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Samardzija Slips in Seventh, Giants Dropped by D'backs in San Francisco

Diamondbacks beat Giants 3-2 for Ray's 5th straight win Samardzija Slips in Seventh, Giants Dropped by D'backs in San Francisco
Eleena Tovar | 17 Setiembre, 2017, 16:36

Over at AT&T Park on Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants will be wrapping up their weekend series.

SAN FRANCISCO - The ace pitcher threw eight shutout innings, the closer recorded a perfect ninth and the star slugger belted a difference-making home run.

"I wanted to go out there and drag him off the field", Lovullo said.

It has happened far too frequently this season.

That milestone might not mean much to the players, but it signifies the one-two punch the D-backs possess at the top of their rotation, a critical component of a deep postseason run.

Sandoval also sent A.J. Pollock to the center-field wall for the third out of the seventh. Entering Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants, he had allowed a total of four earned runs in his last four starts over the course of 25.1 innings. He has pitched a total of only 4 1/3 innings in two September starts, including throwing just five pitches before rain delayed his last outing, Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, for almost three hours. Then Pence tumbled in the grass and couldn't catch Descalso's sinking line drive in the seventh, which touched off a two-run inning as Arizona erased a one-run deficit.

The Giants did not give themselves many chances.

In the Friday opener, the Diamondbacks managed a 3-2 win. Goldy steps up to the plate and gets us two runs.

Against a left-hander like Ray, their inadequacy is laid bare.

Bochy hardly could sit Hundley. Unless you count the Padres' Wil Myers (five), that is. He finished the night with ten strikeouts, eight of them in the last four innings.

Goldschmidt's homer, his 35th of the season, came after David Peralta had led off the game with a first-pitch single.

Samardzija allowed three earned runs and struck out seven. Samardzija scored when Ray fumbled the feed from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Unfortunately, Greinke never got the chance to score. As you might have guessed, that other duo was Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who did it back-to-back in 2001 and 2002.

"When Greinke is on and hitting the edges, he's real tough", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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.

He was hitting.160 as late as May 27. Sure. Do they require another choice or two in the bullpen beyond internal options?

Greinke has had a very good year overall but has saved a lot for the final weeks.

The right-handed hitter batted.338 with an.820 OPS over a 57-game stretch from early June through the end of August. "He does special things at special times".

And perhaps his success at the plate allowed him to let his defensive abilities shine brighter. He also speared a sharp one-hopper and flipped to start a double play. They will need to win at least half of their remaining 12 games to avoid their second 100-loss season in franchise history. That's not a role they will want to give to center field prospect Steven Duggar, who should get everyday playing time in the minors as the Giants seek to groom him for a potential everyday role in the future.

His 4.09 ERA in San Francisco this year is atypical of a season in which he has the 10th-best road mark in the majors (2.71). The B is silent.

Vielma pronounces his first name EN-jell.