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D-backs 9, Giants 3

The bats jumped on the Giants again, supporting a solid all-around pitching performance in the series finale.

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With the news of the Diamondbacks’ plan to place a humidor at Chase, the offense decided to take advantage while the balls still had some pop left in them. The team combined for 11 hits and 9 runs, with most coming off Jeff Samardzija in the 6th inning.

The teams started slow, with Robbie Ray and Samardzija cruising to start things off. Our old pal Aaron Hill changed that, launching a familiar home run to left field to give the Giants a quick 1-0 lead. Ray responded with another two quick outs to end the inning. Ray reached on a single in the bottom of the inning, but a double play ground ball from Pollock ended the short lived threat.

The 4th inning saw more action from both sides, mostly from the D-backs side of things. A leadoff walk from Brandon Belt set things up, but Ray quickly retired the next two batters before allowing a stolen base and Brandon Crawford single to give the Giants an early 2-0 lead.

The offense for the D-backs responded in their half of the inning as David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt homered back to back to tie things up.

Another 5 strikeouts followed in the 5th, but things again opened in the 6th as the D-backs took control of things. Again the Giants used aggressive baserunning to steal a run, with a Hunter Pence walk and passed ball setting up Posey for an RBI double, making it 3-2. The Giants loaded the bases to threaten a huge inning, but Jorge de la Rosa doused the fire with a weak fly ball to CF.

David Peralta walked to set things up, and Goldy followed with a single. Jake Lamb joined the fun, launching his second home run into the pool area for a 3-run HR. The offense wasn’t done however, as a Hermann walk, Descalso single and Hazelbaker pinch hit single scored the final run of the inning, giving the D-backs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish at 6-3.

The Diamondbacks bullpen was fantastic in relief, combining for 3 13 scoreless IP. The culprits are as follows: de la Rosa, Delgado, Chafin, and Hoover. While we enjoy the work they’re doing, at some point a starting pitcher is going to need to go deeper into games to save them some unnecessary work.

The D-backs offense kept the pedal to the medal, scoring 3 runs with two outs thanks to infielder outfielder Aaron Hill badly misplaying a ball in left field. Mathis and Ahmed walked, and Pollock dumped a ball into left which Hill was unable to hold onto, scoring Mathis and Ahmed. Peralta again kept his strong day, driving another ball to the opposite field for a double, scoring Pollock and all but clinching the game 9-3 for the D-backs.

Source: FanGraphs

Star Lord - Jake Lamb (+23.1%)
Groot - Paul Goldschmidt (+20.0%)
Thanos - Jeff Mathis (-8.3%)

Now onto the roll call.

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For a team with no real expectations, they did a fabulous job this series, taking 3 out of 4 games and coming back from deficits in each. The D-backs welcome the defending American League Champions to Chase Field for a 3-game series with the Cleveland Indians. The last time these two teams met was 2014, with the teams splitting a 4-game series. The Indians own the all-time vs record, with a 9-7 record over 16 games. Shelby Miller takes the mound for his first start against Josh Tomlin. First pitch is scheduled at 6:40 AZ time.