Giants match worst record through 72 games after getting embarrassed by Braves

ATLANTA – Oh, how the Giants could have wailed over the injustice in the second inning Monday night.

Brandon Belt slid into second base one full beat ahead of the ball. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson held the tag, as infielders are taught to do now that the camera angles matter. Even when Belt’s front foot popped up, his back knee and cleat held fast to the dirt-covered base. Umpire Brian O’Nora peered in and pumped an out call. A replay review did not overturn it, citing a lack of conclusive evidence.

Instant replay both created a problem and then inexplicably failed to remedy it.

But what is the point? Why complain about the brandy selection while the luxury liner is listing? The Giants offense returned to sea level and took underwater swings at R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, and even if they had managed to grab a lead, the bullpen appeared ill equipped to hold it while splintering apart in the eighth inning of a 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

It was the Giants’ first game in the suburban sprawl at Sun Trust Park. Maybe next time they will score their first run.

The Giants have lost seven consecutive games and at 26-46, they have matched their worst record through 72 games in the club’s San Francisco era. The 1985 and 1973 teams also won just 26 of their first 72 games.

If these Giants were to scrimmage Jimmy Davenport’s squad or that Charlie Fox-managed team, here’s guessing it wouldn’t go well for them.

The Braves scored the only one they would require in the third inning, when Ender Inciarte doubled home Johan Camargo from first base. It would have taken a perfect relay to get him. The Giants did not make a perfect relay.

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Manager Bruce Bochy and the players talk of turning around their season by playing cleaner, more fundamentally sound games. It’s the little things, you know.

Their lack of offense is a big thing. It is blotting out everything else.

Dickey gave up hits to the first two batters he faced. The Giants had runners at the corners with no outs. Their middle-of-the-order hitters followed with this: Brandon Crawford popped to short, Buster Posey struck out and Hunter Pence popped to short.

Dickey gave up just one other hit in seven shutout innings, and Belt recorded it before he was thrown out trying to stretch his single in the second.

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