Giants now homerless in 16 straight home games

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Forget about the splash hits in McCovey Cove; these Giants can’t even reach the cheap seats.

In getting shut out by the Rangers on Sunday, the Giants went without a homer in a 16th straight home game.

CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly points out that the Giants have gone 506 home at-bats without a homer since Gregor Blanco hit one on May 14.

It’s the longest streak by a major league team since the Astros went homerless in 16 straight games at the Astrodome in 1990. Two more homerless games at AT&T Park and the Giants will have the longest such streak since 1960.

Here are the longest streaks since 1950:

27 – 1955 Orioles
26 – 1951 Senators
18 – 1954 Senators
17 – 1976 Royals
17 – 1983 Indians
16 – 1955 Senators
16 – 1957 Pirates
16 – 1972 Cardinals
16 – 1983-84 Astros
16 – 1990 Astros
16 – 2012 Giants

While they’re not getting homers, the Giants have actually gone 10-6 during the streak.  They’re one of two teams on the list to have a winning record during their streak; the 1957 Pirates went 9-7.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.