This didn’t look like it was going to be even close early on, because Madison Bumgarner was perfect through the first five innings. Zack Greinke, on the other hand, was not, and left after five innings, having allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. One of those was to his opposing number, who homered off Greinke for the Giants’ second run. But when Bumgarner’s perfecto ended, it ended quickly: Jeff Mathis triple, Nick Ahmed RBI single and A.J. Pollock two-run homer, making the score 3-3 after six.
ANOTHER Bumgarner homer - yes, his second - made it 4-3 in the seventh, but the D-backs tied things up on a Paul Goldschmidt RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. That brought Fernando Rodney in for his Diamondbacks debut, but a lead-off triple led to the Giants taking the lead once again in the top of the ninth. However, down to their last out, the D-backs fought back once more, with Mathis doubling, and the game then being tied-up on a pinch-hit single by Daniel Descalso. A Pollock single pushed Descalso to third and Chris Owings floated a jam-shot into shallow right for an amazing walk off win.
Mathis was a homer short of the cycle, Pollock had three hits, with two apiece for Owings and Goldschmidt. We also saw the (variable effective) Diamondbacks’ debuts of Tom Wilhelmsen, Jorge De La Rosa and J.J. Hoover.
Full recap will follow in a bit... When I have calmed down!