Diamondbacks-Giants Preview: Spoiler
By Thomas Lynch
Josh Collmenter goes for win number 11 on Tuesday night. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks hope to play the role of spoiler over the next three days with an eye on payback. The San Francisco Giants visit Chase Field for three games beginning tonight and their sweep of the D’backs last week at AT&T Park has to be fresh in the Team’s’ mind. The Giants just dropped the last two games of their huge three game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 17-0 pounding on Saturday. Arizona would love nothing more than continuing this mini tailspin San Francisco is in.
Tonight,Wade Miley looks to forget one of his worst outing of the season. Last Tuesday, he lasted only two innings against the Giants, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks as his team fell by a score of 5-1. Miley is 7-11 on the year with a 4.28 ERA. He will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong who is 8-10 with a 3.90 ERA. The Giants’ righty hooked up with Josh Collmenter in a pitcher’s duel last Wednesday as he threw 6 2/3 shutout innings only to get a no-decision. His teammates struck after he left the ballgame as the Giants were victorious by a score of 5-0. On Tuesday, Collmenter gets the ball for the Snakes and will face Jake Peavy. The turning point of Collmenter’s last start was when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He had thrown six scoreless innings prior to his departure. Peavy has been great since coming over from the Boston Red Sox but the D’backs managed to nick him up a little on Thursday. He got the win but only lasted 5 1/3 innings surrendering six hits on the afternoon as the Giants finished off the sweep. In the final meeting between the two teams on Wednesday, Randall Delgado will meet Madison Bumgarner. Delgado was chased after four innings last Thursday, giving up three runs on seven hits in the 6-2 defeat. Bumgarner got the only win against the Dodgers this past weekend when he pitched seven shutout innings Friday as the Giants won 9-0. He is now an outstanding 18-9 on the year with 208 strikeouts, the most by a Giants’ lefty since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958.
The Diamondbacks’ offense came alive over the weekend against the San Diego Padres. The team scored 23 runs in three games, the most they have scored in a three game span since early June in Colorado. With the way the team played on its California road trip, there was an outside chance they could have lost 100 games. At 61-88, the D’backs should be able to avoid triple digit losses. Zeke Spruill picked up his first Major League victory and first Major League hit on Sunday. The Giants at 82-67 now trail the Dodgers by three games in the National League West. However, they sit in the first Wild Card spot, three games above the Pittsburgh Pirates and 4 1/2 games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers. Fortunately for the Snakes, they will miss Yusmeiro Petit who needed only 84 pitches to dispose of them last Tuesday and was one out away from hurling a complete game against them last season.