Hitter-friendly parks have been anything but for the San Francisco Giants this season.
Through 10 combined games between the Great American Ballpark, Coors Field and Chase Field, the Giants have been outscored by a combined score 84-35.
Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds was the second time this season Bruce Bochy’s team was blanked despite playing in a venue that regularly plays host to high scores.
“This series kind of reminds you of that Colorado series,” Bochy told reporters, referring to when the Rockies swept the Giants. “Looks like we never got off the plane, the way we were playing. These things are hard to explain: Wish I had a magic button, but we better figure it out soon.”
Through the three-game set: Brandon Belt was hitless in 11 at-bats; Hunter Pence went 1-for-11; Joe Panik logged one hit in nine trips to the plate.
“I was disappointed today — thought we’d come out with more fire,” Bochy said. “I say it all the time: Unless you hit, you always look flat.”
On the other side, Billy Hamilton scored more runs himself (7) in the series than the Giants (5). The center fielder — and fastest player in baseball — went 7-for-13 with three walks and four extra-base hits. He also stole three bases.
Hamilton reached on a Christian Arroyo error in the bottom of the first inning, and eventually scored on a Eugenio Suarez single a couple hits later — setting the tone for the contest as the Reds scored another run in the frame to take an early 2-0 lead.
Other than a few innings, Giants starter Johnny Cueto was sharp, throwing seven innings while striking out 10.
Cueto, who played in Cincinnati for the better part of seven seasons, has had eight starts with double-digit strikeouts in the Reds’ home park — the most of any pitcher.
“Johnny was Johnny, he battled, kept us in the game, he gave us what we needed,” Bochy said.
Cueto was the last Reds pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout at Great American Ballpark until Bruce Feldman did it Sunday.
The Giants manager admitted the team is in a deep funk after falling to 11-21. They’ll look to turn things around today, when they play the first of a three-game set against the New York Mets.