The Diamondbacks failed to recover from the 2-0 hole that they found themselves in after the first frame, when Ian Kennedy allowed five Giants to reach base. Kennedy really hit his stride in the third, allowing just one baserunner over his final four innings, but it was a couple innings too late. Kennedy dropped his ERA to still-gaudy 5.29 on the season, finishing the night with a line of 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, three walks and three strikeouts.
The offense was so far from good that I'm not sure they had a stride to find, as San Francisco's Chad Gaudin managed to shut down Arizona throughout his seven scoreless innings. Eight times the Diamondbacks fell victim by way of the strikeout, with precisely zero walks in those seven innings, and it didn't improve much when Gaudin left, as the Giants bullpen kept the offense scoreless.
There was a glimmer of hope in the eighth when All-Star Paul Goldschmidt came to bat with the bases loaded and two down against reliever Santiago Casilla, but a groundout to short killed the only real semblance of a "rally" that Arizona had on the night.
Full recap to follow in a bit.