Rubby De La Rosa Hurls Diamondbacks to a Sweep


Jun 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher

Rubby De La Rosa

(12) follows through on a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks started the week by getting swept in Southern California. They ended the week sweeping in Northern California.

Rubby De La Rosa delivered eight great innings as the D’backs beat the San Francisco Giants by a score of 4-0. He allowed eight hits but also induced four double plays. De La Rosa came out for the ninth inning but surrendered two base knocks to start the frame. Daniel Hudson inherited runners at first and third with nobody out. After striking out Brandon Crawford, he walked Casey McGehee to load the bases, but got Buster Posey to hit into a double play to end the game. It was Hudson’s first career save.

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Arizona struck in the second inning as a rare miscue by Crawford allowed Jake Lamb to score on Welington Castillo‘s ground ball to make it 1-0 in favor of the Snakes. In the fifth, Chris Owings delivered the big blow of the day with a bases-loaded double that scored Ender Inciarte and Paul Goldschmidt to increase the lead to 3-0.  A.J. Pollock‘s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Inciarte with the final run of the day. The Giants made three errors on the day, two of them leading directly to D’back scores. In addition to Crawford’s throwing error, Justin Maxwell lost a fly ball hit by Inciarte in the sun which resulted in a two-base error. Inciarte followed with a steal of third before scoring.

Goldschmidt reached base four times in five plate appearances, boosting his league-leading batting average to .359.

The story of the day was De La Rosa who threw 97 pitches on the afternoon. In addition to the eight hits, he allowed only two walks while striking out six. He improved to 5-3 while the Giants’ Chris Heston dropped to 6-5. Arizona now completes this eight game California trip with two contests in Anaheim against the Angels.