Record: 63-48. Pace: 92-70. Change on 2016: +18.
Goldie started off the top of the 1st with a double to score David Peralta after his leadoff walk. The fun was abruptly ended in the second with a Jarrett Parker two-run home run. The Giants followed it up with a pair of additional runs in the 3rd, from a Hunter Pence single with the bases juiced making it 4 to 1. After a Daniel Descalso RBI single in the 4th helped bring it back to 4-2, Corbin again had a problematic inning and was unable to wriggle off the hook. This time, a Hundley two-out single extended the San Francisco lead to 6-2.
The D-backs did have a good opportunity to make things interesting in the 7th but were only able to plate one run on a David Peralta ground-out, making it 6-3. Sadly, they were unable to generate any more runs, thus giving us that final score of 6-3, with the Giants taking both the game and the series. I must say that this is surely a disappointment after the goodwill of the last two games in Wrigley Field and the momentum coming into the Bay Area.
After a scoreless first, which has been his Achilles, Corbin again struggled - which is sad because I was hoping he could right the ship after a ghastly outing in Chicago. The truth is, he has never been the same pitcher since the Tommy John surgery and I can’t say for certain if he will ever return to that level of play. The defense did him no favors and with two costly errors he only had three earned Runs over innings, and struck out 10. But it is his inability to escape innings unscathed that is most troubling. While good pitchers don’t need to be perfect, they must be able to pitch effectively in the high leverage situations and Corbin sadly has struggled at this in his starts since the All-Star Break, and most of the year.
This series is a black eye on what could have been a very successful road trip: we only really need to play .500 ball on the road with how good the team is at Chase Field, and wasted two good opportunities to do better than that, last night and this afternoon. But the team and the bats seems to ride hot streaks and cold streaks so I fear that our postseason hopes will live and die with how the team is playing in late September.
Good news: we go home to Chase Field, where the team is red hot. Bad news: it’s against the even more red hot Dodgers which should shape up for a good series. The series begins on Tuesday with a match-up of Zach Godley taking on Kenta Maeda.
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Sharknado 2: The Second One - Brandon Drury, +5.4%
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens - Patrick Corbin, -36.8%
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! - Ketel Marte, -11.3%
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Off-day tomorrow for the D-backs, and they need it. There then starts a streak of 20 consecutive days with a game, which should probably define the season.