Diamondbacks series recap: vs. the Giants
By Joseph Jacquez
Jul 4, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (36) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
After taking two out of three from the Marlins in the final home series before the All Star Break, the Diamondbacks concluded the first half of 2014 with a series against the rival Giants in San Francisco. The Dbacks lost two out of three to end the first at 40-56. Now its time to send Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero to Minnesota for the All Star Game! Here is the recap of the three game series:
Game 1: Dbacks-0 Giants-5
Normally when the Diamondbacks face Giants starter Tim Lincecum, it turns out well for Arizona. Coming into play Friday night, the Snakes as a team were batting .338 against Lincecum in 2014. Besides ups and downs against the Dbacks, Tim has been dominant as of late and is looking like the pitcher that won two N.L CY Young Awards. He showed that Friday in the Giants 5-0 win. He breezed through seven scoreless innings. Meanwhile Mike Bolsinger got roughed up early on as the Giants scored two runs in each of the first two innings including a two run shot by the Panda.
Game 2: Dbacks-2 Giants-0
Wade Miley might be back. He is certainly turning around his 2014 campaign and so far in July he is looking like the pitcher that finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and got some CY Young consideration. Miley only allowed four hits over in seven shutout innings. He won his second straight start for the first time since April. He has now allowed just three runs in his last 22 and two thirds innings. Ryan Vogelsong took the hard luck loss allowing two runs in 6 and a third innings. Aaron Hill doubled, homered, and scored twice.
Game 3: Dbacks-4 Giants-8
The Giants hit two grand slams in one game to beat the Dbacks in game 3 8-4 and win the series in the final game before the All Star Break. Dbacks starter Vidal Nuno was making his second start with the club is a native of San Francisco and was making his second career start at AT and T Park. It was going well. He was staked to a 1-0 lead through 4 thanks to a Martin Prado RBI single. Then things changed. He gave up a grand slam to Buster Posey who was left out of the All Star Game, and suddenly it was 4-1. Then in the 6th pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit his second career grand slam off Matt Stites to make it 8-1 and then it was over. The Giants became the first team in MLB history to have battery mates hit grand slams in the same game.