An ill Chad Gaudin was able to handle the Diamondbacks.
The San Francisco Giants (33-29) were able to beat the AL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks (35-28) by a final of 6-2 to close out a three game series in the desert. Chad Gaudin (W, 2-1) made his 2nd start for the Giants this year striking out seven and allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk.
Arizona’s two runs off of Gaudin came in the 4th inning. D’Backs center fielder A.J. Pollack singled in Miguel Montero from third base. Then later in the inning, Gaudin balked in a run himself. Jason Kubel would score from third while Pollack advanced to 2nd.
A couple batters latter, though, Gaudin would get the opposing pitcher Tyler Skaggs to strike out swinging to the end the rally.
The Giants, though, had scored four runs before Gaudin’s rough 4th inning. A couple of RBI singles from Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias made it 2-0 in the 1st. Then in the 3rd inning, an RBI infield single by newcomer Juan Perez made it a three run game. Perez actually made a great leaping catch in the 1st inning on a ball hit to deep right center by Paul Goldschmidt. The center fielder would run into the wall after making the catch with the collision not seeming to affect him.
Then just in the top of the 4th, Marco Scutaro hit a solo home run, just his second big fly of the year. Scutaro ended up going 3-4 on the day and had six hits in the series.
After Gaudin’s rough 4th inning, San Francisco’s bats were able to react again. Brandon Belt hit a solo home run in the 5th inning, his seventh homer of the year.
Tyler Skaggs (L, 1-1) was pulled in the 6th inning after Gaudin reached first base via an error to lead off the inning. 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt had dropped the ball after second baseman Cliff Pennington tried to scoop-throw the ball to him.
Latter in the 8th, Andres Torres hit a sac fly to left to allow Gregor Blanco to score from third. Blanco had actually gotten on third by way of a one out triple to deep right.
Of course the bullpen for the Giants were able to pitch three solid innings after Gaudin had left the game. Jose Mijares managed to pitch the 7th allowing just one single to Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra.
The 8th had Jean Machi face solely Paul Goldschmidt who grounded out right back to Machi. Then Jeremy Affeldt would come in to get the last two batters out in the inning.
Affeldt would strikeout Jason Kubel to start the 9th but then was pulled in favor of Sergio Romo who got the final two outs of the game.
Game one of the series was a rough one for Affeldt. With a one run lead in the 8th and two men on, Paul Goldschmidt managed to hit a home run off of Affeldt (L, 1-2). That ended up winning the Friday night game for Arizona 3-1.
Game two was much better for the Giants as they scored eight runs off of Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, (L, 3-7) who lasted only 3 2/3 innings. Buster Posey had three RBI’s on the day, two of those scored in the 4th inning off of Cahill via a home run, his 8th of the season.
The Diamondbacks managed to rally a bit in the 6th but would still fall to San Francisco on Saturday by a final of 10-5. The last Giants run was scored by a Hunter Pence solo home run, his 10th of the season.
The Giants say goodbye to the desert and head for the Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates (37-26) in a three game set. San Francisco’s probables are Tim Lincecum (4-5), Barry Zito (4-4), and Matt Cain (4-3). Pittsburgh’s probables are Gerrit Cole (0-0), Francisco Liriano (4-2), and Wandy Rodriguez (6-4).
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Written by Daniel Trucios