Here at MoreSplashHits, we like to try to find a silver lining out of even the more troubling Giants’ losses.
This one will be a challenge.
How are we supposed to overcome …
- The Giants were shut out by a team that ranks 30th in major leagues in shutouts. It was the Rockies’ third shutout of the season.
- That for the first time all season Tim Lincecum went into a start having the lower ERA of the two starting pitchers (Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood came in with 6.61 ERA). But the time the game ended, Lincecum’s ERA was higher of the two (Chatwood left with 5.06 ERA).
- The Giants’ Nos. 1-5 hitters went 0 for 18.
- For the first time since July 13, the Giants aren’t alone in first place in the NL West. They are tied with the Dodgers at 61-52.
- The loss meant the Giants have dropped eight of their last nine games at AT&T Park.
- They got shutout by a team they piled 35 runs on last weekend.
- The Giants are on a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings.
- The Giants haven’t had an extra base hit since Marco Scutaro’s grand slam on Wednesday.
It’s tough but here we go:
- For the fourth time in five starts, Tim Lincecum has posted a quality start. He dropped his ERA to a season-low 5.43.
Oh, man, I’ve got to do better that. The “season-low 5.43” is depressing.
- The Diamondbacks lost on Friday. They lost to the Nationals, who are riding a seven-game winning streak. The Nationals will be in San Francisco on Monday.
Yikes, that one started well enough but then …
- The Giants get Matt Cain on Saturday. The Giants celebrated Cain’s perfect game vs. the Astros on June 13. Since then, Cain has gone 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA. Since his perfecto, he’s given up earned runs totaling 3, 1, 5, 3, 1, 5, 3, 2, 5. So I guess he’s on track to give up three earned runs on Saturday? And in their last nine home games, the Giants have managed to score more than three runs just twice.
- Um, OK, how about the Giants bullpen extended its scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings with two more scoreless innings of work.
Sorry, it’s the best we can do.