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San Francisco Giants: 5 highs, 5 lows from the first half

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 03: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with Kevin Pillar #1 after hitting a solo home run to break a tie game in the 11th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 3, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Giants won 12-11 in 11 innings. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 03: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with Kevin Pillar #1 after hitting a solo home run to break a tie game in the 11th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 3, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Giants won 12-11 in 11 innings. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JUNE 01: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

No. 5 Lowlight: Giants lose Bruce Bochy’s final home-opener

We begin with the best of the worst, so to speak.

The San Francisco Giants took the field for what would be the final home opener of manager Bruce Bochy’s illustrious career on April 5, facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays.

He was given a nice standing ovation before the game began and was greeted at home plate by Tampa Bay skipper Kevin Cash in what was a cool moment for any baseball fan.

Then the game started.

In front of a sellout crowd of 41,067, the Rays plated four runs in the top of the first inning, including back-to-back home runs from Yandy Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier.

While the Giants offense eventually managed to push across two runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBI doubles from Pablo Sandoval and Steven Duggar, the game ended in a 5-2 loss.

No. 5 Highlight: Farhan Zaidi’s good additions to the team

Since taking over as president of baseball operations during the offseason, Farhan Zaidi has done things a bit differently than San Francisco Giants fans are used to.

To that point, he’s done a good job of upgrading the roster throughout the season.

Kevin Pillar has been a nice veteran pickup for a young team. Alex Dickerson has been a welcome addition to the outfield and the lineup. Mike Yastrzemski has been a nice find after he was acquired on the cheap during spring training.

The list goes on.

Donovan Solano has been a nice find. Tyler Austin has provided some power and flexibility with his ability to hit left-handed pitching and man multiple positions. Stephen Vogt has been a solid backup catcher to Buster Posey.

These are not moves that are going to elevate the team to World Series contention, but they have made the Giants more competitive without sacrificing much of anything.

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