In­creas­ingly hard to find sil­ver lin­ing

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BASEBALL - By Henry Schul­man Henry Schul­man is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: hschul­man@sfchron­i­

The Giants have reached a point at which there is very lit­tle to ask and even less to say.

“Things haven’t worked out for us. It’s frus­trat­ing for ev­ery­body,” Madi­son Bum­gar­ner said Saturday af­ter a stul­ti­fy­ing 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The most re­deem­ing qual­ity of this de­feat for the Giants was its brevity.

The Giants needed only 2 hours, 32 min­utes to get two hits and lose for the 93rd time, to a team that has ev­ery­thing go­ing for it.

Zack Greinke, who is prep­ping for an ex­pected Oct. 4 start in the Na­tional League Wild Card Game, held the Giants to sin­gles by Joe Panik in the first in­ning and Bran­don Craw­ford in the fifth.

Greinke hit two dou­bles, which means he had twice as many to­tal bases as the Giants.

Af­ter scor­ing eight runs to beat the Dodgers to start this eight-game home­s­tand, the Giants have to­taled six dur­ing their lat­est four-game los­ing streak.

They stand 57-93, two games clear of the Phillies for the worst record in the ma­jors and next year’s No. 1 over­all draft pick. Only six wins in their fi­nal 12 games will spare the Giants from 100 losses. For con­text, they have just six wins in their past 22.

The Diamondbacks’ vic­tory left the Dodgers’ magic num­ber for clinch­ing the di­vi­sion at five.

Man­ager Bruce Bochy’s postgame news con­fer­ences are rife with ques­tions about sil­ver lin­ings. Saturday’s was Bum­gar­ner, who al­lowed a two-run Paul Gold­schmidt homer in the first in­ning, the game’s only runs, then com­pleted seven in­nings.

Bum­gar­ner made his 16th start of a sea­son ab­bre­vi­ated by his dirt-bike ac­ci­dent. That he could smother a re­ally good of­fense for the fi­nal six in­nings while look­ing healthy and strong was a good omen for 2018.

That sure beats think­ing about the Giants’ 3-13 record in Bum­gar­ner’s starts, de­spite his 3.48 ERA

“I think you have to look at the ac­ci­dent and how his sea­son was,” Bochy said. “He’s back pitch­ing, not show­ing any ef­fects of the ac­ci­dent, pitch­ing like he did be­fore. Some­times it’s hard to find sil­ver lin­ings in a year like this.”

They are even more dif­fi­cult to de­tect on a night when the guy in a 2-for-57 slump took the two best swings of the night.

Pablo San­doval, start­ing at first base, fol­lowed Craw­ford’s lead­off sin­gle in the fifth with a drive into the left-cen­ter gap that looked like two bases off the bat. But left fielder David Per­alta filled the gap with a run­ning, back­hand catch that sent him tum­bling to the grass af­ter he snared it.

Mac Wil­liamson, play­ing right field for an in­jured Hunter Pence, reached to start the sixth in­ning on a two-base throw­ing er­ror by rookie short­stop Kristo­pher Ne­gron. Wil­liamson did not budge and was stranded.

Greinke com­pleted eight in­nings for his 17th win. He has al­lowed a to­tal of three earned runs over his past four starts, cov­er­ing 28 in­nings.

Arizona’s of­fense gets a lot of ink, as it should. Gold­schmidt has 35 homers — five against the Giants — and J.D. Martinez has 39, 23 of them in less than two months since the Diamondbacks got him from Detroit.

The Dodgers have a good of­fense, too. If they face Arizona in the Di­vi­sion Se­ries, a real pos­si­bil­ity, the in­trigue will be on the mound, where the Diamondbacks can hang with L.A.

“Their ro­ta­tion is re­ally good,” Bochy said. “You look at how they’re deal­ing.”

Clay­ton Ker­shaw vs. Rob­bie Ray in Game 1? Yu Darvish vs. Tai­juan Walker or Pa­trick Corbin in Game 2? Alex Wood or Rich Hill vs. Greinke in Game 3, five days af­ter his pre­sumed start in the Wild Card game?

It sounds like ap­point­ment TV.

Thearon W. Hen­der­son / Getty Images

The Giants’ 93rd loss in­cluded eight strike­outs against Zack Greinke, in­clud­ing one by Jar­rett Parker in the sixth in­ning.


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