Preview: Game #26, Diamondbacks vs. Giants

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The Giants make their first visit of 2013 to Chase, after a series in San Francisco, where the D-backs came out on top, but only just. Will tonight be any different?

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Matt Cain
RHP, 0-2, 6.59

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 1-2, 4.70

Diamondbacks Line-up

  1. Martin Prado, 2B
  2. Gerardo Parra, CF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Miguel Montero, C
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Jason Kubel, LF
  7. Eric Chavez, 3B
  8. Cliff Pennington, SS
  9. Ian Kennedy, P

The two starters both pitched against the other team in the San Francisco series last week, though not against each other, and both ended up with no-decisions. Ian Kennedy was unlucky, allowing one run on four hits over six innings, getting no support, as we were shut-out into the eighth. Matt Cain pitched the previous night, and was tagged for four runs, three earned, on six hits - including the inevitable Goldzilla home-run - and escaped the loss because of the ninth-inning home-run allowed by J.J. Putz. Both men were expected to be their team's aces, but the results so far haven't lived up to that: Cain, in particular, has been meh, so we look forward to continuing that run.

ZM has already said just about anything which can usefully be said about this series, and since I wrote about both pitchers for their last starts, which seem like yesterday, I'm not too inclined to go into much further depth about them. Instead, I will take the rest of the afternoon off, and catch up with what's on the DVR from last night, which I think are episodes of Revenge, The Borgias and Vikings. It's the final episode of the last-named, and it has actually been a pleasant surprise, though took an episode or two to get going. It's a bit like Spartacus, without as much gratuitous sex and copious gore [not that there's anything wrong with that].

Coming to the end, generally, of the winter TV season, which is probably a good thing from the point of view of my time! Of course, it's more a pause than a break, since the summer seasons e.g. Burn Notice will be starting up before too long. And then there's the Netflix stuff, like Hemlock Grove, to dip into. Plus the back-filling of series we started watching after they began, such as Supernatural. Where's the time for baseball? Though since I am doing the recap this evening, I suppose I should probably try to find the remote and switch over to Fox Sports Arizona for this one. If you insist....

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