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Game #94: Diamondbacks @ Giants

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The MLB All-Star Game festivities get under way tonight, with a preview of the Home-Run Derby, courtesy of Tim Lincecum pitching to Paul Goldschmidt.

Brian Kersey

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Mike Bolsinger
RHP, 1-5, 5.13
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Tim Lincecum
RHP, 8-5, 3.91

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Aaron Hill - 2B
  2. David Peralta - CF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Mark Trumbo - LF
  6. Martin Prado - 3B
  7. Gerardo Parra - RF
  8. Didi Gregorius - 2B
  9. Mike Bolsinger - P

Interesting line-up, Looks like Gibson is attempting heavily to leverage the match-up. Hill hits leadoff, because his OBP against Lincecum is, remarkably, even better than Goldie's at .640 - 11-for 19 with five walks and a sac. fly. On the other hand, Montero is batting clean-up, despite Miggy having a .440 OPS, with just a .167 average (10-for-60). So, go figure. Trumbo makes his return to the line-up, and hits fifth: he has never faced Lincecum, so we'll see how that works out. But, of course, the marquee match-up is the one whose picture can be found in the dictionary, beside the word "ownership". 15-for-26 with seven homers and a 2.042 OPS. Yep, an OPS that starts with a two.

Bolsinger will be casting envious eye at Chase Anderson's run support, being winless in his last six starts, with an 0-4 record. Some of that is how own fault, with an ERA above five, but the D-backs have scored an average of just three runs per game in that time, with a high of five. Or, as Chase calls it, "a good half-inning." :) But Bolsinger will need to pitch rather better than last time in Atlanta, where was lifted before the end of the fourth inning. A night-game at San Francisco should probably help, however. Still, with only three games before the break, and a well-rested bullpen, shouldn't be an issue.

So, go get some popcorn, put your feet up and see if Goldschmidt vs. Lincecum round 12 goes as well for us as the previous 11 have.