San Francisco Giants short on firepower during play-off push

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San Francisco Giants have been dwarfed by their National League West division rivals Los Angeles Dodgers in the past week and have lost their batting firepower which had seen them top the division.

The 2012 World Series Champions have lost six games in a row, their joint-worst run this season, after falling 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the AT&T Park.

It appears the Giants have not shaken off their harrowing home series whitewash against the Dodgers last weekend when they were outscored over the three defeats 17-4.

They now sit three games behind the Dodgers in the league, who have won four in a row, and are particularly struggling at AT&T Park. 

Yesterday’s defeat notched up five consecutive losses at their home ground which was greeted by boos from the fans who have grown accustomed to much greater things.

But the fans' frustration goes back further than just the past week.

According to the Giants have lost 21 of their last 27 home encounters and are on their worst run at AT&T since 2000.

The finger of blame is being pointed at the Giants batters. The runs and more importantly the successful hits have simply dried up.

Six runs from their last six defeats tells its own story and it was the same again last night.

The Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson was doing a solid job at his end with three runs conceded off seven innings pitched while the Giants batters stuttered.

Michael Morse provided the Giants only run with a homer in the second inning but the rest ended the night scoreless against the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano, who took the game-winning decision for his third win in 2014.

The starting pitcher threw superbly, striking out 11 batters in his seven innings while conceding just four hits, including Morse’s homer.

The Giants may look to trade opportunities with the deadline closing tomorrow but options could be few and far between with Bruce Bochy looking to hold on to his star bullpen.

It might be a case of having to sit through the dark times and wait for the good times to return.

The Giants are currently missing experienced hitters from their starting line-up in the shape of first baseman Brandon Belt, centre fielder Angel Pagan and catcher Hector Sanchez.

A weakened offence has left Bochy short of options which has had a detrimental effect over the past couple of weeks.

Belt Pagan and Sanchez are all expected to return within the next two weeks and the fans will help they can pick up the runs to recharge the San Francisco play-off push in August.

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