Logan Webb got another dose of a Caining, that’s a lack of run support named after former and FOREVER GIANT Matt Cain. Last night the Reds beat the Giants 4-1 because:
The Giants could not solve Hunter Greene and the Cincy bullpen
The Reds pitchers were just very good, better than the Giants hitters and pitchers
Take your pick on the interpretation but in the end the Giants lost a chance to sweep a Reds team in the fight for a Wild Card berth in the National League postseason.
Logan Webb pitched very well, allowing two runs in six innings against a hungry and angry Reds team in need of a win. This game was the 15th time in his young Giants career that the boys scored one run or less for him. It’s a pattern and it is eerily similar to the terrible tendency of low run support Matt Cain had to pitch with during most of his Giants tenure.
Walker, Taylor Rogers, Tyler Rogers and Jackson were the four relievers to come into the game after Webb’s exit. Webb threw 94 pitches in his six innings and struck out six Reds against zero walks. The game was scoreless till Cincy plated two runs in the top of the sixth and the Giants answered with their run in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Rogers surrendered two runs in the 8th to make the pitcher’s duel go up in smoke and effectively erase any chance the Giants had on this night, to come back.
Once again the Giants lone run came courtesy of a wild pickoff attempt. Translation: The Giants are not scoring many runs thanks to hits in their past two games. That the hometown heroes won two of three is a big deal, however. It means the Giants own the tiebreaker in the event both teams finish with the same record.
The Giants are now 69-64. Thanks to another ass-whooping the DBacks suffered at the hands of the Dodgers (24-4 in August!) last night, the Giants now lead Arizona by 1.5 games in the Wild Card race.
In other news Yaz came back form another injury and went 0-2. Luis Matos was sent back to Sacramento.