Left-hander Mike Kickham will pitch out of the Giants’ bullpen for now. San Francisco moved the rookie out of the rotation on Tuesday, a day after he had another rough outing. Kickham lasted only 2 2-3 innings in an 8-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, allowing seven runs.
Todd Frazier had an RBI single and a three-run homer off left-hander Mike Kickham (0-3), who has been hit hard in each of his three major league starts.
Los Angeles handed the defending World Series champions their third loss in a row and eighth in 11 games, dropping them under .500 for the first time since losing to the Dodgers on opening day.
Mike Kickham is hoping his second major league start will be significantly better than the first. The left-hander matches up with another rookie starter in Stephen Fife on Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The San Francisco Giants optioned left-hander Mike Kickham back to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, a day after he made his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics.
Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in the second, Jarrod Parker pitched seven strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
With an injury disrupting the San Francisco Giants’ rotation, they’ll have to rely on a rookie left-hander in his first big league start. San Francisco hopes starter Mike Kickham can help it rebound Tuesday night after a 4-1 loss in Oakland on Monday.