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.

To read the full column, please click here.

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  1. KauaiRobert

    Not a great day for Bay Area sports. :(

    October 15th, 2012 11:55 am

  2. lameduck

    I’m beginning to hear a little too much Charlie Manuel in his interviews. And that isn’t a bad comparison. I just had a vision of Bobby Valentine in Orange and Black so I know I need to take a break.

    October 15th, 2012 12:15 pm

  3. Johnc

    After what happened to the funeral procession with the Reds turning into a kegger party, you have to agree that every game is unique.
    One thing that seems to be consistent though from game to game is the Cardinal hitting lead by Beltran. (the one that Sabean let get away )

    October 15th, 2012 1:09 pm

  4. chris

    Lowell I think you’re being way too negative about the Giants, and that question you asked Bochy about if this was a devasting loss clearly annoyed him. Sure they lost the game and only scored in one inning, but they showed some fight in them by coming back with 4 runs right after the Cardinals scored 4 runs. And game 2 is going there way as I write this so I think you can relax a bit concerning the Giants Lowell. This is going to be a great series.

    October 15th, 2012 7:03 pm

  5. CohnZohn

    Chris, It didn’t annoy him at all. It allowed him to explain himself. Of course I knew the loss wasn’t devastating.

    October 15th, 2012 7:06 pm

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