As the Philadelphia Phillies left town following their series win over the Giants at AT&T Park over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates, losers of 10 straight and fading from contention in the NL Central, came in to open a three-game set against San Francisco.
A collective exhaling could be heard around the Bay Area, as the Giants, who are in the midst of their worst slump of the season, now had a chance to turn things around against the lifeless Bucs.
Dreams of snapping out of the post-trade deadline funk were dashed Monday night, as the Giants were not only beaten, but shut out by the Pirates, 5-0.
Startlingly, the man who took the loss was Ryan Vogelsong, up to now a near automatic win for San Francisco every time he took the mound.
The loss to Pittsburgh represented the Giants' ninth in the last 11 games. Since the acquisition of Carlos Beltran, San Francisco is 3-9.
All of this begs the question no Giants fan wants to be forced to ask: is the magic lost?