Understand this, there are no such things as jinxes. No fates conspiring against your favorite team, no curses crippling efforts, no super-secret whammy slowing bats.
There is one team consistently outplaying the other, which is what keeps happening to the Dodgers in the gray of AT&T Park. The Dodgers lost again to the Giants on Wednesday, losing their hearts and most of their lead in the process to San Francisco.
Their offense, the mightiest in the league a whole few days ago, continued to act as if it had been shanghaied and taken away to a secret place, like maybe those caverns rumored to be below Alcatraz, which many of the Dodgers did visit Wednesday.
Shut out for the second consecutive game by the Giants, the Dodgers fell, 4-0, for their fifth consecutive loss this season at AT&T Park.
The defeat cut the Dodgers' National League West lead over the Giants to 2 1/2 games. The Dodgers were leading the league in most every offensive category, but have failed to score in their last 21 innings.
The Dodgers are now 2-6 against the Giants this season and 22-9 against everyone else.
This time it was short-haired Tim Lincecum and three relievers handcuffing the Dodgers' offense, holding it to six hits. The reinvented Lincecum (4-2) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits.
Brett Anderson threw well for the Dodgers. He held the Giants to one run through six innings until running into trouble in the seventh. He gave up another run on a single by Joe Panik and was charged with a third when Yimi Garcia took over and immediately gave up a two-run homer to Buster Posey.
It was the third poor relief performance in five games for Garcia, who had posted a 0.63 earned-run average in his first 14 games. He may have electric stuff, but right now he has become difficult to count on.
Anderson (2-2) struck out seven and walked three in his 6 1/3 innings. He took his first loss since April 21 -- coincidentally, that was during the Dodgers' last trip to AT&T Park.