Chances are if you're 1-12 with runners in scoring position, and the only hit came from the pitcher, your team isn't going to win many ball games. Rookie starter Andrew Chafin pitched a great game, giving up just two runs in six innings of work with two strikeouts and four walks. Sadly, that'll be overshadowed by yet another poor outing from Addison Reed, who gave up two runs in the ninth en route to another Arizona loss.
Both Ender Inciarte and Chris Owings hit singles to lead the game off in the bottom of the first – Inciarte has now done that six games in a row for what it’s worth. An A.J. Pollock sac fly advanced the runners to second and third and had the D-backs in business with just one out. With Trumbo at the plate, Giants catcher Andrew Susac let by a past ball, which ricocheted right back to him off the backstop in time for him to tag out Inciarte trying to score. Trumbo then struck out and Arizona had yet another missed opportunity.
San Francisco then rode the momentum from the inning and scored in the top of the second for the first run of the game. Brandon Crawford stepped up after Andrew Chafin surrendered a two-out walk and delivered a double in the left-center gap.
Chafin helped his own cause in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to score Cody Ross and tie the game at one.
After a couple of innings where Chafin and Bumgarner traded zeroes, the Giants retook the lead in the top of the fifth on a Gregor Blanco safety squeeze to score Crawford from third.
With one out in the ensuing inning, Pollock tripled. Right after that, Mark Trumbo struck out for the third time in the game and it looked like yet another runner would be stranded at third, but the ball was in the dirt and Susac had to throw to first. The sneaky Pollock broke for home once Susac turned his body to throw and was able to beat the returning throw from Posey from first base.
Chafin then threw up another zero and after that his day was done. The final line: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.
After the teams traded zeroes for the next couple of innings, Addison Reed came on in the ninth. He walked two, gave up two hits and the Giants took a two run lead. Santiago Casilla came on and closed it out.
Arizona travels to Colorado tomorrow to take on the Rockies. Vidal Nuno will take the mound against Yohan Flande.
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