Record: 62-89 On Pace: 67-95 Change on '13/'10: -15/+2
For the first three innings, one almost had to wonder if the Giants and Diamondbacks realized that one of them had to win the game tonight. Once again, the Dbacks offense was non-existent. In innings 1-3, they managed a whole two base runners, those being a base hit from Ender Inciarte to lead off the game, the other a two-out walk to Brett Jackson in the second. Neither of them were able to advance past first base.
The Giants weren't really doing much better over the same period, though that was more due to bad luck. They were hitting a lot of balls hard against Josh Collmenter, but for the most part, they were headed right at Dbacks fielders. In the first and third, they went down in order, despite almost every out being a hard hit ball. They had more success in the second, but Pablo Sandoval's lead off single was erased by an around the horn double play, and Travis Ishikawa's hit-by-pitch was stranded at first.
The luck shifted against Collmenter in the fourth, however. St. Buster Posey hit an one out, solo home run to give the Giants a lead. They also threatened in the fifth, with Brandon Crawford hitting a lead off double. Some shoddy base running on Crawford's part and a great play on Didi Gregorius's part lead to a fielder's choice that erased the runner at second, and turned Crawford on second into Juan Perez on first. Jake Peavy bunted Perez to second, but that's as far as he got.
The Diamondbacks' offense continued it's puttering until the sixth, when they finally decided to show up. Inciarte flew out to start the inning, but Chris Owings tripled and was then brought home by an A. J. Pollock single. Trumbo, of course, then hit into a double play to end the inning. They tied the game, but it wasn't meant to last.
Collmenter had a very low pitch count for through the first six innings, and as a reward, Gibson sent him out for the seventh inning. In retrospect, that probably wasn't the best choice. Hunter Pence, Travis Ishikawa, and Brandon Crawford hit consecutive singles to break the tie before an out was recorded. Collmenter shut it back down, though, allowing only one run through all that.
That ended up being the difference in the end. Both Collmenter and Peavy pitched in the eighth, but Peavy wasn't able to finish the inning, after giving up a single to Inciarte and hitting Chris Owings with a pitch, both with two outs. Sergio Romo came in to finish the eighth, and got Pollock to pop out and end the inning. Harris and De La Rosa pitched the ninth for the Diamondbacks, and Santiago Castilla got the save for the Giants. Final score, 2-1 Giants.
Gandalf: Chris Owings, 13.9%
Sauron: Miguel Montero, -17.7%
A quiet Gameday Thread, which is sadly becoming the norm as this season winds down towards is depressing and inevitable end. Paulnh lead the way, rooting on Collmenter for a good chunk of his start. Songbird was in second, while GuruB, onedotfive, and I all essentially tied for third. All present were:
GuruB, Jim McLennan, Makakilo, Paulnh, SongBird, asteroid, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, onedotfive, soco
No COTD today. Be funnier and rec more comments, people! Join us for what I believe is the last matinee game of the season tomorrow, with a start time of 12:40 Arizona time.