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Two teams met Thursday night in China Basin to open a four-game series, and one played crisply, energetically and efficiently as if it had every desire to make a run to the playoffs.

It wasn’t the Giants, who did little right in a lethargic 10-5 loss to the Pirates.

The Giants are seven games behind in both the division and wild-card races with 46 games to play, and that’s no place to be if a team is serious about October baseball. A few more days like Thursday, and the Giants could start looking ahead to 2019, if some in the organization aren’t already. …continue reading here…