Taijuan Walker struggled with his control, almost from the start. However, he was initially able to work out of trouble, getting an inning ending double play ball, then limiting the damage to a sacrifice fly, in successive bases loaded situations. But in the fifth, there was no escaping, and the Giants scored three. Walker ended up allowing four runs over five innings, on seven hits and three walks. The bullpen didn't exactly help, with Jorge De La Rosa and T.J. McFarland combiningto allow three additional runs.
The Arizona offense was not able to get much going. Honorable exceptions would include Chris Iannetta, who had three hits, and J.D. Martinez, who blasted his 24th homer as a Diamondback. That was a two-run shot in the sixth, which briefly provided hope, but there would be no further runs on the board for Arizona. The defeat kept the Diamondbacks' magic number unchanged at six.
Jack will be along with the full recap in a bit!