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Giants Bats Silenced, Loss to Braves Extends Losing Streak to Four

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    Giants Bats Silenced, Loss to Braves Extends Losing Streak to Four
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    Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 26, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

    SAN FRANCISCO — The return to AT&T Park was a huge boost to Matt Cain, who has wild home-road splits this season, but it did predictable things to an already-limp Giants offense.

    The Giants entered the night as the lowest-scoring team in the National League and they got blanked 2-0 by Jaime Garcia and the Braves. Garcia out-dueled Cain and provided the only offense of the night, as well. The Giants have dropped five of six.

    Here are five things to know from AT&T Park, where they keep having Star Wars Night but they’ve never once celebrated Super Troopers …

    --- Cain entered the seventh with a 0.94 ERA at home this season, but the opposing pitcher busted him. With one on and two outs, the Giants intentionally walked Dansby Swanson to get to Garcia, a career .145 hitter. He bounced a single into shallow left and it looked like Brandon Belt had a play at the plate, but his throw home hit the runner. That allowed Swanson to race home for a 2-0 lead.

    --- Cain’s final line: seven innings, one earned run, one walk, three strikeouts. Yep, that’s a Caining.

    --- Justin Ruggiano is here for the opportunity he was given in the sixth. Ruggiano has always crushed lefties, and Bruce Bochy put him behind Buster Posey on Friday night. The Braves intentionally walked Posey to load the bases for Ruggiano, who grounded out to third. Even the platoon splits are failing the Giants.

    --- If you need a little perspective on Christian Arroyo’s struggles, look across the field. Swanson, the former No. 1 overall pick, is batting .198. The shortstop slashed .302/.361/.442 as a rookie but his numbers are way down across the board, and he’s nearly two years older than Arroyo. These things take time. Having said that, Arroyo’s hole is pretty deep. He’s hitless in his last 21 at-bats after an 0 for 3.

    --- There were three no-pitch intentional walks. I hope you used the extra ninety seconds wisely.

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