Here is the opening to my Monday column about the Giants’ 6-4 loss to the Cardinals:

SAN FRANCISCO — Let’s be honest about this. The Giants did not play well against the Cardinals in the first game of the National League Championship Series. They scored in only one inning, and their starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner wasn’t so hot — he hasn’t been hot for a while.

People will analyze and reanalyze this loss, looking for meanings and trends. Like this trend: For the second series in a row, the Giants gave up home-field advantage by losing the first game at home, something they never did in any series in 2010, their World Series season.

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