in the fourth inning, but Angel Pagan picked up his teammate with a sliding catch in right-center.

The Giants would pay for their miscues in the fifth, when the Reds stole three bases and scored four runs.

When Hamilton and Jay Bruce stole second, they were allowed to advance to third on throwing errors by Hector Sanchez.

Brandon Phillips stole third without a throw because Lincecum wasn't paying attention.

Arias threw home on a slow grounder when he had no chance of getting an out. It wasn't an error on the scoreboard, but it was symbolic of the Giants' mental state in a game they'd like to forget.


Attendance
The announced paid attendance at Great American Ball Park was 27,152.


Up next
Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 3.45 ERA) and lefty Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.01) are scheduled to pitch on Wednesday evening, but heavy rain is in the forecast for Cincinnati. The NL Pitcher of the Month for May, Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 2.85), and right-hander Mike Leake (3-4, 2.92) will start on Thursday. If Wednesday's game is rained out, the teams could play a doubleheader on Thursday. Matt Cain (1-3, 3.66) is eligible to come off the disabled list for Friday night's game at AT&T Park against the Mets, who'll send Jon Niese (3-3, 2.69) to the mound. However, Cain's availability is yet to be determined.