As the Giants are learning, the search for rock bottom can be elusive. Homer Bailey's no-hitter was not their final indignity Tuesday night. As they were licking their wounds, they fell into last place in the National League West when the Dodgers won.

Now the Giants have sunk even deeper in their quest to find the floor of despair after they lost again Wednesday night, a 3-2, 11-inning defeat that in many ways was worse than the no-hitter because of how hard they worked before they were slugged in the teeth.

"I read this somewhere," Hunter Pence said. "If you're going through hell, keep going. That's how it feels right now."

Maybe the Giants should not keep going, at least Thursday. A big storm is forecast for Cincinnati, and they would be better off with a rainout than to play one more game away from home.

All the hitters who have done more damage to their self-esteem than to any pitcher could get a break and not face Cincinnati's hottest pitcher, Mike Leake and his 1.31 ERA over his past nine starts. The Giants could start fresh at home against the Dodgers, with Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner both pitching in the series.

But it's the Fourth of July, a sellout at Great American Ball Park is expected, so come hell or high water, the Reds will try to play.

If the Giants lose, they will complete the worst 10-game trip in franchise history. They have not had a 1-9 trip, although they did go 1-11 on a 12-gamer in 1956.

Bruce Bochy managed Wednesday as if it were a postseason game.