Lincecum Struggles, Giants Lose To Reds In Rout
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth career shutout, beating Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 11-0 Monday night for his first victory at AT&T Park and No. 100 with the Cincinnati Reds.
Arroyo (9-7) struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in his 15th career complete game, a 108-pitch gem that ended in 2 hours, 45 minutes. Derrick Robinson finished it with a tough catch in deep center.
Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo homered in the second inning off Lincecum, pitching for the first time since his no-hitter at San Diego.
Jay Bruce also hit a solo homer, Todd Frazier added a three-run double and Robinson, a late addition to the lineup, had three hits.
Lincecum (5-10) was roughed up in his first start since throwing his first career no-hitter in a 148-pitch performance July 13.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner received a rousing ovation during pregame introductions, then immediately struggled while pitching on eight days’ rest after tossing the 15th no-hitter in franchise history and seventh since the club moved West in 1958.
The Giants were handed their most lopsided shutout loss since getting beaten 11-0 by Arizona on Aug. 27, 2009.
Cincinnati denied Bruce Bochy his 1,500th career victory as a manager. He is trying to become the 21st skipper to reach the milestone. Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker are the only active managers with more victories.
Lincecum matched his career high by allowing three home runs, the third time he’s done it. He was tagged for eight runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings, hardly the way the right-hander wanted to perform after his gem at Petco Park.
Cincinnati opened an 11-game West Coast trip that takes the Reds to all three California NL West cities with an emphatic win against the defending World Series champions. San Francisco rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the NL division series last fall to stun the Reds — becoming the first team in major league history to rally from three games down in a best-of-five series with three straight road wins.
The teams will play a traditional doubleheader Tuesday in which the Reds will wear their Sunday home uniforms — white pants with red tops — as the visiting team and bat last in the nightcap, a makeup for a July 4 rainout at Great American Ball Park.
Choo began the game with a double and Robinson followed with a bunt single, then Frazier doubled three batters later. After Mesoraco led off the second with a homer and Choo connected two batters later, Bruce hit his team-leading 20th clout in the third.
San Francisco is winless in four games against the Reds this season.
NOTES: Lincecum has allowed 16 runs in the first inning this year. … The Giants will call up LHP Eric Surkamp to pitch Tuesday’s opener, his first start in the big leagues since Sept. 28, 2011, after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is from Cincinnati. … Baker improved to 17-14 as a visiting manager at AT&T Park (7-6 with the Cubs, 10-8 for the Reds). He departed as Giants skipper following an NL pennant in 2002. … The Reds lead the majors with 11 wins on Mondays. … Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong, who begins a rehab assignment Tuesday in the Arizona Rookie League after breaking bones in his right pinkie on May 20, turned 36.
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