Well, if you’re going to recap a three and a half hour game on a Friday night, an off night at that, at least it is a winner. I have to admit that I entered the evening not confident as the Arizona Diamondbacks had lost thirteen of their last fourteen games. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster was calling my name, so quick and efficient innings would have been much appreciated.
Taylor Clarke squared off against Tyler Anderson on the mound. Both teams found the scoreboard right away in the first inning of this contest. Ketel Marte blasted a one out home run to left field, his second home run of the season, to give Arizona the immediate lead. However, San Francisco answered with a counter punch in the bottom half of the frame as Brandon Belt doubled home Alex Dickerson. Taylor Clarke seemed to be rattled a bit after that because he issued consecutive walks to Wilmer Flores and Donovan Solano ahead of Brandon Crawford, but he lined out to end the inning.
Arizona took the lead back in the third inning thanks to Ketel Marte again. He tied Christian Walker, at the time, for the National League lead in doubles with a liner off of Evan Longoria’s glove at third base which scored Dalton Varsho. That one run lead was also short lived with a Giants’ response in the bottom half of the inning. Clarke was facing runners on the corners with two outs in the inning because of a Dickerson double and a walk to Belt. Clarke very nearly got out of the inning by forcing a ground ball off of Solano to Nick Ahmed at shortstop, but he could not get the throw off to first base cleanly. That scored Dickerson from third to tie the game.
Undeterred, the Arizona offense kept up the pressure for the next two innings. There was a bit of a squabble between Tyler Anderson and Torey Lovullo in the top of the fourth. Anderson appeared to be perturbed by something Ahmed was doing at the plate, so he took his time getting on the mound. That drew barking from Lovullo in the dugout who got into a brief shouting match with Anderson. Perhaps it was a strategy from Lovullo to get into Anderson’s head because he allowed back to back singles to Ahmed and Josh Rojas. Dalton Varsho singled to right field scoring both Ahmed and Rojas swinging the score back to Arizona’s favor 4-to-2.
Taylor Clarke was chased from the game two batters into the fourth inning. He gave up a single to Joey Bart who then scored on a double from Mauricio Dubon in the next at bat. Lovullo lifted Clarke after 81 pitches, six hits, and three walks for Travis Bergen. Bergen walked Mike Yastrzemski, but a double play and strikeout limited the Giants to only a single run in the inning. The Diamondbacks added two additional runs in the fifth inning. Christian Walker... walked and then advanced to third on a double from Eduardo Escobar. A sacrifice fly from Kole Calhoun and a single from Ahmed scored Walker and Escobar putting Arizona ahead by three runs.
From there, Lovullo would juggle through a multitude of bullpen arms in attempt to salvage a much needed victory. San Francisco again responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth against Yoan Lopez. He gave up a double to former teammate Wilmer Flores who was singled home by Brandon Crawford. The Giants’ fifth and final run came in the bottom of the seventh on a lead off home run by Brandon Belt off Hector Rondon. San Francisco had a golden opportunity to tie or even take the lead in the bottom of the eighth off Stefan Crichton. He loaded the bases with no outs, so it appeared that the wheels would fall off for the Arizona bullpen again. Dickerson hit a shallow fly ball to Kole Calhoun in right field. He fired the ball back into the infield to prevent a run from scoring and hit Christian Walker perfectly as the cutoff man. Because the throw was so on point, Walker doubled off Dubon at second base. That was the fourth double play the Diamondbacks defense converted in the game
Marte knocked his fourth and final hit of the game to begin the ninth and was moved to second base on a single from Walker. Arizona failed to drive in another run, so it would come down to Kevin Ginkel to pick a one run lead for the save once again. He sailed through the bottom of the ninth with relative ease giving up only a walk to Wilmer Flores, but secured a much needed victory for the Diamondbacks.
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