Samardzija Slips in Seventh, Giants Dropped by D'backs in San Francisco
Setiembre 17, 2017, 14:04
Descalso attempted to score on a fielder's choice by Arizona's A.J. Pollock. But that success has not traveled well to San Francisco. "We didn't win, but I gave the team a chance and you have to feel good about it", Bumgarner claimed after Saturday's loss.
It has happened far too frequently this season.
Pence did not make it to the end.
Walker has been on a pretty nice run lately. He beat pitcher Robbie Ray to first base after hitting a chopped single down the first base line as a run scored in the sixth. Over his last five starts, he's allowed just four earned and has managed three quality starts.
Joe Panik had a line drive single in the first inning, but Greinke followed it by retiring 11 straight batters.
"When Greinke is on and hitting the edges, he's real tough", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
The Diamondbacks, who have beaten the Giants five times in a row, clinched the season series over their NL West rival with a 10-5 record.
Against a left-hander like Ray, their inadequacy is laid bare. Bochy simply doesn't have the personnel to put together a right-handed lineup with any teeth. Bumgarner will look to get untracked in his next scheduled start Friday against Jordan Lyles and the Padres. Sep.
Bochy hardly could sit Hundley. The Giants' backup catcher has hit more right-handed home runs at AT&T Park (four) than anyone else this season.
Ray (14-5) facing a loss in the game seemed to wake the D-backs up, as Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (9-14) had retired 14 straight after striking out the first hitter in the top of the seventh inning Paul Goldschmidt. In fact, that streak extends to 16 games, the longest active run in the majors, dating back to August of 2016.
The Giants got just one man in scoring position, when Mac Williamson went to second on shortstop Kristopher Negron's two-base throwing error.
He left the field to a standing ovation. He still rides a scooter to the ballpark, he still says all the right things to reporters and he still smiles and says hello when he passes you on the way to the cage.
He hasn't stopped hustling, even as he keeps coming up short. Pitching hasn't been the Giants' problem in the first two losses in the series.
Regardless of whether he plays again or not, it's been an interesting season for the 30-year-old backup.
Giants: RHP Chris Stratton is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA over his last five starts.
Strikeouts were a theme of Ray's outing, especially late, when in the fifth inning, he would reach 200 total for the second consecutive season. Hernandez's leaping, home run robbery Sept. 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals will stand as the one play worth remembering from an outfield defense that has hovered somewhere between embarrassment and ineptitude. Join the Venom Strikes team!
The Giants played a clean game, at least. Stratton, who struck out the only batter he faced that night, did not return after the stoppage.
Greinke doubled with one out in the inning and tried to take third on David Peralta's ground ball to the left side of the infield. The B is silent.