Originally written on Seed Spitters  |  Last updated 6/27/13
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports by Nathan Mendelowitz The old saying, “winning isn’t everything” always gets thrown around during a rough streak in baseball. This is true for the most part since every single game is not important when you think of the entire season. Unfortunately, the San Francisco Giants don’t have that luxury and really needed a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night while losing in a way that has a plagued them all season. In the last seven games, the Giants are 1–6 and were just swept by the archrival Dodgers. To add insult to injury, the Marlins are one of the worst teams in baseball and the three wins by the Dodgers now puts them right on the heels of the Giants in the division. This win could have meant a lot of things for the Giants. Sure, it would only bring them to 2–5 in the last seven, but this win wouldn’t have been important for stats, but rather confidence. There’s no denying the Giants have not been playing great baseball in the month of June. But after getting swept by the Dodgers, they now go to Colorado where they only have one win in four games. The last series in Colorado was under very similar circumstances and it did not bode well for the team. After getting swept handily by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Giants won a tough game one and lost the final three, with the last two by a combined 13 runs. There are a few reason that add up to the Giants struggles but it’s in a very weird way. The Giants aren’t having problems hitting, it’s when they get the hits that matter. The Giants are actually the fourth best hitting team in the entire league with a team average of .272. The problem is, they’re scoring is fourteenth in the league and slugging is sixteenth. That’s a lot of base-hits and not a lot of runs scored. In fact, only thirty percent of all hits for the Giants are extra-base hits; the second lowest percentage in the national league. It was one thing when the Giants couldn’t hit homers, but now they can’t get the hit to score a run. Which leads to the problem of getting hits with runners in scoring position. The Giants didn’t have one until the ninth inning last night, but with only one out, they still could not get the runner home. A chance to get away from the no hits with runners on base, the Giants proved again they don’t know how to get that key hit. To put this in perspective, the Giants RBI leader Buster Posey is hitting .304 and second RBI leader Pablo Sandoval is hitting .397 with runners in scoring position. The next two RBI leaders, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt, are hitting .244 and .295 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Crawford isn’t faring any better hitting .177 with runners in scoring position and Andres Torres hitting only .222. If the Giants are going to have any chance in the land of runs in Colorado, they are going to need to step it up with runners on base. Lastly, going back to why the Giants needed this win, they needed it for the confidence. Losing three out of four to the Marlins is bad enough, but now with a crushing defeat by the Dodgers the Giants are running low on anything good. Getting at least a win last night could’ve brought some much needed momentum the Giants way. However, things did not work out and now it could make this road trip a winless one. Thankfully, there is a silver lining here. After a hand injury, Marco Scutaro is still as hot as he was before the injury. Also, being in Colorado, this could be the medicine Sandoval needs to get back to his old hitting ways. Still, last night was an important one, and the Giants let the win slip from their grasp. If the Giants continue to lose, you can look back the game that should’ve been the turning point.  
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