Here is the tiniest, slightest silver lining. Not even a lining, really. More like that thin net in your carryon bag that keeps all your clothes from getting jumbled as you roll it through the airport.
After Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter against the team that couldn't handle him but still beat the Reds last October, he was asked if this takes any of the sting out of that Game 3 loss.
"No," he said. "Not at all."
So there's that. But as several said in the just-got-no-hit clubhouse, it's time to look to tomorrow. So we won't look at the past either, even if it is a championship past. The 2012 Giants turned into the 2013 Giants, who were looking for a repeat with the same group but now have the worst record in baseball over a span of nearly two months. They're 16-29 since May 14 mostly because of an offense that hasn't scored more than five runs in 17 consecutive games. The Giants are averaging 2.4 runs per game during that stretch and Tuesday night they were no-hit.
"Hopefully this is rock bottom," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You hope this is as low as it gets."
That was the theme in the just-got-no-hit clubhouse. It can only get better, right? What do the Giants do tomorrow?
"Get some hits," Brandon Crawford said. "Get some hits. If we had an answer, we'd go out and do it. We'll come back tomorrow. It's disappointing, but personally I come in here every day like it's a new game. Sure, we'll do the same tomorrow."
This is a mentally strong group, something that was proven here in Cincinnati last October. The Giants have had their backs against the wall before and they have come out of it. This group has come out of it, and make no mistake about it, it's going to be this group that's around tomorrow and in the days to come. On the first day of this trip, general manager Brian Sabean said he needed to see improvements from within.
"We've got some internal things that should push this forward," Sabean said. "Whether that translates into wins or not, we're going to find out."
The Giants are 1-7 since Sabean said those words. And if you think opposing front offices were asking for the moon when Sabean first started calling about hitters, what are they going to ask for after watching the Giants get no-hit? It's up to this group to turn it around, and they don't need to hear it again at this point.
Bochy stuck around to watch the Reds celebrate and many of his players did the same. The manager was asked if he had a message for the just-got-no-hit clubhouse. Not this time, Bochy said.
"We've talked -- we've met," he said. "That's done. It's time for us to hopefully say enough is enough and come out of this."
Bailey was overpowering. He said he started thinking about a perfect game in the sixth inning, but then he walked Gregor Blanco in the seventh. Ryan Hanigan went to the mound with a message: "I told him to get more extension," he said. "So the ball runs true."
Hanigan wanted Bailey to stick to that overpowering four-seam fastball, and according to the great Brooks Baseball site, Bailey threw 68 of them, along with 16 two-seamers. Bailey threw 13 pitches in the ninth inning, 12 of which were fastballs. Eleven of those were at least 96 mph. The final four to Blanco were 97 mph.
"I kind of just looked at the glove and threw as hard as I could," he said. "It was probably all adrenaline."
Bailey explained that his plan was simply to stick with what was working, and none of the Giants looked like they were going to do much with the overpowering fastball.
"This is what I've done for six, seven innings," Bailey said. "You just have to have the attitude of 'I don't care, I'm coming after you.' "
Andres Torres had the best swing in the late innings, hitting a liner to center. But, Torres said, "Sometimes you've got to tip your cap. He threw amazing."
Said Crawford: "He's throwing 93 to 97 and can throw it to both sides of the plate. Anybody that has 93 to 97 and can throw to both sides is going to be effective. It doesn't matter what off-speed stuff he has. And he had good off-speed stuff."
Crawford grounded out to open the ninth and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats, but that slump hasn't robbed him of his sense of humor. The young shortstop was told about Bailey's plan to just look at the glove and let it rip in the late innings.
"I wish I knew that going into the at-bat," Crawford deadpanned.
"I had myself in a jam and threw a backup slider that just kind of sat there," he said.
Brandon Phillips hit it out and Lincecum was soon out of the game. Here's a pretty stunning stat from Andrew Baggarly: In Lincecum's last four starts, he has allowed five total runs in the first five innings (20 innings total). In the sixth innings of those starts, he has given up eight runs.