The San Francisco Giants dropped their fifth game in a row Monday night and were shutout for the second time in three games, losing 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants have been shutout 12 times this year and nine of them have occurred at home. The orange and black now trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games in the National League West.
The Giants have lost 20 of their last 26 home games and are now 28-29 at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner took the loss after allowing six hits and five runs in four innings. His record now stands at 12-8 and the Giants are 13-10 in his starts this season.
Bumgarner has struggled at home this year for some reason, showcasing a 4-6 record with a 5.60 ERA in 11 starts, compared to a 8-2 mark on the road with a 1.75 ERA in 12 starts. The Giants are 29-25 this year versus opponents with a record above .500.
Michael Morse has struggled hitting the long ball at home and has not homered at 24 Willie Mays Plaza since May 15th. He is homerless in his last 38 home games and has one homer run since June 5th.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Belt is feeling better and will resume exercising Tuesday after passing a concussion test Monday. Bochy said it's a possibility Belt could return to the team during it's upcoming 10-game road trip.
Bochy also said Angel Pagan is making progress with his back injury and will take part in a full pregame routine in Arizona on Tuesday. If all goes well, the team will set a start date for his rehab assignment and he could rejoin the team at some point during the road trip.
Bochy said catcher Andrew Susac will likely make his major league debut Wednesday afternoon in the series finale. Entering Tuesday's game, the Giants have sold out AT&T Park in 303 consecutive games, the longest streak in the Majors.
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