The San Francisco Giants were staring down the barrel Tuesday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks were gunning for a tie for first place in the NL West at AT&T Park. And thanks to two big swings from Justin Upton and rookie Paul Goldschmidt the D'backs got just what they wanted, dropping the Giants by a score of 6-1.
Tim Lincecum (L 9-9) had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning, but ended quickly with a Ryan Roberts single, followed by Goldschmidt's first major league bomb deep to right field. Timmy would last through the seventh, finishing the night with only three hits against him along with three walks and eight strikeouts on 112 pitches. His replacement, Ramon Ramirez, fared no better in his inning of work, allowing another two run jack to the D'backs, this time to Justin Upton. Javy Lopez allowed another two runs in the ninth off of three hits and a walk to shore up a forgetful night for the Giants' bullpen.
Aside from an RBI double from Pablo Sandoval in the fourth the Giants offense once again stunk, even though Pablo went 3-4. Carlos Beltran was 1-4, as was Aubrey Huff, while Orlando Cabrera went 1-4. San Francisco left six men on base as well as hitting into two double plays.
Daniel Hudson (W 11-7) was very solid in his eight innings of work, allowing the lone run on six hits along with one walk and five K's.
With the loss the Giants move to 61-49 on the year., and into a tie for first in the NL West along with Arizona. Full box score can be found here.
San Francisco will look to avoid being swept for the second straight series on Wednesday, sending out Ryan Vogelsong (8-1 2.23 ERA) to take on the newly acquired Jason Marquis (8-5 3.95 ERA) in his D'back debut. First pitch is set for 12:45 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.