I don’t normally like when Arizona plays games in San Francisco because they always keep me up so late. At the same time, when I think of San Francisco, I think of In-N-Out burger and those cool walruses that chill on the bay so I guess San Fran isn’t so bad after all. After dropping the first game of the series last night in heart-breaking fashion, the Diamondbacks regrouped and took game 2–which ended only minutes ago. That’s how updated we are here at Venomsrikes. It wasn’t pretty, and my blood pressure was through the roof throughout the game, but Arizona prevailed.
Arizona took advantage or some mental and physical errors by San Francisco in the 11th to win the game. Andres Torres just didn’t want to get rid of the ball after Didi Gregorius singled, so Didi took 2nd. Also, Pablo Sandoval came up about 70 feet short on a routine throw to first the Brandon Belt could not handle. Not to mention, Belt had somewhat of a base running error in the 11th as well. I love that Arizona was able to make a team pay for mistakes because lately, we haven’t been.
I’m going to go all the way in saying that Patrick Corbin was
great, no, spectacular this evening in San Francisco. His outing looked almost effortless, and aside from a ball that a fan stupidly interfered with, nothing was really hit that hard. Actually, Crawford’s triple was rocked, but still. The CSN Bay Area broadcasters, who are the most pro-Giant announcers I’ve ever heard even referred to Corbin as “magnificient.” Corbin may have been left in the game an inning too long, but with such a low pitch count, there was really no need to pull him. Pats’ final line was 7 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs and 7 K’s. Like I said, other than a somewhat shaky 8th, Corbin was awesome. It’s outings like this that reinforce the decision to make him the 5th starter in the rotation for the Arizona Diamondbacks. This was a really tough luck “no decision” for Patrick Corbin.
Offensively, Arizona did pretty well in this game. Runs are usually pretty scarce at AT&T Park but Paul Goldschmidt made it look small when he hit a ball that clunked off Alcatraz in the 3rd inning. For most of the game, the Giants fell victim to their own trap that is AT&T Park. The keyword being “most” of the game. It took eight innings for San Fran to get cooking but sure enough, they did. It just wasn’t enough. Arizona did a lot of things right in this game and that’s something to build off as they wrap up the series tomorrow before heading home to face Colorado.
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