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• The Indians scored just five runs, hit .162 as a team and went 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position during their three losses to the Giants over the weekend. On the season, Cleveland has a .237 team average, with a .218 average with runners in scoring position.

"To this point I think we've been inconsistent," Francona said. "We certainly haven't gotten everybody going at the same time, but that's kind of a rarity anyway. When you're not whacking the ball all over the ballpark, you either have to get two-out hits or somebody has to get a big hit, a big three-run homer. We haven't been able to really do that."

• Entering Monday, the Indians had recorded at least 10 strikeouts in their past two games and in 12 of 25 games this season. That marked the most double-digit strikeout games in the Majors -- one more than the D-backs and Cardinals (11 each). The Indians were also tied with the Yankees for the American League lead, with 223 strikeouts as a staff.

• During the three-game series in San Francisco, Cleveland's 1-3 hitters (Bourn, Swisher and Kipnis) hit a combined .324 with four extra-base hits, four runs and four RBIs. The rest of the lineup hit a combined .074, with the 4-6 hitters (Santana, Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera) going 0-for-29 as a group.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.