Remember June 17? Russia and South Korea played to a 1-1 tie in the World Cup. ESPN talked non-stop about LeBron James' pending decision. The Giants and A's stood atop their leagues, each at 43-28.
The A's still sit on that perch, and if anything they're much stronger after poaching a pair of Cubs. The Giants? They're 5-12 since that day, and the skid gets much uglier if you extend further back. It gets uglier still if you just look at the past week-plus.
The Giants have been shut out four times in eight games. That's hard to do. They have scored 10 total runs in eight losses over the past 11 games. That's really hard to do.
"More than anything, it's just about getting back to who we were," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were a team that kind of kept the line moving, everybody was doing something to make a contribution."
And now? Bochy looks for reinforcements. He can see Marco Scutaro (1 for 3 for Fresno Monday night) on the way. Pablo Sandoval's elbow loosened up during the game tonight and he expects to play Tuesday.
"(Angel) Pagan's not far," Bochy said. "So we do have some help coming."
But they also just got some help in the form of Brandon Belt, and they're playing a team that lost major contributors in the rotation and the lineup and kept on chugging along. The Giants are waiting to get healthy, but you're rarely whole after opening day. It will be too late if you wait for reinforcements.
"We've got to figure out something to pick this up," Belt said. "Because we're better than this."
Belt missed most of the carnage over the past month. But the Giants have been shut out twice in four games since he returned. He admitted that it's a little bit stunning to see.
"We're putting a pretty good lineup out there, I think," Bochy said. "A lineup that shouldn't get shut out as much as we have the last couple weeks."
"We had a good game going on until all that happened, then things went awry there. Once that call got changed, then a couple hits later we're down three. Then it got ugly there in the seventh."
Bochy clarified that the home plate ump, Paul Nauert, overruled himself after seeing Josh Donaldson's hand.
"That could have happened in BP today," Bochy joked.