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Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2: Dbacks even the series, despite Bumgarner’s return

The Dbacks spoiled the return of Madison Bumgarner, despite a night of less than stellar pitching.

Arizona Diamondbacks  v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Both teams were quiet in the first. The only player to get on base was Paul Goldschmidt with a two out single in the top of the first off of Madison Bumgarner. It was a different story in the top of the second. Ketel Marte lead off the inning with his tenth double of the season. Chris Owings immediately followed that up with his eighth double, bringing Marte home. Next up, Deven Marrero popped out to first, but Owings was able to move to third, and then be brought home on the next at bat thanks to a single off the bat of Kristopher Negron. That was all they managed that inning, as Corbin sacrificed Negron to second, but Ahmed failed to bring him home. 2-0 Diamondbacks

They put together another good threat next inning. David Peralta and Goldy both got singles to start the inning and put runners on the corners with no one out. They failed to convert it, though, after John Ryan Murphy grounded into a fieldder’s choice that saw Peralta thrown out at home and Marte followed it with a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

Meanwhile, Patrick Corbin was cruising through the Giants lineup. He sat down the first 11 Giants he faced, including three strike outs, and he didn’t even allow a ball out of the infield until Buster Posey lined out to right field for the second out in the fourth inning. Andrew McCutcheon broke it up before anything really started, though, when he got a single to shallow center right after that. Corbin induced a ground ball from Evan Longoria to end the fourth and keep the momentum going.

The fifth inning saw the Diamondbacks fail to capitalize on another opportunity. Ahmed singled with one out and Goldy hit a ground rule double with two outs, his third!! hit of the game, putting runners on second and third. Murphy grounded out to end the inning without any runs scoring

In the bottom of the fifth, the wheels almost came off, but Corbin managed to hold it together. He allowed the first four hitters to reach on a double, double/RBI, single, walk. Then he put on a clinic, striking out Bumgarner, Gorkys Hernandez, and Buster Posey in a row to end the inning and limit the Giants to only one run, despite having the bases loaded and nobody out. 2-1 Diamondbacks

Bumgarner sat the side down in order in the sixth, but that was it for him. Mark Melancon came in for the seventh, and it was a bit of an adventure. He struck out Patrick Corbin on a swing at a wild pitch, and Corbin started towards first. Posey threw it away, though, so Corbin was able to make it to second. Nothing came of it, but I just feel like any time the pitcher makes it to second on a strike out, it should be recorded for posterity.

The seventh inning was another case of letting the Giants get way to close for comfort. Corbin walked Crawford to start the inning, but got Sandoval to line out to right fielder Owings. That was the end of the road for Corbin, and he was replaced by Andrew Chafin. Chafin put away the one batter he faced, but once Pence was announced as a pinch hitter, he was lifted for Yoshi Hirano. Hirano struggle. He walked Pence and Gorkys Hernandez to load the bases with two outs. Once again, Posey failed with the bases loaded and flew out to end the inning. Still 2-1 Diamondbacks

Archie Bradley wasn’t quite his sharp self in the eighth, but he made it work. He stranded a one out single and a two out walks by getting Sandoval to ground out.

In the ninth, the Diamondbacks added a bit of insurance. Owings led off with a single, but was thrown out at second on a botched bunt by Marrero. Dyson walked. Jake Lamb pinch hit for Bradley. He singled to right field and Marrerro came home. That was all they got, after Ahmed popped out and Peralta lined out, ending the inning. 3-1 Diamondbacks

Continuing the theme of getting out of jams for Dbacks pitching tonight, Boxberger didn’t have the best inning either. He got the first out, but gave up a double to Alan Hanson. Two batters later, Hanson came home after Posey battled a six pitch at bat into a single. Andrew McCutcheon got a single of his own to put the winning run on base for Evan Longoria. That winning run stayed put, though, as Longoria ended the game on a ground out to short.

★★★: Patrick Corbin, 23.5% WPA

★★: Archie Bradley, 13.7% WPA

★: Chris Owings, 9.1% WPA

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