The dek and the WPA graph pretty much say it all for this game.
The Diamondbacks entered today’s tilt looking to prevent being swept in a four-game series. They sent Luke Weaver to the mound to face off against Jeff Samardzija. The good news is, Weaver seemed to find some control over his pitches. The right-hander went seven innings, striking out four and walking only two. Not terribly surprising, limiting walks limited the damage San Francisco was able to do. Weaver held the Giants to only one run, which did not score as a result of his two free passes. Unfortunately for Weaver and the Diamondbacks, the strong outing was wasted, as one run is all the Giants would need to put another win on their tally.
The run came in the fifth inning. Yolmer Solano led things off with a double. He was brought home on a single to center by Buster Posey. Starling Marte made a good throw home, but Solano simply had too great a jump and too much speed, beating the accurate throw by three feet. A double play (one of four the Snakes turned on the afternoon) and a strikeout of Samardzija ended the inning.
Speaking of Samardzija, the Shark had his way with Arizona, scattering a total of three hits across seven and a third innings. He struck out ten and issued no free passes. For the Diamondbacks, their most exciting moment in the game came in the top of the seventh. With the Giants only managing one run against Weaver, the Diamondbacks looked to respond. With two outs, Eduardo Escobar doubled, bringing up Christian Walker with a chance to tie the game or even possibly put the Diamondbacks ahead. Christian Walker put together an epic, seventeen pitch at-bat against Samardzija. Unfortunately, the at-bat (and the Diamondbacks’ seventh) finally ended in Walker striking out swinging.
That was the totality of highlight worthy material in the game. Jeff Samardzija picked up player of the game honors for turning in a gem of a performance. The Diamondbacks now return home to face the Colorado Rockies, hoping that some home cooking and sleeping in their own beds might give the offense a much-needed boost. Game one of the series will feature Jon Gray taking on Mike LEake.