Athletics manager Bob Melvin issued a pregame message to his slumping team to grind out at-bats rather look for home runs.
San Francisco (38-40) has lost nine of 12 to fall a season-worst two games under .500. The Giants, who have gone 4 for 25 with runners in scoring position during their four-game skid, suffered five straight defeats April 23-28.
Every San Francisco Giants player has had his share of struggles this year (yes, even Buster Posey struggled for a week right before the All-Star break). But no Giants hitter has struggled as much as Pablo Sandoval is struggling now.
Home sales are dropping once again in the Bay Area as buyers and sellers react to the bad economic news.