In the first game, Cain allowed nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings. He did not factor in the decision in his last start on April 30, despite throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks in a 5-2 loss to the Padres.
In most instances, the decision for Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price would have been easy. The Reds proved that Sunday with a surprising move, optioning the starter who has been their best in the first weeks, rookie Amir Garrett (3-2, 4.25 ERA), to Triple-A Louisville.
The Giants are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games, 16-6 in Cuetos last 22 road starts and 28-11 in Cuetos last 39 starts.
The Reds are putting rebuilding aside, for the moment, and are playing as well as any team in baseball heading into Monday's opener of a two-game series against the New York Yankees. Luckily for the Giants, Cueto ended the awful pitching trend, allowing four runs, two earned through seven innings, but it was not enough.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat in his office at Great American Ball Park on Friday afternoon and reminisced about the 2012 National League Division Series when his team rallied from a two-games-to-none deficit to beat the Reds en route to their second of three World Series titles. "We had a lot of good at-bats".
Next week presents an interesting road series in NY against the Mets followed by a four-game home series against the Cincinnati Reds, a series the Giants should take personal after this past weekend's showing. The 35-year-old Ruggiano went 0 for 3 with a walk. Hamilton reached on Arroyo's error, and with Cueto quickening his delivery, the Reds followed with three singles to take a 2-0 lead.
Bochy said last week that he felt the Giants rotation was turning a corner.
A dropped routine fly ball by Kivlehan in right field led to two runs by the Giants in the second to briefly tie the score. Scott Schebler dingered, too, while Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett also knocked in a run a piece. "When I got behind, I wasn't able to execute the pitches I needed to get out of it". Nine of Cincinnati's hits went for extra bases. It was Cozart's second home run this season.
The Giants are still without shortstop Brandon Crawford who's eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday but is still recovering from a right groin strain. "He said, 'That's why I've been in the big leagues as long as I have been.' I kind of took that to heart".
Thirty three years ago, Tom Browning pitched 189 1/3 innings in his final season in the minors. Even at an NL-worst 11-20, they are outperforming their Pythagorean record. His ERA leaped from 2.55 to 5.66.