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Orange and Black Monday Inside Scoop

June 30th, 2014 at 8:29 AM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants are endearing a really rough stretch right now and have definitely hit rock bottom after getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds during a four-game series. The Giants were shutout for the second time this homestand and sixth overall this season, losing 4-0 to the Reds on Sunday.

It marked the first time in AT&T Park history that the Giants were swept in a four-game series and the Reds have owned 24 Willie Mays Plaza since 2010. Including the 2012 postseason, the Reds are 14-6 in San Francisco and recorded their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since 1972. The Reds reached the World Series that season.

It was the first time the Giants were swept at home during a four-game series since September 12-15, 1996 when they lost four straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sunday also marked the first time since April 18-12, 1985 that the Reds swept the Giants during a four-game series.

The Giants are 4-15 in their last 19 games and are now tied for first place in the National League West with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a 9.5 game lead in the NL West back on June 8 and the division is now up for grabs with 80 games left to go. The orange and black have been in first place since April 21.

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Tim Hudson pitched good enough for the win yesterday, going eight innings and allowing five hits and two runs. The only problem was Reds starter Homer Bailey was dominating the Giants and ended up throwing a complete game three-hitter. The Giants were 7-0 in Hudson's first seven starts at home this year and have dropped his last two at AT&T Park.

His record is 7-5 on the year and the Giants are 10-5 in his starts this year. Buster Posey managed to smack a hit on the day and has hit safely in 22 of 25 games this month. The Giants have scored 12 runs in their last seven games and are 21-10 in day games.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday that the team is planning to a use a closer-by-committee approach based on matchups with Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo. Romo blew his fifth save of the season on Saturday night.

The Giants are happy to see the month of June leave and have Monday off before opening the month of July up on Tuesday. They welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to town for a three-game series and the Giants are 8-9 versus the National League Central this year. 





Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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