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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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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28: Alex Dickerson #8 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Kevin Pillar #1 after he hit a home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

No. 1 Lowlight: The first home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks

If the three-game sweep against the New York Yankees was bad, the first home series of the year against the Arizona Diamondbacks was something far worse.

After the Giants took two of three from the D-backs in Arizona on May 17-19, the two teams met the following weekend in San Francisco.

Things started off on a low note with an 18-2 blowout and they didn’t get any better from there.

All told, the Giants were outscored 34-8 in the series, which was enough to make fans contemplate a number of things about their team.

In fact, there were points in that series where the fans were openly booing the team, which is never a good look.

The disaster of a series was part of a seven-game losing streak that took the Giants from five games under .500 to 12 games under .500, which was a devastating slide.

No. 1 Highlight: The San Francisco Giants play as the first half came to an end

If that Arizona series was the low point of the first half, the San Francisco Giants arguably entered the All-Star break at the high point.

The team went 10-6 over their final 16 games before the All-Star break, including a 5-1 final week of the first half where they swept the San Diego Padres and took two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The best part is that the team has been absolutely RAKING at the plate during that span, scoring double-digit runs in three straight games at the end of June and beginning of July.

While they are still in last place in the NL West standings, they’re now just 5.5 games back for the second NL wild-card spot.

That has inspired at least some level of hope that the team can make the playoffs. Simply put, it won’t happen.

Still, it’s been a fun stretch of games, and hopefully, the can come out of the break with some of that same offensive thump. At the very least, that will make the second half far more fun to watch.

Next. 5 bold predictions for the second half

So there you have it, the five highlights and five lowlights from the first half of the 2019 San Francisco Giants season.

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