Diamondbacks Triumph in Extras 6-5 Despite 3 Home Runs by Giants

This StoryStream covers the 3 game series between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, including news, previews, recaps, and juicy gossip. For more discussion and analysis head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Giants hit 3 HR's, D'backs Prevail in Extras 6-5

The San Francisco Giants found themselves in a shootout for the third game in a row with the Arizona Diamondbacks, looking to sweep the series. And despite home runs by Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey, and Pablo Sandoval, the Diamondbacks took the Giants to extra innings, where the denied the G-men’s sweep by a score of 6-5 in 12 innings.

It was a Stephen Drew single that scored Justin Upton in the bottom of the 12th to eventually get the win, but these teams were trading blows all game long. A Chris Young sac fly and a Stephen Drew triple made it 3-0 D’backs in the third, but the Giants answered with Huff’s first homer of the season in the fourth. Justin Upton blasted one in the 5th to the second deck in left center, then the Giants responded in the 6th in a big way. Huff hit a sac fly to make it 4-2, followed by back-to-back jacks by Buster and Panda to take the lead 5-4. Dan Runzler (L 1-2) gave up an RBI single to Ryan Roberts in the 8th to tie it up, where Javier Lopez allowed the final run in the 12th.

Madison Bumgarner started the game, and went for 6 2/3 allowing 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, two strikeouts, and a home run. He is still searching for his first win of the season. Josh Collmenter (W 1-0) got the win for the D’backs for his two scoreless innings in extras.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will head to Denver tomorrow to take on the NL West leading Colorado Rockies. The first of the three game series is set for a 5:40 PT first pitch and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680.

For more discussion and analysis, head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.


San Francisco Giants Injury Update: Barry Zito on the DL with Mid-Foot Sprain

As many people had suspected Barry Zito will be placed on the 15-day DL after suffering a mid-foot sprain on his right foot last night during their game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Zito went for a semi-slide on his knees to grab a Joe Suanders popped up bunt, but managed to tweak his right foot int he process.

Zito has never once missed a start due to injury, dating back to his beginnings in the league in 2000. Zito was seen walking on crutches last night after the game and was said to have a very, very swollen foot. Zito’s DL schedule will have him available around the beginning of May when the Giants head to Washington D.C. to play the Nationals.

In his absence the Giants have called up Ryan Vogelsong as his replacement. Vogelsong has been strong in AAA Fresno so far with a 2-0 record and a 1.59 with 17 strikeouts in his two starts. He hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2006 when with the Pirates.

For more discussion and analysis head over to McCovey Chronicles.


Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Buster Posey Homers Giants Past D'backs 5-3

It was a balmy night at Chase Field as the San Francisco Giants looked to extend their winning streak to four, but the Arizona Diamondbacks were not going to hand it over without a fight. Both teams traded blows all night, including a 2 run blast from Buster Posey as the Giants edged the D’Backs by a score of 5-3.

Barry Zito started the game tonight looking for his first win of the season, but left in the second inning trying not to miss his next start. Zito slid for a popped up bunt by Joe Saunders causing a mid-foot sprain on his right foot. X-Rays were negative, but Zito has never missed a start due to injury in his 11 year career. That may be in jeopardy now. Zito lasted for 1 2/3 with 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and no strikeouts.

Guillermo Mota made the longest appearance in his career this evening, going for 4 1/3 innings, with 3 hits, 1 run, and 4 strikeouts. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a perfect 1 1/3 with a strikeout, Serigo Romo went for 2/3 scoreless, while Brian Wilson got his fourth save in 5 chances with a 1-2-3 9th.

Buster’s first inning long ball was coupled by the bat of Freddy Sanchez, who went 2-5 with a RBI double in the sixth and a 2 RBI single in the 7th. Aaron Rowand was 3-4 with a walk, Pat Burrell was 2-3, as was Mark DeRosa. The Giants had 13 total hits, but also hit into a remarkable 5 double plays. With that many hits it should have been a beat down, but hey, a win is a win.

Full box score can be found here.

With the win it moves the Giants to 8-6 on the season who have now won 9 of their last 9 games at Chase Field. San Francisco will finish their series in Arizona tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 1:10 PT. Madison Bumgarner (0-2 9.00 ERA) will be on the mound to face Barry Enright (0-1 6.00 ERA) for the D’Backs. Coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.


Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Giants Top D'Backs 5-2 Behind Pablo Sandoval 3 Run HR

The San Francisco Giants strolled into Chase Field to face the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight, and from the first inning of the ballgame knew they were leaving victorious. Matt Cain kept the D’backs offense relatively quiet and Pablo Sandoval hit his this third home run of the season, leading the charge on a 5-2 victory this evening.

Matt Cain (W 2-0 1.42 ERA) lasted for six full innings tonight, allowing 4 hits, one earned run, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. The Giants bullpen did a good job backing Cain up with only Javier Lopez allowing a run while Jeremy Affeldt and Ramon Ramirez held it down for 2 scoreless innings. Brian Wilson came in for the save in the ninth, his third of the season.

Pablo Sandoval’s three run jack in the first inning set the tone for the game, along with Miguel Tejada’s RBI’s double. Aubrey Huff scored on a throwing error by catcher Miguel Montero in the fifth, the fifth and final run for the Giants. Buster Posey went 2-4, Freddy Sanchez went 2-5, while Brandon Belt was 1-4.

As for the Diamondbacks Daniel Hudson (L 0-3 4.26 ERA) he was roughed up in his 6 innings of work allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and an impressive 10 strikeouts. Willie Bloomquist was 1-4 with 2 RBI, while Justin Upton went 2-4.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have their second of the series with the D’backs tomorrow as Barry Zito (0-1 5.56 ERA) will take on Barry Enright (0-1 8.00 ERA) for Arizona. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the actio.


Giants Center Fielder Andres Torres Put On Disabled List

The San Francisco Giants were holding out hope that center fielder Andres Torres would be able to come back sooner rather than later from an Achilles injury, but they've finally broken and placed him on the disabled list. Torres injured himself in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 10th, and hasn't played since then. It's a 15-day DL, which means he'll be eligible to play again on April 26th, when the Giants take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

San Francisco recalled Darren Ford up from triple-A Fresno to take Torres' spot on the roster, though he doesn't seem to factor into any actual fielding or batting situations. He did get some playing time last season, as a pinch runner, and scored a run in one situation, but has not yet had a major league at-bat. Ford is insurance at this point, as the Giants found themselves stretched thin when Freddy Sanchez missed the final game of the three-game set against the Dodgers.

They've been shuffling the lineup around, going with both Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand as the lead-off man, usually Torres' spot. Tonight in game one against the Diamondbacks, it's Rowand.


MLB Standings Update: Giants Looking to Vault Themselves Up the Standings

The San Francisco Giants and their fans would have liked to see the 2010 World Series Champions come out of the gate and play, well, like champions. But it hasn't necessarily been the case for the Giants so far, especially early in the season. The Giants have begun to get into the groove of the grind as of late, but still have work to do to catch the 10-2 Colorado Rockies, now holding the best record in the National League led by Troy Tulowitzki and his 7 home runs already. And although we are only a few weeks into the season, it already looks like it's going to be a dogfight in the NL West, seeing that 1 game separates four teams in the standings. San Diego couldn't recreate their miracle start of last season, with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have played rather inconsistently, as have the Giants. 

San Francisco currently sit one game out of the top spot in the NL wild card with the Cubs, while the Brewers and Marlins currently sit atop the standings. A lot of teams in the National League will be competitive in the wild card this year, so the Giants are going to make sure they take care of business along the way. 

NL West Standings

Colorado 10 2 .833 0 Won 6
San Francisco 6 6 .500 4 Won 2
Los Angeles 6 7 .461 4.5 Lost 3
Arizona 5 6 .454 4.5 Lost 1
San Diego 5 7 .416 5 Lost 1

(updated 4.15.2011 at 8:05 AM PDT)

National League Wild Card Standings

Milwaukee 7 5 .583 0 Won 4
Florida 7 5 .583 0 Won 2
Chicago 6 6 .500 1 Won 1
San Francisco 6 6 .500 1 Won 2
Los Angeles 6 7 .461 1.5 Lost 3
St. Louis 6 7 .461 1.5 Won 2
Arizona 5 6 .454 1.5 Lost 1
Washington 5 7 .416 2 Lost 2
San Diego 5 7 .416 2 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 5 7 .416 2 Lost 4
Atlanta 5 8 .384 2.5 Lost 2
Houston 4 9 .307 3.5 Won 1
New York 4 9 .307 3.5 Lost 5

(updated 4.15.2011 at 8:06 AM PDT)

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