Giants making lots of news but not with bats, lose to lowly Reds again

CINCINNATI – The San Francisco Giants have been showcased in quite a few national headlines since arriving here.

Joc Pederson was slapped in the face by Tommy Pham over a fantasy football disagreement. Jake McGee was blocked from pitching because of a lineup card blunder. Gabe Kapler vowed to protest the country’s inactivity over gun laws by not taking the field for national anthems..

In the first two games of a 10-game trip, however, the Giants have done little to generate much attention. Especially their offense.

Six hits in Friday’s 5-1 loss to the last-place Cincinnati Reds, all singles. And then a 3-2 loss Saturday in which the visitors went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. They had plenty of hits, 12, but not when it counted most.

The Giants’ runs came on Joc Pederson’s RBI double and Evan Longoria’s homer. Mostly, it was missed opportunities. Tommy La Stella opened the game with a double and was stranded, and the bases were loaded in the second for Curt Casali and La Stella, neither of whom delivered.

Another opportunity was wasted in the ninth. Casali opened with a single, and Joey Bart ran for him. But La Stella struck out, and after Mike Yastrzemski walked, Darin Ruf also K’d. Wilmer Flores lined a single to right field, and Aristides Aquino threw out Bart at the plate by a wide margin.

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