As the Giants hit a low in their 2013 season so far on Tuesday when Reds pitcher Homer Bailey no-hit them, Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani suddenly had a difficult act to follow -- in more ways than one.
Cingrani has assumed the injured Johnny Cueto's role in the rotation, and Wednesday will mark his eighth fill-in start for Cueto of the season, a total that spans three trips to the disabled list for Cincinnati's ace.
Cingrani has been solid for Reds manager Dusty Baker out of the rotation and in bullpen appearances this season. Baker said the back-and-forth between the rotation and bullpen doesn't faze Cingrani and that it's better than the alternative: the Minor Leagues.
"He's done both," Baker said of Cingrani, who was a closer when he attended Rice. "He came in as a closer, and that's happened to quite a few guys. Until they got into the rotation, they were long men, they were spot starters and they were up and down."
Cingrani, who has posted a 3-0 record and 3.42 ERA in 12 total appearances this season, agreed with Baker's assessment.
"It's just another day in the office," he said. "This is what they want me to do, so I'm glad to do it. It's just nice to be up here."
Cingrani said his arm is still stretched out enough to start despite not having done so since June 11. In his last relief appearance, Cingrani threw 83 pitches out of the bullpen.
Giants: Zito faces road demons again
Barry Zito takes the mound for the Giants on Wednesday hoping to get the club back on track after a 1-7 start to the road trip.
San Francisco's current road woes are parallel to those of Zito in 2013. The left-hander is 0-5 with a 10.41 ERA away from AT&T Park this season, and 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA at home.
He's had a rough go against the Reds in his career. He is 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA at Great American Ballpark and owns a 6.25 ERA against Cincinnati overall in his career.
Reds: Bailey puts his name in the record books again
Bailey's no-hitter Tuesday was the second of his career and the 16th in Reds history. He also was the last pitcher in the Majors to throw one, no-hitting the Pirates last September.
Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with multiple no-hitters, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer. Bailey will have the opportunity in his next start to equal Vander Meer's seemingly unreachable mark of twirling no-hitters in consecutive starts..
Including last year's National League Division Series Game 3, Bailey has allowed just one hit in his past 16 innings pitched against the Giants.
• San Francisco has lost consecutive games to begin July after finishing June with the worst record in the NL and second worst in the Majors at 10-17.
• Buster Posey is 0-for-6 in the series after being awarded NL Player of the Week honors for his production from last week. Posey entered the series 11-for-22 with three doubles, four home runs and six RBIs with a 1.182 slugging percentage and .560 on-base percentage through the first six games of the 10-game road trip.
Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.