Rough road: Last-place Giants delayed by bus breakdown

San Francisco Giants' Christian Arroyo reacts after striking out during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Los Angeles.

If the Giants are a Don Rickles punchline, the Mets are a Rodney Dangerfield bit. He was handed a huge early lead and made it pay.

There is no telling what level of dysfunction might rear itself when a three-game series between these two clubs begins on Monday.

The Giants are in danger of packing it in.

Left-hander Ty Blach became the first Giants pitcher to allow as many as 10 runs in one game since the San Diego Padres scored 10 in 5 1/3 innings against Jamey Wright during a 10-4 win at San Francisco on May 1, 2006.

"Getting beat like this two games in a row shouldn't happen", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The tragicomedy didn't end there.

Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News noted the staff bus picked up the players on the shoulder of the highway.

"It looked like we never got off the plane, the way we were playing", Bochy said. In two starts against them since being traded in 2015, he has given up 10 runs in 12 innings. The Giants inconsistent play was on display again this past week. With this team, it is hard to know where to point the first finger.

Cincinnati scored in each of the first five innings, including a six-run third inning. A shred of hope: Cueto's 2.98 ERA in 99 career starts here is the best by any starting pitcher in the ballpark's 15-year history. No wonder Bochy strained to tip his cap, and not out of poor sportsmanship. "I think we need to be honest". "I had him coming out after eight innings".

"Guys looked like they had trouble seeing the ball". They are not related. We're not doing our job offensively as well. Giants SS Brandon Crawford, on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain, will play six innings at Double-A Richmond on Monday. But the Giants sure can carry the stench of a bad loss into the next day.

Blach entered with a 2.55 ERA but threw fluff at the belt against a hot lineup in a hitter's yard. Countless hits bled through the left side on Friday and Saturday, when Eduardo Nuñez was struggling to cover ground at shortstop.

One of the biggest stories of the year has been the inability of the Reds starters to go more than three, four, or five innings.

Still, that bullpen has been overworked all season long, as the Reds have run a regular shuttle between Cincinnati and AAA Louisville to keep it stocked with fresh arms.

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.

  • Eleanor Harrison