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Gameday Thread, #110: 8/2 vs. Giants

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Daniel Hudson
RHP, 10-7, 3.81

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Tim Lincecum
RHP, 9-8, 2.78

A fine performance from the D-backs last night, scratching out a win, despite the offense not being at their best - they got the hits when they were needed. it's always a good sign when you can prevail in such circumstances, but it's best not to make a habit of such things. The opposition won't get any easier this evening, as we face Lincecum, who shut out Arizona for eight innings when we faced him in May, though still got a no-decision. On the other hand, this will be Hudson's third-time going against the Giants this year, and he is 0-2 with an ERA a shade below five. That won't cut it. Time for Hudson to be the ace he has been so often against everyone else this year.

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Kelly Johnson 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Chris Young CF
  5. Miguel Montero C
  6. Ryan Roberts 3B
  7. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. Daniel Hudson RHP

Hudson has taken the loss in his last couple of games, giving up nine ER in 12.1 innings, but was largely BABIP'd to death, with a .421 figure there. The peripherals were still strong, with a K:BB of 13:3, so if things return to normal, he should be fine, especially against a Giants line-up that doesn't have many real threats. It's not going to be easy, make no mistake about it, but it's appropriate that we're in the middle of Shark Week, because the Diamondbacks are now close enough to smell blood. If we can win this one, and send the slumping Giants to a fifth consecutive defeat, a feeding frenzy could follow.

Half of the SnakePit bench will be at the game tonight, as 'charmer and the socos will be in attendance at AT&T Park. Per standard operating procedure, 'skins and kishi will be remaining underground in their official SnakePitBunkers until the all-clear has sounded...