It has been a very long time since we've had such a well-pitched series of starts from our rotation. After first Chase Anderson, then Allen Webster, flirted with no-hitters in the earlier games, Rubby De La Rosa may have lost his no-hitter early, but he took his shutout deeper than either of them. De La Rosa kept San Francisco off the board until the ninth, when he was lifted with men on the corners and no outs. He had thrown 97 pitches, scattering eight hits, two walks and getting six strikeouts. Daniel Hudson walked a batter to bring the tying run to the plate, but St. Buster hit into a twin killing, to preserve the shutout and the win.
The Diamondbacks took advantage of some sloppy Giants' play - San Francisco committed three errors leading to a pair of unearned runs - and also had their infield working smoothly, turning five double-plays. Paul Goldschmidt reached base four times on two hits and two walks, raising his on-base percentage to a staggering .478, Jake Lamb had a pair of hits and a walk, and Chris Owings drove in two with a double off the outfield wall. The win is the first sweep of the Giants in San Francisco since July 25-27, 2008, when our starters were Dan Haren, Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson.
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