Diamondbacks Bullpen does it again late in game vs Giants
By Jake Oliver
Diamondbacks lose to Giants 5-4 in the 10th Inning thanks to Bullpen
The Diamondbacks got a marvelous start from Merrill Kelly. He pitched 8 innings, allowing no runs, three hits, two walks, and got four K’s. Merrill was only at 102 pitches and might have been able to go back out there to secure the shut out.
Torey and the Dbacks decided against him going back out there. Instead, they entrusted the bullpen to secure a win as the Giants were down 4-0 with only three outs remaining. Well, the bullpen could not manage that.
Taylor Clarke came in, first game back from the IL, and promptly gives up a double and single to Kris Bryant and Alex Dickerson respectively. Clarke then threw a “beach ball” to Brandon Crawford who unloaded on the ball for a double.
Tyler Clippard comes in and quickly loads the bases via a Hit-by-pitch and a single. He manages to get the Dbacks to one strike from victory with two outs and the bases loaded. Unfortunately for him and the Diamondbacks, Lamonte Wade Jr. got a single and drove in the tying run.
Then, in the tenth, Tyler Gilbert gives up the winning run from a Kris Bryant double. Now, the Giants only scored because the Commissioner of the MLB decided that, for last year and this year, in extras a runner starts on 2nd base to begin the inning.
Of course the Diamondbacks had their shot to tie it up in the bottom of the 10th and Jake McGee closed the door on them. This was a heartbreaking loss for the team after having a chance to take two of the four game series from the team with the best record in baseball.
Unfortunately for the players, and especially Merrill Kelly, the bullpen couldn’t handle it. The Dbacks dropped 3/4 to the San Francisco Giants. A new series begins today in San Diego against the Padres.
It’s a three game series that ends on Sunday. The Padres currently are without their best player in Fernando Tatis Jr. He’s on the Injured List due to left shoulder problems.
Tonight’s starters are Caleb Smith for the Diamondbacks and Ryan Weathers for the Padres. Smith is 3-8 with a 5.04 ERA. Weathers is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA. Let’s go Dbacks! The season isn’t over yet and they can/will do better.
May the Force be with You…