The Diamondbacks continue to struggle at home. And despite park factors showing Chase Field has become a haven for pitchers, opposing players haven’t picked up on the memo. The Giants entered this game 4-2 at Chase Field, averaging above 5 runs per game. And while the D-backs have averaged around 4.8 runs, it certainly doesn’t feel like it with the team scoring 3 or less runs 22 times.
Pitching for the Giants was Dereck Rodriguez, who has struggled badly since an excellent rookie debut in 2018, pitching to a 5.32 ERA across ~60ish MLB innings while seeing time across both AAA and the MLB level. Sounds like the right recipe to have success against the D-backs at home.
For the D-backs was Alex Young, who has scuffled since his excellent debut to the year, pitching to a 4.74 ERA across the last month while averaging less than 5IP per start. The start to this game was no according to plan.
Young allowed singles to Posey and Solano, sandwiching a walk to Austin Slater between them to bring up Evan Longoria who has just smashed at Chase Field. He singled, driving in two runs. Alex did settle down after that, getting a ground ball from Pillar and subsequently picking him off before striking out Scooter Gennett to end the threat, 2-0 Giants.
It was quiet for a while from both sides, with the D-backs struggling to get much of anything accomplished at the plate, going hitless their first time through the order. It wasn’t without fanfare, as the Giants robbed potential hits in the field.
Alex was okay on the mound, skirting around trouble in the 2nd and 3rd innings before a perfect inning in the 4th. But with perfection comes suffering in the form of Buster Posey and Evan Longoria who doubled and homered respectively, making the score 5-0.
The offense finally singled in the 4th! And again in the 5th. Yay! But that’s all they could manage.
Lovullo had seen enough from Young, putting in Jon Duplantier in the 6th who struggled mightily with his command. He walked the leadoff batter in Joey Rickard and Belt doubled to score him from first. A walk, strikeout and HBP followed to load things up but escaped further damage with a double play ground ball to limit the damage, 6-0.
His 7th inning was better by default, as Jon didn’t allow a run.
Steven Crichton wasn’t much better than Duplantier however, as he allowed a run across his 2 innings of work while striking out 2 batters. 7-0 Giants.
The offense was no match for the mighty Giants bullpen, flailing into the night with flair, as they secured the loss with no D-backs runners reaching 2nd base all game. Only at the old ball game!
Only two players had positive WPA, with Wilmer Flores and Adam Jones sneaking across that threshold with +.013 and +.003 respectively. Because of this, your stars of the game are now negative stars of the game.
☆☆☆ - ALEX YOUNG (5IP, 5ER, 8H, 2BB) -.209 WPA
☆☆ - Jarrod Dyson (0 for 4) -.066 WPA
☆ - David Peralta (0 for 4) -.059 WPA
The GameThread was quiet, probably due to the Cardinals stinking it up in Glendale. Or the D-backs doing their best to out-stink the football team.
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Luckily this is a 4-game series with the Giants, let’s hope they can bounce back with Mike Leake on the mound, who will look to bounce back from a disastrous start against the Dodgers last time out where he allowed 4 HRs.