Tony Cingrani is in the midst of an odd streak

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Reds starter Tony Cingrani allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings today in what was an otherwise boring game (aside from that odd double play in the second inning). Cingrani, though, only allowed five hits, continuing a trend in which he hasn’t allowed more than five hits in any of his 21 career starts. According to Sean Lahman, of database fame, that hasn’t been done in 100 years.

Cingrani, 24, has gone at least five innings in 16 of his 21 starts, so the lack of offense isn’t for a dearth of opportunities. The lefty has enjoyed plenty of success early in his career despite using his fastball for a higher percentage of his pitches than anyone else in baseball except for Bartolo Colon since the start of the 2013 season (min. 100 innings). Over 127 innings, Cingrani has a 2.83 ERA and 149 strikeouts.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.