Update (6:45 PM ET): The Giants lost 2-1 to the Braves on Wednesday afternoon, running their losing streak to 11 games. That’s their longest streak since 1951 when the club was still in New York.
The Giants lost again on Tuesday night, falling to the Braves 4-1. It marked their 10th consecutive loss. The Giants hadn’t lost 10 consecutive games since June 21-30, 1996.
The team record is 13 straight losses, set by the New York Giants between August 9-20, 1944, according to Baseball Reference. The New York Giants also twice lost 11 consecutive games between September 11-19, 1940 and April 19-29, 1951. The only other time it had lost 10 in a row was June 20-30, 1985.
During the Giants’ current 10-game skid, which started on September 1, the offense has been held to three or fewer runs in nine games. The pitching hasn’t been great, but the offense has fallen completely flat, batting .190/.226/.313 with 115 strikeouts in 348 plate appearances over the length of the streak.
The Braves are currently attempting to go for the sweep. Aníbal Sánchez is opposing Derek Holland on the mound. After their series with the Braves, the Giants host the Rockies before going out on their final road trip of the season against the Padres and Cardinals. They will finish out the season at home against the Padres and Dodgers. It’s safe to say that this has been a forgettable season for the Giants.
On Sunday, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles spoke to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star. Giles said, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston.” Giles won a World Series with the Astros last year, but talked about communication issues with the Astros and compared them unfavorably to the Blue Jays. Giles described the communication as having been “lost” and credited the Jays for staying patient with him.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch responded to Giles’ comments on Monday. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hinch said:
I think he’s wrong and I’m disappointed that he would go down that path given how much work and time and energy and communication that our front office, our coaching staff, me, we all went through this with him. And I understand, there was some disappointment in his tenure as an Astro because of the turbulent way things went about. We gave him every opportunity, we communicated with him effectively, we have an incredible culture where every single player will tell you it’s one of the best cultures they’ve had, one of the best communication envrionments they’ve had. They all know their roles. They all know their situations. To have one person out of all the guys in our clubhouse come out and claim otherwise is flat wrong.
While Giles certainly could be embellishing or deliberately misconstruing his time there, Hinch’s rebuttal doesn’t actually disqualify anything Giles said. Giles certainly could have had a negative experience in Houston even if everyone else was enjoying the “incredible culture” and “one of the best communication environments.”
Given how the Astros — including Hinch — responded to criticism about their acquiring an accused domestic abuser, they’re not in the best position to boast about an “incredible culture” anyway.
At any rate, this is a he-said, he-said situation. If anything more comes of it, it will be Giles further torching a bridge.