Just shy of a perfect start to the second half of the season.
The San Francisco Giants (45-52), who had taken the first two games of this series at AT&T, fail to get the sweep as the Arizona Diamondbacks (51-47) win 3-1. Randall Delgado (W, 2-3) and the Arizona bullpen managed to hold the Giants back from scoring any runs until the 9th inning.
“We lost the first two games here. You want to stop that as soon as possible,” Arizona outfielder Cody Ross said. “Delgado was a stopper today.”
Delgado would allow no runs on three hits and four walks while recording just two strikeouts. He would depart after 5 2/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks got on the scoreboard early. Arizona third baseman Martin Prado hit a one-out triple to deep left center off of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. Prado was then hit in on a sac fly to left field by Paul Goldschmidt.
Bumgarner (L, 10-6) would settle down considerably after that allowing no more runs during his 7 innings on the mound. He would allow five hits, three walks, and strikeout six.
San Francisco did have a chance to tie this game at 1-1 in the 6th inning. With Buster Posey on first and nobody out, Pablo Sandoval hit a double to deep left center off of Delgado. Buster would be waived home but would be thrown out at the plate by Arizona shortstop Cliff Pennington.
“I feel terrible and responsible for not getting Bum the win,” Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery said. “With nobody out, that can’t happen.”
Sandoval would not score getting as far as third base.
Then in the 8th, Arizona got a couple of insurance runs. Giants reliever Sandy Rosario would get A.J. Pollack to ground out right back to him to lead off the inning. Rosario then allowed the bases to be loaded allowing a couple of infield singles and a walk.
Lefty specialist Javy Lopez would relieve Rosario and get Miguel Montero to fly out to center without getting a run in. Jean Machi then came in to face ex-Giant Cody Ross who would single to right center scoring in two runs for the Diamondbacks. Machi would then get Gerardo Parra to ground out to first to retire the side with a three-run Arizona lead.
That one run for the Giants was scored in the 9th on a errant throw by Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill trying to complete a double play at first. The ball went past first allowing Pence to score. Kensuke Tanaka, who hit the grounder to short, would actually be called out on the play trying to advance to 2nd only to be thrown out by Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Then after an infield hit by Brandon Crawford, Giants pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur would ground into a fielder’s choice to shortstop to end the game and give Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler his fourth save of the year.
Game one of this series had the Giants getting a 2-0 win with both runs being scored in the 1st inning. Chad Gaudin (W, 4-1), meanwhile, would strikeout eight D’Backs in seven innings of work.
San Francisco took game two as well 4-3 as the Giants used up eight pitchers to get the victory. The difference ended up being Buster Posey’s two-run home run off of Arizona reliever Josh Collmenter in the 5th inning. It was Buster’s 14th big fly of 2013.
The Giants now take on the Cincinnati Reds (55-42) in a four game series starting tonight.
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Written by Daniel Trucios