SAN FRANCISCO — How bad are things getting for the Giants anemic offense?
Even the Atlanta Braves are tossing shutouts against them.
With a 2-0 loss to the Braves at AT&T Park Friday night, the Giants offense is officially the worst in all of Major League Baseball, averaging 3.32 runs per game after producing just six runs in their last four games.
Friday’s shutout was the first thrown by the Braves pitching staff this season, a group that entered the game with the fifth-highest ERA (4.70) in the National League. The Giants (20-30) current funk is particularly frustrating considering that the offense produced 37 runs in eight games before going cold in Chicago this week.
“I thought we’d come home and get some rips in tonight,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Didn’t happen.”
The fifth shutout pitched against the Giants this season spoiled another strong home start from Matt Cain (3-3), who probably wants to erase the name Jaimie Garcia (2-3) from his memory for the time being. Garcia didn’t just silence the Giants bats, he drove in the winning run after Cain issued an intentional walk to shortstop Dansby Swanson with two outs and a runner on second in the top of the seventh.
Instead of being a routine out, the left-handed pitcher managed to squeak a ground ball past an outstretched Brandon Crawford into left, bringing in Tyler Flowers from second. Swanson also scored on the play after Brandon Belt’s off-target throw from left bounced off Flowers left leg and trickled toward the Braves dugout. Belt was…
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