Losing 11-0 at home and dropping to eight games below .500 is pretty depressing for any baseball team, but when you’re the reigning World Series champs it’s especially unsettling. The San Francisco Giants got mauled by the Cincinnati Reds last night, but it’s the way they closed the game that was the most depressing.
With two outs in the 9th inning Jeff Francoeur — who was recently signed in an effort to breathe life into the Giants bench — hit a a hanging off-speed pitch from Bronson Arroyo to deep center field.
The baseball appeared destined to escape the confines of AT&T Park, ruin Arroyo’s complete game shutout and give the Giants the slightest sliver of hope — that is, until Derrick Robinson showed up.
The Reds center fielder timed his leap perfectly to rob Franceur of a home run and Giants fans from any faint possibility of happiness. Robinson even bobbled the ball — I assume to toy with the Giant faithful even further.
The catch secured Arroyo’s shutout and pushed the reigning World Series champions perilously close to the NL West basement.