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Ahead of bid to snap 11-game skid, Bochy talks frustration of close games

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Bruce Bochy has been around professional baseball for more than 40 years. In that time, he’s seen just about every situation you could imagine – except of course, managing a team on an 11-game losing streak.

Since 1995, when Bochy became manager of the San Diego Padres, he’s never lost more consecutive games than the 11 he has this season. The man who brought three World Series trophies to San Francisco over a five-year span said he’s trying to avoid using negatives as motivation.

“I don’t try to look at the negative side of it being a motivator as much as just try to win every day,” Bochy said. “We’ll see what will happen. Obviously, you don’t want to ever lose that many games. That means it’s just been a horrible year.”

For the vast majority of the season, the Giants hovered around .500. The memories of early season potential have dissipated over the past two weeks, but Bochy said the first half of the season is worth remembering.

“As bad as it looks right now, we did some good things in that first half,” Bochy said. “We dealt with some adversity, losing some pitching. Guys hung in there and we were in it until August for the most part. Hate to have such a horrible last four, five weeks, so it looks like that was how the year went and that’s not the case.”

During the 11-game losing streak, the Giants have led at some point in seven out of the 11 losses, which leave the Giants 0-for-September. That fact is a double-edged sword.
“We’ve had the lead late and lost a lot of tough one-run games,” Bochy said. “It’s not fun to deal with, but we’ve been in almost every game. We could have won almost every one of these games. But on the other side, that probably makes it a little bit more frustrating.”

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