Lowell Cohn: Now what? Ailing Giants flop against Dodgers again

  • San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margo)

Righthander Jake Peavy did reasonably well in his Giants’ debut on Sunday. But enough about him.

The Giants lost the third time in a row to the rival Dodgers, got swept. At home. They began the game in second place and, by virtue of the 4-3 loss, fell further behind the Dodgers – they now are a game and a half out of first place.

A game and a half, you may think, is no big deal. The Giants have six more games against the Dodgers and those games will decide a lot. But it’s never good to get hosed at home especially in front of the usual big crowd. If the Giants had won – they didn’t – they would have taken back possession of first place. They would have shown they can compete with L.A. And they would have played like champions, something they used to be.

None of the above.

If you don’t think Sunday’s game was important listen to what Bruce Bochy said before the game when asked if he needed a win: “I think it’s critical, there’s no getting around that.”

You read it here.

Here are a few numbers courtesy of Giants’ public relations to put things in perspective. At home, the Giants have won six of their past 25 games. That is stinko.

The Giants have won just one their last eight series at home. Stinko to the max.

Beginning in early June, the Giants have averaged fewer than three runs a game at home. Totally stinkerama.

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