Diamondbacks 4, Giants 8

Jason O. Watson

The first-half of the season ended in disappointing fashion, with the Diamondbacks being doomed by two swings of the Giants' bats. One of those was by the opposing pitcher.

Through four innings, things were actually going pretty well, with Martin Prado's RBI single in the first giving Arizona a lead, and Vidal Nuno extending his scoreless streak to open time with the Diamondbacks to 11 innings. Sure, we had a silly TOOTBLAN by Ender Inciarte, but still... Then, Nuño melted down, first loading the bases in the fifth, and then letting Buster Posey unload them with a grand-slam.

Worse was to follow in the fifth: more base-running gaffes doomed a comeback effort, and in the bottom half, Matt Stites loaded the bases, with the help of some defensive gaffes, only for Madison Bumgarner to unload them, with his second grand-slam of the year [he now has one more than Pete Rose!] Stites is only the second pitcher in team history to allow a grand-slam to his opposite number. I'm not allowed to say who the other was. :)

Arizona did make an effort to come back, with Cody Ross hitting a two-run shot, and Nick Evans getting an RBI double, but it was too little, too late. Paul Goldschmidt's on-base streak also ended this afternoon, as he went 0-for-4. Prado had three hits, with two apiece for Enciarte and Ahmed.

Next up, the All-Star Game. Diamondbacks baseball resumes on Friday, with a series back at Chase against the Cubs.

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