Giants, Reds rained out with no makeup date set 

CINCINNATI — After losing nine of their past 10 games and having collected just seven hits in their past three games against the Cincinnati Reds, maybe a rain out was just what the Giants needed.

Thursday's scheduled finale never got going because of rain and was called after a wait of nearly 2½ hours.

Scheduling-wise, the rainout was not ideal for either team. The Reds and Giants have just one common day off, but using that as a makeup date would result in 34 straight games for both teams without a day off. Major League Baseball rules prohibit teams from playing more than 20 straight days without permission from the players' union.

"We've been kicking it around and kicking it around about which date would be optimal. There are none," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

A few options discussed are Aug. 29 at a neutral site in Coors Field on the only common day off for the two teams, Sept. 30 in Cincinnati, the day after the regular season concludes or possibly a split doubleheader at AT&T Park.

"The players' association has to approve the rescheduling," Bochy said.

Both managers planned to keep their starting rotations in turn, just pushed back a day after the rainout.

The slumping Giants offense will look to find new life when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to AT&T Park to open a three-game series tonight. But don't expect any major roster moves in the meantime.

Bochy said Thursday that bringing help up from the minors isn't a viable option, at least not yet, because Triple-A Fresno outfielders Gary Brown and Roger Kieschnick are not ready for the majors.

NEXT GAME

Giants vs. Dodgers

WHEN: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: AT&T Park

TV: KNTV, Ch. 11

RADIO: KNBR (680 AM)

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