For the second game in a row, San Francisco pitching managed to keep the Diamondbacks off the board. Arizona’s offense went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Clay Buchholz continued to make his case for comeback player of the year as he tossed seven scoreless innings in San Francisco on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Buchholz and the Diamondbacks, the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner also threw seven scoreless innings and the Giants’ bullpen proved to be the better one.
For the second straight game, the Arizona Diamondbacks were shutout by San Francisco’s pitching. This time the shutout squandered a seven-inning gem by Clay Buchholz.
Trying to score the first Arizona run in 22 innings, Arizona’s Nick Ahmed was gunned down by a terrific relay from center field when he attempted to go first-to-home in the eighth inning of last night’s shutout defeat.
Did the Diamondbacks jump the gun and possibly break traditional protocol by luring the 23-year-old Yushikawa away from the NPB? Or were the Diamondbacks just a team that happened to be paying close attention that struck while the iron was hot?
As Craig Edwards puts it, the difference in strength of schedule between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks is roughly equivalent to one Paul Goldschmidt.