SAN FRANCISCO — The latest loss came with some controversy.
The Braves scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning when Brandon Belt was ruled to have inched off first base on what would have been the third out of the inning. Belt was adamant that he stayed on the bag and a replay appeared to show that he did, but after two minutes and four seconds of looking, the umpires in New York upheld the original call.
The 2-1 loss to the Braves was the 11th in a row, the franchise's longest streak since 1951. The Giants are still looking for their first victory of September. It is as bad as it sounds. Anyway, here's what else happened Wednesday at AT&T Park ...
—- Derek Holland has quietly been one of the best lefties in the National League. He gave up fewer than three runs for the sixth consecutive start, lowering his ERA to 3.46. That ranks 12th among qualified NL starters and third among lefties. Holland had a shutout going until the sixth, when Ozzie Albies doubled with one out and cruised home on Freddie Freeman’s bouncer up the middle.
—- The Giants had a shot to hand a lead over to the bullpen in the sixth. Nick Hundley singled, took second on a grounder and third on a wild pitch. But Hunter Pence popped up to first, ending the inning.
—- An inning later, they had one of their more creative failures. With a runner on first, Alen Hanson bunted and pitcher Jesse Biddle threw the ball down the right field line. But Hanson was out after the umpire ruled he attempted to advance to second, Belt struck out, and Brandon Crawford was robbed of the go-ahead single by Albies.
—- Tony Watson had one of the best escape acts of the season in the top of the seventh. Reyes Moronta, pitching for the first time in eight days, loaded the bases with no outs. Watson entered and got Adam Duvall to pop up before striking out Ronald Acuña Jr. Albies grounded out to short and Watson walked off to a standing ovation.