In the wake of his club’s 14-2 thrashing at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds, Bruce Bochy was in no mood to discuss whether he felt the need to address his players regarding their recent performance.
“I’m not going to go into what I’m going to do. I’m not,” the San Francisco Giants’ manager told reporters after Saturday’s beating. “You know what? They’re men out there. Everybody should be upset at what’s going on.”
A night after Matt Cain allowed nine runs, Ty Blach surrendered 10, becoming the first Giants’ starter to accomplish that unenviable feat since 2006.
“It’s pretty much the same story as last night,” Bochy said. “When they don’t hit it hard, balls are going through or falling in and it’s a tough start for Ty.”
On his way to allowing 10 runs — eight earned — Blach was in trouble from the moment Billy Hamilton stepped into the box to lead off the first. The Reds’ center fielder tripled to begin the two-run opening frame. The hosts then added two more in the second before piling on six in the third.
While Blach became the latest Giants’ starter to implode — Matt Moore and Cain have also allowed at least eight runs during the current turn through the rotation — the offense continues to flail.
On a night Justin Ruggiano became the club’s seventh starting left fielder, the Giants produced five hits. Ruggiano, who was summoned from the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats earlier in the day to replace Drew Stubbs, went 0-for-3 with a walk in his Giants debut.
“Scoring three and two runs — we’ve got to start doing a better job here offensively,” Bochy said. “I mean, we had a couple of chances to get back in it. A couple little mistakes there. I mean, you get beat like this two games in a row. That shouldn’t happen.”