Diamondbacks-Giants Recap: Downward Spiral
By Thomas Lynch
Jake Lamb’s third home run was one of the only offensive highlights in San Francisco. Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks wrapped their ten game California trip by getting swept three games in San Francisco by the Giants. They finished 2-8 and are currently on a six game losing streak. The offense was abysmal once again as they scored only three runs in two games. The starting pitching, so good in the Dodgers’ series, was not the same up the coast while the bullpen provided not much in the way of relief.
Wade Miley lasted only two innings in game one. His control was off and when he was throwing strikes, the Giants weren’t missing many pitches. In all, Miley gave up three runs on five hits with four walks. On this night, the bullpen gave a fine effort as Zeke Spruill and Will Harris combined for six innings and allowing only two runs (both unearned, charged to Spruill). Almost one year to the day when he nearly threw a perfect game against the Snakes, Yusmeiro Petit was masterful again. He needed only 84 pitches and surrendered an Ender Inciarte solo home run in a 5-1, complete game victory. Rookie second baseman Joe Panik, from my Alma Mater of St. John’s, went five for five in the game.
On Wednesday, Josh Collmenter and Ryan Vogelsong hooked up in a pitcher’s duel. Both pitchers held their opponents scoreless, Collmeter for six innings, Vogelsong for 6 2/3. Once Collmenter was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, you could predict what would happen next. The Giants erupted for four runs in the seventh and one run in the eighth off of Oliver Perez, Evan Marshall and Addison Reed. Arizona stayed dormant for the rest of the contest and San Francisco took game number two by a score of 5-0. Gregor Blanco‘s double got the Giants on the board, driving in Hunter Pence. Matt Duffy plated Blanco with his own double and then scored on a Marshall wild pitch. Angel Pagan‘s sacrifice fly completed the big inning while Travis Ishikawa‘s eight inning single rounded out the scoring.
The D’back offense generated nine hits during the afternoon matinee finale. However, they never really capitalized on any of them until Mark Trumbo‘s RBI double in the sixth inning. However, Randall Delgado had already given up three runs and when the D’backs give up three or more runs during a game, they tend to lose. This was no exception as San Francisco got out the brooms for a 6-2 victory. Matt Stites was tagged for three runs in 2/3 of an inning, giving up three hits and three walks. Jake Lamb provided his third home run of the year in the ninth inning to make the game a tad more respectable.
The D’backs who are now 59-87, will begin a six game homestand starting tonight. The San Diego Padres are up for three games followed by a visit from these same Giants.