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Tyler Beede optioned after Giants fall in series finale

Tyler Beede optioned after Giants fall in series finale

SAN DIEGO — Tyler Beede slowly buttoned up and tucked in a blue shirt and then reached down to tug on fancy brown shoes. In his locker hung a suit jacket. It was an outfit that was ready for a big league flight to the next city, but Beede won’t be on that flight. 

The rookie was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento after Sunday’s 10-1 loss to the Padres. The Giants likely will slide Jeff Samardzija back into the rotation at some point next week, but Bruce Bochy wouldn’t go as far as confirming that Sunday. His focus was on the loss, and on giving Beede some pointers as he headed back to the minors. 

“We think he needs to go down and continue to progress and work on some things we want him to work on,” Bochy said.

The Giants want Beede to execute better when he gets to two strikes, but they also want him to be a bit more cautious early in the count. Twice in the fourth inning, Beede gave up hits on first-strike pitches that caught too much of the zone. Bochy pointed out that the Padres have a young and aggressive lineup, and part of the maturation process for the young starter facing them is to know that. 

“It’s a four-game series and you’re watching the games, and hopefully you’re aware of that,” Bochy said. “Hitters are aggressive up here with men on base. That first pitch has to be a quality pitch, too.”

Beede was charged with five earned in 3 2/3 innings. In two starts, he lasted just 7 2/3 innings, but he said he would take away as many positives as he could. 

“From this start to the last start, there was a lot of improvement with fastball command and the same thing with off-speed pitches,” he said. “It’s really just about polishing some things later in the count … my stuff plays, it’s just a matter of being more polished later in the count.”

Beede will head down with an 0-1 record, but this one wasn’t close to all on him. The Giants went 0 for 8 with runners on scoring position. They struck out nine times in their first look at young lefty Joey Lucchesi. They played lackluster defense at times, making the kind of mistakes that made one wonder if some minds were already on the off day. 

The end result was a third straight loss, and yet another series loss here at Petco Park. Since the 2016 All-Star break, when the Giants appeared to be a juggernaut, they have played here six times. They have lost five series and split the other. 

“It’s disappointing,” Bochy said. “We’ve been nicked up with this pitching staff and it showed up a little (today).”

Johnny Cueto will return Tuesday and Samardzija could be back Saturday. But there are so many other leaks that won’t be filled by changes to the rotation. With three coming against the first place Diamondbacks and then three more against the surging Angels, the Giants would be well served to plug some of them soon. 

Giants drop third straight as Reds and Matt Harvey flirt with no-hitter

Giants drop third straight as Reds and Matt Harvey flirt with no-hitter

BOX SCORE

CINCINNATI -- Matt Harvey took a no-hit try into the sixth inning, Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera backed him with home runs and the Cincinnati Reds dominated Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants 7-1 on Saturday night.

Scooter Gennett had three hits for the second straight night and scored three runs, Peraza had two hits and scored twice and Brandon Dixon drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double. Cincinnati sent the Giants to their third straight loss after winning three in a row.

Harvey (6-7) didn't give up a hit until there were two outs in the sixth, when Joe Panik beat out a grounder that shortstop Peraza backhanded deep in the hole.

Harvey threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. He drew a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout, and improved to 6-5 in 17 starts for the Reds since being acquired from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8.

Bumgarner (4-5) turned in the worst of his 14 starts this season, setting season highs by allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings.

Peraza led off a three-run fourth with a line shot into the left field seats. Dixon capped the inning with a broken-bat blooper down the right field line.

The Reds added two runs in the fifth on Phillip Ervin's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Peraza scored from third and Gennett came around on center fielder Stephen Duggar's throwing error. Herrera led off the sixth with his third homer of the season.

The Giants scored their only run when the Reds couldn't complete a double play on Evan Longoria's bases-loaded grounder with one out in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: RHP Hunter Strickland was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The team saves leader with 13 was out since June 10 with a fractured right hand. INF Pablo Sandoval was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Sandoval has been out since July 30 with a strained right hamstring.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (4-8) allowed five runs in six innings of a 6-3 Reds win on May 16 in San Francisco.

Reds: After allowing one home run in five July starts, RHP Luis Castillo (6-10) has been roughed up for three in his two August outings.

Giants activate Hunter Strickland after missing two months

Giants activate Hunter Strickland after missing two months

The Giants re-instated reliever Hunter Strickland from the 60-day DL Saturday ahead of their game against the Reds.

In corresponding moves, Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day DL and Pablo Sandoval has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

Strickland missed the last two months with a fractured right hand after losing his temper in a blown save against the Marlins. After being taken out of a 5-4 loss at home, Strickland went into the dugout and punched a door with his throwing hand. 

The Giants could certainly use Strickland out of the bullpen in the thick of a playoff race. Strickland is 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA and has 13 saves on the season. 

On Friday night, the Giants lost in extra innings as Phillip Ervin took Ray Black deep in the 11th. The Giants (61-61) are seven games back in the NL West and 6.5 games back in the wild card race.