Zac Gallen had a nightmare first inning. Then, just when it looked like this game was going to be bullpen game #102 on the season for the Diamondbacks, the good Zac Gallen took the mound in the second inning. From that point, Gallen went five more innings pitched, allowed only three hits, only one run (earned), he walked zero, and struck out seven. More importantly, despite giving up five runs total through six, the Diamondbacks were tied with the Giants when he left the game. Then the errors came. A managerial failure by Lovullo that could have potentially resulted in Nick Ahmed standing on third as the go-ahead run with no one out in the eighth started things off. Then a bad throw by Joe Mantiply, two errors by Christian Walker and another “not-an-error”, also by Walker handed the Giants victory not once, but twice in the final two innings of the game.
Diamondbacks Fall One Rally Short
A rough first inning by Gallen left the Diamondbacks down by four after one. They tied the game in the sixth. They fell behind by two in the eighth. They tied the game again in the ninth. Unfortunately for them, the Giants pulled ahead again in the final ups of regulation play.
Ninth Inning Miscues Cost Diamondbacks
Gutsy performances from Zac Gallen and the offense were spoiled by miscues, both mental and physical, late in the game, demonstrating that really bad teams simply find ways to lose games.
MadBum Receives Standing Ovation
It’s been nearly two full seasons since Madison Bumgarner left San Francisco and signed with the Diamondbacks. So it is understandable if it slipped notice that last night marked Bumgarner’s first return to Oracle Park since he departed the team he made history with. Giants’ fans though, were well-aware and they greeted the man that led them to multiple World Series victories with warm enthusiasm.
In a move that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Caleb Smith has been bumped from the rotation and is headed back to the bullpen.
The Arizona prospect and 24-year-old Reno Aces pitcher talks about losing both parents and his journey through life.
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