The San Francisco Giants continued their early season dominance of the D’backs by taking their home opener by a score of 7-3. Brandon Belt, another player who salivates over seeing sedona red, got things started in the first inning with a two-run home run. Belt has five home runs in 2014; four of them have come against Arizona. Even after the Snakes scored an unearned run in the top of the second, thanks to Martin Prado scoring on a Brandon Hicks throwing error, the Giants effectively put the game away in the third on RBI singles by Buster Posey and Michael Morse, the latter’s scoring two runs. Miguel Montero managed to make the score 5-2 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. Brandon Crawford put the game out of reach in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single.
The big story is that Cahill had another disastrous outing, lasting only 3 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits. Ryan Rowland-Smith again couldn’t keep the game close, surrendering two runs on two hits in an inning and a third. J.J. Putz struck out the side in the ninth and for a hitting positive note, Prado went 3 for 4.
Not only is the 2-8 start the worst in franchise history, this is already the fourth game this month the team has lost by three or more runs. Folks, it doesn’t get much worse than that. Tomorow’s game, if you dare to watch, starts at 7:15 PM MST. Bronson Arroyo will attempt to go where no other D’backs’ pitcher besides Wade Miley has gone before in 2014: the seventh inning. He will be opposed by Paul Goldschmidt‘s favorite pitcher, Tim Lincecum.